Located on the urban periphery of Granville, this musical school sits in a landscape that is both rural and urban. In this setting, the school brings together many of music schools that were scattered across several municipalities. Hidden by the terrain, the building borrows from the surrounding rural farms, barns, and small factories and translates them into a contemporary language. The details are simple and clean with a hint of rustication ie. the pre-patina copper green.
Location: 1301 Route de Vaudroulin 50400 Granville, France
Project Team: Karine Herman and Jérôme Sigwalt, Rebecca Pelayo and Sébastien Fiore (assistant architects)
Project Area: 1,305 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Simon Deprez
The city of Dijon and Teletech International have chosen MVRDV to transform a disused Dijon Mustard laboratory completed in 2004 into an innovative call centre with an education centre, incubator and social program. Transformation through reuse is one of the contemporary issues in European architecture since the current crisis. Completion of the 6000m2 refurbishment is planned for 2012. More images and complete press release after the break.
Butong, originally a Swedish-based firm, specializes in a unique concrete moulding process which offers a wider range of freedom to designers. We’ve featured Butong previously on ArchDaily as their product was used for Visiondivison’s Cancer City resulting in an amazing lightweight slightly-transparent concrete landscape. The company has just shared their latest collaborative work – an installation between the Collectifs Cochenko and Quatorze as part of the drug awareness campaign commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and MILDT. The project, translated to “Space, light, sound and drugs,” creates a sensory environment combined with a personal experience due to the visitor’s movement and mindset.
More images and more about the project after the break.
O-S Architects shared with us the Cultural Center of Saint-Germain-lès-Arpagon in Essonne, France, a project they won in January 2011 that will be in completed in 2013. Surrounded by a school and a cemetery, the project takes advantage of the sloping site to fit discreetly, while affirming its status of signal. The program is split into two levels, a high-level square and a low level square connected by a passage crossing the building. The urban composition and tight line in the landscape position the project as a pole of attraction in the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The 590ft (180m) proposed Herzog de Meuron design labeled ‘Triangle Tower’, has been in the spotlight over recent weeks after the cross-party council approved the tower’s protocol agreement. Opposing the recent approval, Green party members are eager to share their thoughts commenting that the “colossal” project is “yet another office block” according to party member Yves Contassot.
The controversy over the 40-story steel and glass building surely was anticipated; the French capital has had a 30+ year drought of buildings over 121ft. In 1977 a ban was put into place, shortly after the completion of the 689ft Tour Montparnasse, because Parisians feared that the city center would lose its existing urban fabric to skyscrapers similar to the Montparnasse.
To most Parisians the Montparnasse’s over exaggerated proportions and lack of character have left an uneasy feeling for future skyscraper development. Many citizens are not opposed to high-rise development, such as Olivier de Rohan Chabot member of Safeguard of French Art, however he has concerns, “Look at the Montparnasse Tower; it has crushed the hotel des Invalides (housing Napoleon’s tomb). The monument was built to be grandiose. But what has it become? A dwarf. The tower ridicules it. In this sense, it’s a veritable attack on the beauty of the capital” (as stated Le Figaro newspaper).
More following the break.
Concrete Islands is a group exhibition of photography and video exploring contemporary experiences of utopian architectural projects. For many architects modernism was a physical manifestation of human progress and, as architectural historian Colin Rowe wrote in The Architecture of Good Intentions, “The architect could stipulate an intrinsic connection between the form of his buildings and the condition of society.”
The works in Concrete Islands, by a selection of international contemporary artists, document, celebrate and critique architectural projects designed with inherent social and political values that now exist in various stages of inhabitation, dereliction and destruction.
The exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone for Analix Forever, will feature the works of Andreas Angelidakis, Iwan Baan, Frédéric Chaubin, Mounir Fatmi, and Niklas Goldbach. For more information, please click here.
The Offices of Pons + Huot a ‘Forest Through the Table’ is the Paris headquarters of these two companies with a total of fifteen executives. Christian Pottgiesser’s design was a unique response, creating a unit that has seven individual rooms for each director and one open-space-office for the remaining eight clerks. In addition there is one (divisible) meeting-room, a common recreational room, a kitchen, rest rooms, and, at the special request of the patron, lush vegetation all over the main space.
Architects: Christian Pottgiesser – architecturespossibles
Location: 5 place de la bataille de Stalingrad, Paris 10ème
Project Team: Christian Pottgiesser (architect) and Pascale Pottgiesser (artist)
Desk Studies: Joel Betito (engineer)
Control Office: GARDEN control technic
Security Coordination: MSH board
Fire Safety: Casso & Co.
Shell: p.v.m., vine-sur-Seine
Carpentry: Yves Le Sann s.a. for Reinhardt, Ingwiller
Project Area: 540 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Pottgiesser – architecturespossibles