Lons le Saunier Mediatheque / du Besset-Lyon Architectes

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: du Besset-Lyon Architectes
Location: Lons-le-Saunier,
Design Team: Dominique Lyon, Pierre du Besset
Project Manager: Anne Tellier
Team: Khephren Ingénierie (Structure), Espace Temps (Fluids Engineering), Jean-Claude Drauart (Economist), Franck Boutte (HQE Consultant), Véronique Ratel (Architect d’execution)
Client: Communauté de Communes du Bassin de Lons-le-Saunier
Area: 3,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault


© Philippe Ruault

The existing buildings: the church, the Hotel de Balay and the wall of the prison form an impressive urban setting made up of simple lines, great mineral surfaces and imposing masses. Unfortunately, the relation that these three constructions maintain cannot be experienced from the street. Obviously, a fourth element is needed on the north side to complete the urban structure.

© Philippe Ruault

The missing element is the library/cinemas. The new building has the courtesy to curve itself in order to spare a public place that opens on the street. An urban respiration is created which is welcome in a very dense built context.

© Philippe Ruault

Like its neighbours, the lines of the new building are simple, its matter is mineral (concrete) and its presence is stated without superfluous arrangements of volumes and materials.

© Philippe Ruault

It draws its strength and its strangeness owing to the fact that it maintains an active relationship with its neighbours. Thus, the curvature of its southern façade addresses a direct response to the large slope of the slate covered roof of the church; the curve of its plan constitutes a natural connection between the street of Cordeliers, the new central place and the back of the church.

© Philippe Ruault

If it is respectful of its environment, the new building is also keen to assert its unique presence. Its aesthetic is regulated by a combination of curved lines. By this process it appears an autonomous object. Placed in front of one of his frontages, one seizes the system that regulates it, understands that it applies to the unit and perceives the whole.

© Philippe Ruault

The architectural expression of the exterior is found in the interior. From the entrance, one perceives the entirety of interior volume.
The interior organization is of a great clearness: the various functions are distributed on three levels plus a basement for the movie theatres.

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Cite: "Lons le Saunier Mediatheque / du Besset-Lyon Architectes" 16 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=292808>

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