Jean Moulin School / Prinvault Architectes

  • 26 Jun 2013
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: Prinvault Architectes
Location: Bernay,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Sophie Abou-Haidar, Camille Marchand, Denis Milhaud, Antoine Marro
Area: 747 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Cousin-Marsy

Consultants: Echos, Cayla, Alpha Bet
Partner In Charge: François Prinvault
Project Leader: Mathieu Honorat
Main Contractors: POULINGUE, SMCB

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The Jean Moulin School, built in Bernay (Normandy) in 2012 by Prinvault Architectes (Paris) replaces a school destroyed in an arson attack in 2009.

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The project satisfies three requests of the municipality: to adjust the size of the school to the current local schooling needs, to redefine the nature of the relation to the existing family center and to rejuvenate the area with a contemporary building.

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Built on a single level, the building is organized around a central corridor with niches recessed to accommodate benches and create various informal spaces for children. Different sized windows frame multiple views of the court, the sky or the treetops.

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The building skeleton is a timber frame structure, its roof is green and the heating burns wood.

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The new building has hence overcome the traumatic loss with its range of 1000 colorful cladding strips that match the colors fire: a digitized photo revealed a spectrum of 2.5% black, 2.5% zinc yellow, 2.5% yellow gold, 2.5% red-brown, 25% orange-red, burgundy 25%, and 40% carmine red… A random formula Excel is then used to generate the distribution of the 1000 strips the facade cladding component.

Floor Plan

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