CFA Quimper / Atelier Arcau

  • 13 Feb 2013
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: Atelier Arcau
Location: Quimper,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Arcau

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On the heights of Quimper, in the heart of Apprentice Training Centre, the new food center became the natural, main and structuring element of the campus. Its delicate inscription in the site generates a certain form of fragility. Functional and topographical constraints led us to develop a “long” project.

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The 155m long monolith placed on a recessed pedestal seems to stand in a precarious balance.   The project takes place between the two opposite facades: • To the north, a concrete wall constitutes the limits of the building in relation to the existing and surrounding ones. Vertical notches punctuate the façade, which provides access to all departments (bakery, butcher, catering). • To the south, in a random rhythm, strips of chestnut boards rough sawn make a lively filter that follows and masks the flow of supplies and / or departure of the waste.

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This double wall protects the teaching facilities from sun exposure. Patios dug in the volume, ensure the natural light supply in the heart of the platform.  The two facades meet by the restaurant, the access platform around which the project pivots and turns, is privileged, as a belvedere above the valley.   The location north / south, on the slope, the constructive and technical choices, the management of light and careful treatment of the landscape are the associated factors with the environmental approach.

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