Boves Pharmacy, Picardie Building, Amiens Architecture, France Architect Design Images

Boves Pharmacy, Somme, France

Amiens Building Information: Northern French Architecture design by Ian Ritchie Architect

Boves Building

Location: Boves, southwest of Amiens, Somme, Picardie, northern France

Date built: 1985-86

Design: Ian Ritchie Architects

Boves Pharmacy Boves Pharmacy Somme
photos © Jocelyne Van den Bossche

This commission gave Ian Ritchie Architects the opportunity to test pre-assembly and pre-fabrication quality solely by telecommunications. The project was designed and engineered in our London office, understood and interpreted in Viry s.a. in Epinal (Vosges), then checked in London – by fax.

Site assembly began on 19 June 1989 and the Pharmacy opened 3 weeks later on 8 July in Boves, near Amiens, in northern France. There was one site survey visit, one visit at the time of the two trucks of the ‘convoi exceptionel’ delivering the building elements and two site inspections after occupation. The final account was completed on 8 October 1989.

The concept of the pharmacy is based on three unusual criteria : 1. No traditional shop window. 2. No traditional counter. 3. Incorporate accommodation for an on – duty overnight pharmacist. The challenge to the chemist was to accept the ‘village’ location, as against the ‘High Street’ and in recognising this to believe in the public service he was providing, in particular to the old, and mothers and children.

Boves Building images / information from Ian Ritchie Architects in 2007

Boves Pharmacy design : Ian Ritchie Architects

Location: Boves, Somme, Picardy, northeast of France, near the Belgian border

Somme Buildings

Key Picardy Architecture Projects:

Albert Cultural Centre
Date built: 1993
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
French cultural building

Fluy House, nr Amiens
Date built: 1977
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
Somme house

Primary School, Daours, nr Amiens
Date built: 1992
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
Picardie school building

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Boves is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. Boves is situated on the D935 and D116 road junction, on the banks of the river Avre, some 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Amiens.

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