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André Parent Cultural Center / Olivier Werner Architecte

  • 01:00 - 23 December, 2013
André Parent Cultural Center / Olivier Werner Architecte
André Parent Cultural Center / Olivier Werner Architecte, Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte
Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

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From the architect. Some places have a stronger symbolical potential than others: the plot where the new city equipment was built is one of them.

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Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

The new cultural center stands at the entrance of the city, where its main axis – the avenue Anatole France – crosses with the rue Lucien Jonas that leads to a housing suburb recently renovated. The building was erected on an empty plot that didn’t establish any relationship between the 60’s rectangular housing buildings of the neighborhood and the traditional brick house typologies that are on the avenue.

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Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

It is then the first goal of the building to link these different fabrics, to work as a hyphen at an urban scale.

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Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

The volume is a combination of voids and filled that interact with the broad range of the surrounding scales. It opens and closes, hides and shows, raises up and down.

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Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

From the exterior, cantilevers, ruptures and passages draw the limits for the entrances, the passage and the relations with the existing buildings.

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Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

From the interior, the generous views through the windows frame different relations to the exterior and the landscape.

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Courtesy of Olivier Werner Architecte

The walls of rough white concrete and the glass curtain walls maintain the coherence of the volumes and play with the special light of the north of France.

On the contrary, the plan is simple and display the different rooms with evidence; a rational layout for the multiple uses of the building.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "André Parent Cultural Center / Olivier Werner Architecte" 23 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/460079/andre-parent-cultural-center-olivier-werner-architecte/>