Groupe Scolaire Normandie-Niemen / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

  • 25 Oct 2012
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© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: , Île-de-France, France
Area: 3720 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Hervé Abbadie

© Sergio Grazia

The area is characterized by an urban typology of periphery of the city center marked by the presence of vast estate of dwellings. The project is a real element of animation and redevelopment within the district.

© Sergio Grazia

Creating a shared square nearby the school complex, the multi purpose hall and the gymnasium leads to a transition space between the public road and the buildings, generating a meeting space for parents and residents.

© Sergio Grazia

These local facilities give impetus to the development of the district and, therefore, must assert itself as quality contemporary buildings.

© Sergio Grazia

The square from the Martin Luther King Avenue is structured to distribute all programs: multipurpose hall, gymnasium, kindergarten, elementary school, recreation center. The hill just extend to encompass the hall.

© Sergio Grazia

A planted patio separates the entrances to the two schools and visually connects the square to the slope of the neighboring parcels. It seemed important to maintain transparency to the extensive green space, strong elements of the site.

© Sergio Grazia

Each entity has its own clean operation, and is completely independent from the rest with its outdoor spaces and gardens. The varied views and atmospheres we offer for different programs contribute to strengthen the sense of evolution within the same site.

© Hervé Abbadie

It is for us to create a project in harmony with the landscape quality of the site, while affirming the public aim of the building, which also must respond to a trouble‐free operation.


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