Chelles Multimedia Library / Atelier Novembre Architecture

Chelles Multimedia Library / Atelier Novembre Architecture
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
Paris, France
  • Architects: Atelier Novembre Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3500.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013
  • Photographs photographs: Luc Boegly

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  • Contractor: The Marne et Chantereine municipal authority
  • Acoustics: Cabinet Lamoureux
  • Scenography: Scénarchie
  • Landscape Designer: Neveux & Rouyer
  • Technical Consultants: ISATEG/GRONTMIJ
  • Hqe: Gaudin ingénierie
  • Signage: Christine Mathieu
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© Luc Boegly
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Text description provided by the architects. The Chelles multimedia library was borne of a political ambition: to create a public structure in harmony with the current cultural centre, designed for the diverse community of Marne-Chantereine. Atelier Novembre { Jacques Pajot and Marc Iseppi } have given body to this ambition in a powerful statement from an urban, landscape design and functional perspective. URBAN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN Because it enters into a conversation with the current cultural centre, the multimedia library acts as a powerful anchor to the cultural pole, at the crossroads between different urban fabrics. It was designed by the Atelier Novembre to integrate the city and the surrounding landscape: linearity to the West and South, fragmentation to the East.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The multimedia library is supported by existing structures: the cultural centre, but also the lines drawn by roads or trees. There is a continuity between the multimedia library entry hall and that of the cultural centre. The two volumes are lined up, ordered together to enable functional connections between the two sites. The Cultural Centre’s Eastern facade, which can be seen from the multimedia library, has been renovated by Atelier Novembre to provide aesthetic consistency between the two buildings. The pedestrian areas, planted with Japanese pagoda trees, Scots pines, oaks and beeches, serve as gates to the island and guide visitors to the doors of the cultural sites. The outside areas provide spaces for local residents to make their own, to rest and enjoy the linear gardens.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The multimedia library is made up of reading rooms, divided into two main poles and spread over two levels, and a 230 seat auditorium. These two entities can be accessed through the multimedia library hall. The “U" design provides double access: the reading areas open out either onto the city or the inner courtyard which is created by this shape.

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

The "free platforms" design for the reading rooms creates great freedom to walk around the centre and help to distinguish the different spaces. These successions of spaces bring with them variations in lighting and openings, alternating window frames with large bay windows, lattices and skylights. An emphasis is given to natural light throughout the building.

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Address: Chelles, Paris, France

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Cite: "Chelles Multimedia Library / Atelier Novembre Architecture" 25 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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