Hospital Nord Franche-Comté

VR documentary of Richard Copans

After 22 years of work and a consistent and exacting editorial policy, the Architectures collection co-produced by ARTE and Les Films d’Ici is coming to an end. In 22 years, the collection has produced 67 films and has been sold over 500 times in 39 territories. 11 DVDs of 6 films have been brought out in a dozen languages.

If there’s a discipline where VR understandably finds its place, it is definitely architecture. That’s why Richard Copans along with Films d’Archi suggested Architectvres to Bachibouzouk, a film collection in VR360 which, bringing together real images and 3D stereoscopic animation, incorporates the basics of the Architectures collection: telling a story, conveying better understanding of a structure and its volume ratios, light effects, spaces, perspectives, and lines.

Richard Copans’ film on the Nord Franche-Comté Hospital is the first opus of this new collection. 

The director sheds light on the Trévenans Hospital, built by the architect Jérôme Brunet, and which opened in 2017. It brings together the teams from the Belfort and Montbéliard Hospitals, which are now closed. All that in a structure that’s 250 metres long by 90 metres wide, and 5 storeys high, up on a hillside. It’s a functional place that has to accommodate patients in A&E, outpatients for external consultations, and inpatients. Over 20 specialised departments are to be found here. 

It was therefore necessary for the architecture to completely separate outpatient consultations from inpatient services, and reduce to the strict minimum the distances that patients and medical staff need to cover to get around. Highly fluid spaces and natural lighting are essential to forward plan for medical developments, deal with epidemic outbreaks, and limit the impact of stress. 

Richard Copans builds his film around 3 itineraries that cross and follow each other: the itinerary of an outpatient coming for an external consultation, then that of a patient who comes in via A&E, who is then admitted and operated on, followed by the itinerary taken by food, laundry and medication.