Paul Valery High School / N+B Architectes

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© Paul Kozlowski

Architects: N+B Architectes / Elodie Nourrigat & Jacques Brion
Location: Menton,
Associated architect: Romain JAMOT
Client: Région Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur
Floor area: 900 sqm restructured / 2,800 sqm of extension
Budget: 5,9 M EUR
Design Year: 2004
Construction Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

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The project takes into account the notions of flexibility, of environmental awareness, of simplicity of use, of functionality, of coherence that enable the programmatic entities to be linked together around exterior spaces that are re-dimensioned and re-planned.


© Paul Kozlowski
© Paul Kozlowski

The scale of the place was found thanks to the location of buildings with appropriated dimension. The care of spaces is thought as for an urban entity, like a microcosm offering a diversity of landscapes. The new buildings take place in the heart of the gardens: gardens with plants for the boarding school, but also “urban garden” and mineral one for the teaching places. The ambition of this project is to offer a coherence set in a specific environment.

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  • emira

    Even if the building might be interesting, it’s a real pity that it has NOTHING to do with the amazing architectonic context of this beautiful village…HOw can one use all that timber in this precise area?

    • gorgos

      I dont see your point. In fact, the village seems to be engulfed with trees and nature. Why narrow the materials to stone?

  • Tosh

    Not bad. It’s nice it was realized with all the wood as designed – usually they don’t get the money and start looking for substitutes which looks awful in the end.. : /

    Not bad at all. Really nice even.. good job!

    The plan is probably the thing that is the least developed but it is still just enought in order for it to be really pleasing for the eye..

    Good Job!

  • zuzanna

    What program do they use to do those plans? I mean the ones with shadows etc?

  • titi

    autocad & photoshop. No more, no less.
    and btw, they are both architecture teachers.

  • three zed

    so warm.
    great job.