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Mediatheque / Complex City

Mediatheque / Complex City
Courtesy of Complex City
Courtesy of Complex City

Designed by Complex City in an area of Toulouse, France, the Mediatheque is built through network connections and brick concepts. As a place of network connections, the media library becomes a space which preserves and gives access to audio-visual contents, sound documents and video recordings, material considered as cultural testimony with the same value than written documents. This building also has the purpose of exalting the brick, an architectural material considered as a cultural patrimony of this region. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Divided between paper and virtual information, it characterizes a reality of a modern way to use space, these places will evolve in a parallel manner to media progress but especially to technology progress, having as main support the computer supplied with Internet.

Courtesy of Complex City
Courtesy of Complex City

Elevations are made of two types of bricks: a varnish brick and an extruded brick with a technology which makes possible to collect solar energy during the day and to use it for lighting during the evening. Each extruded brick is located in a precise place, symbolizing a study of Internet network connections existing now a day. These networks create a random virtual map, bridge of internet connections, synonymous of “media” interconnections.

Courtesy of Complex City
Courtesy of Complex City

With a simple program, the interior is a sober space that encourages “media”tation, meditation, and lecture.

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Courtesy of Complex City

Architects: Complex City Location: Toulouse, France Floor Area: 500 m² Number of Floors: 2 Status: Competition Year: 2012

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Mediatheque / Complex City" 11 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/271146/mediatheque-complex-city/> ISSN 0719-8884
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