Interface projects

Council of Europe

Project specifications

Location: France
Installation m²: 14,000 m²

Products used

  • Chenille Warp - Flash Back


With Chenille Warp, Interface provided its expertise as a leader in industrial ecology and brought added-value to this High Environmental Quality initiative.

Founded on 5 May 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop common democratic and legal principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.

Its aims:
• to protect human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law;

• to promote awareness and encourage the development of Europe’s cultural identity and diversity;

• to find common solutions to the challenges facing European society, such as discrimination against minorities, xenophobia, intolerance, bioethics and cloning, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, organised crime and corruption, cybercrime, violence against children;

• to consolidate democratic stability in Europe by backing political, legislative and constitutional reform.

The Council of Europe has a pan-European dimension with 47 member countries. For its brand new building in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe decided to install Chenille Warp to carpet offices and passageways, representing an area of no less than 14,000 m²!

The soft tones of the Flashback colour scheme blend perfectly with the signage used in the space, creating a calming atmosphere that’s conducive to concentration. In addition to its thermal and acoustic performance, Chenille Warp also incorporates a large number of recycled materials into its composition, which enables it Photographer: Vincent Uetwiller to meet no fewer than 10 of the 14 HQE (High Environmental Quality) initiative targets, making it the ideal floor covering for this HQE Council of Europe building. The impressive feature about this building is the capacity to reduce energy consumption per employee per annum by an average of 150 kWh, down to 95 kWh.

The Council of Europe new general office building in Strasbourg, completed in 2007 by the firm Art & Build (Brussels) in association with Denu & Paradon Architects, was declared winner of the Best Office and Business Centre category during the 18th annual MIPIM international real estate event, hosted in Cannes in March 2008.

The Council of Europe was up against the R&F Centre Tower in Guangzhou, China, designed by the architecture firm ADEAS, and the Midtown Tower in Tokyo, Japan, by the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

We, the Council of Europe, the City of Strasbourg, the architects and everyone involved in this project, can be duly proud of this success.

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