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Passy Cultural Center / Beckmann N'Thepe

  • Architects: Beckmann N'Thepe
  • Location: Passy - 74, France
  • Architects: Agence Beckmann-N’Thépé
  • Project Team: Laura Giovannetti, Mathilde Mahler, Juliane Stolberg
  • Project Manager: Nicolas Gaudard
  • Collaborators: Camille Gaven, Linna Lay, Thaïs de Roquemaurel
  • Client: Mairie de Passy (74)
  • Execution Company: COTEC
  • Contractor: GFC Construction
  • Budget: 5.2 M€ excl. VAT
  • Area: 2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Stephan Lucas

© Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas

"Although unusually set within the site, the building subtly blends in with the surroundings. With its long timber roof, it creates a new horizon, a cut-out silhouette that forms a huge sculpture on the scale of the landscape. In this way, the project takes on a symbolic, contemporary dimension.

Walking about under the roof, the visitor discovers not one, but two places. Starting out from a central covered plaza, the building spreads out on one side into an activity room, and on the other into a youth club offering all kinds of activities. There is plenty of room to move around, with extra spaces to be used freely. And regularly-spaced door and window openings let in natural daylight, with broad eaves providing shade.

© Stephan Lucas
© Stephan Lucas

‘Pixelisation’ of the openings and the signs creates superimpositions that supply a link between the natural and constructed elements. So this cultural venue ensures that indoors and outdoors are placed on the same footing, and hence future users with nature.”

© Stephan Lucas
© Stephan Lucas
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