- Client: Ville De Roubaix
- Cost: 7 M€ Ht
- City: Roubaix
- Country: France
In the west neighborhood of Roubaix, inside a heritage site area, the restoration and extension of the music academy contribute to the urban renewal. In a well communicated area, the music academy promise to generate a big influence in the territory.
Until now not too visible, this public equipment required a strong work in his access. As well asthe restoration of the main building and the demolition of some walkways and volumes in the courtyard, the urban interface had been questioned. To settle down a will to open the building to the city, the idea was to create a big showcase, showing the intention of this cultural equipment in the heart of the city.
Paying attention to the quality of the historical surroundings, the extension adopt as a first point of reference the size of the current building.
His silhouette reproduce the existing geometry, following the principal line. An empty build to create new possibilities, different ways to cross, to occupy the space.
The high point of the project, the great height of the main hall is the special feature of the project. His silhouette is visible far away, by night and by day, a music academy working mainly from 16 to 20. His generous space offer a great fluidity for the users, keeping the old façade, now became an interior wall.
Three volumes, projected in the main garden, animate the new façade. Their difference depth sketch a new relation with the environment.
Symbols of the contemporary intervention, the three extrusion enhance the potential of this cultural center. The main elements of the program are linked to them.