Bondy School / Atelier Phileas

Architects: Atelier Phileas (member of PLAN01)
Location: Bondy,
Client: Town of Bondy – SODEDAT 93
Program: 15 classes, Youth center, Multifunction room, Library, canteen
Contractor: COLAS
Consultants: BETOM Ingénierie / CAP TERRE / AVEL Acoustique
Constructed Area: 3,100 sqm
Budget: 5.7M Euro + tax (US $7.18M + tax)
Project year: 2007
Photographer: Stephan Lucas

The project is developed on the basis of a programme consisting of 15 classes, a canteen and a leisure centre, with a special feature: two spaces (multi-purpose hall and computer room) are open to the public outside school time. In view of the environmental approach, in particular prevailing winds and an attempt to make use of free solar power, we chose to place the classrooms on the east and split the programme into two parts, along the length of the building.

The two halves of the building connected by walkways create the figure we were trying to obtain to both assert the institution: a hall protected by a large overhang, and assert the opening: from the street, the view stretches out right to the end of the playground. The existing beautiful landscaped alignment extends to the centre of the project, with numerous trees and hedges planted along the shared walls.

In addition to the choice of building orientation, other devices are implemented to anchor the sustainable quality of the project: green roofs, terracotta sunshade, solar panels (hot water production), thermal bridge breakers, reinforced insulation, rainwater storage tank, etc.

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  • Contemporary Art

    I like the wooden slats trend here much more than I usually do. It must be strange to be in class overlooking a graveyard, but sculpturally I really like how the building relates to the headstones. It’s a small thing, but I also respond to the odd angles at which they hung the fluorescent lights.

  • Cameron

    I love the notion that the architectural WISDOM of this institution lies permanently within its foreground.

  • Maria-Louiza Laopodi

    Although I generally like the project, I don’t really like the space between the 2 volumes in the courtyard. It reminds me more of office buildings rather than school/ kids space. The way the light is introduced into the building is very interesting.

  • Angela

    I want more clear drawing(sketch) for study.

    I’m studying architecture in South Korea.
    I aleady sended mail to this web. but I can’t receive reply.

  • alireza

    Unfortunately, its documents (plans and sections) aren’t clear enough.

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