Landscape ArchitectBertrand Massé
Text description provided by the architects. The community centre is a key-element of the city, being located between a true urban area and an A-listed park. It answers three main issues:
- how to create a true meeting place for the town as the whole, while bridging a 6m high level gap
- how to offer qualitative transition from the city to the park, from urban to wild
- how to dissolve within the existing landscape and disappear from neighbours’ eyes
Two main features define the architectural solution: on the outside a generous pedestrian path offers both distance from the neighbours and sufficient light to semi-underground level.
On the inside, the central hall follows the same direction, stretching from the urban square to a belvedere onto the park. This hall gives access to various services with specific degrees of intimacy (community centre, kindergarten, centre for youth, associative spaces), while being a gathering place with abundant light.
The envelope of the building is multifaceted, with various angles to answer different conditions, to reduce visual impact and to maximize views to the outside.
The result is visually discreet building that offers numerous relations to the park and the city, all in accordance to the various functions it hosts.