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La Turbie Mediatheque / Heams & Michel Architectes

  • 01:00 - 20 September, 2010
La Turbie Mediatheque / Heams & Michel Architectes
La Turbie Mediatheque / Heams & Michel Architectes, © S. Demailly
© S. Demailly

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From the architect. In the old village of La Turbie, close to the Trophy of August, we were asked to transform an old abandoned oven in a mediatheque.

The realization of such a program, in this particular place, only composed of village houses, is atypical. The plot is surrounded by four existing buildings, and so, the majority of the elevations are blind. The surface of the plot is 100 m 2 and half of this surface is occupied by two old ovens.

In this project, we propose to play with the contrast between subjects, textures and feelings felt in the streets of the village and those that we would find in a mediatheque.

While respecting the history of this place that is so important for the inhabitants, this project is as atypical as the program and its geographical situation.

© S. Demailly
© S. Demailly

The old ovens are completely demolished to create a maximum of surface. Their memory is preserved by the projection of their footprint on the ground. In this small place, we designed mobile and ludic systems to answer to the complicated program and its different functions. Along the peripheral walls are nested linear racks, illuminated by tubes of light embedded in the wall, in a high position.

© S. Demailly
© S. Demailly

These shelves can receive books and also small colored seats and caster boxes. A large piece of furniture divides the space, playing with the different perspectives. It offers a desk and two computers. Sliding partitions with magnetized surface can be used for posting, creating animation on the wall.

A partition on casters nestled in the wall of the toilets can be opened, doubling the surface of posting. This partition can also acts as a projection screen.

© S. Demailly
© S. Demailly

A large glass roof illuminates the reading areas with natural light. Artificial lights in a shape of drops water materialize the ludic space that is at the place of the old ovens. The pieces of furniture are all in white enameled wood. This colour was chosen to increase the feeling of space and to contrast with the colours of the architecture of the village. Three colours were chosen for the furniture which punctuates the space. A glassy wall is printed of quotations of famous authors who wrote about La Turbie. This glassy wall comes in superposition of the existing stone facade, writing a new page in the history of the village, without disclaiming the past.

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Komarovska · December 10, 2010

that's great, nice, very nice facade))

putthisin · September 25, 2010

Beautiful. Clear, tasteful and unpretentious

Gosia Kung, AIA · September 22, 2010

New meaning to the "French Country" style http://fb.me/HaVZ0BGo

Emi · September 22, 2010

Was better before!

omikey · September 22, 2010

You French architecture dudes are cool… nice job.

André Amaral · September 22, 2010

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DaDe · September 22, 2010

I think there is two round marks on the floor to remember the old ovens. I like this little project !

wpgmb · September 22, 2010 07:30 PM

i'm not sure if "two round marks on the floor" would immediately remind visitors of the now demolished ovens. but whatever. it's a cute project, but i just think it was kind of a cop-out.

Paula Lopes · September 21, 2010

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Rédaction Archimag · September 21, 2010

Un projet de transformation architecturale pour la médiathèque de La Turbie http://bit.ly/aaAk3F

wpgmb · September 21, 2010

it would have been nice if they had somehow managed to salvage the void space of the old ovens. that's the nice thing about adaptive reuse projects: you still get a hint of the old bldg. here there is no hint, just white walls.

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Wow... Desperate project:)..... I think i was very complicated for this small plot. But the final work is very solid and clear...

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shetu · September 21, 2010

interesting facade

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