- Engineers:INGEROP Engigneers
- General Enterprise:Rabot Dutilleul Construction
Text description provided by the architects. A building included inside the town
The facade on the boulevard represents a major turning point although it remains integrated in the existing templates. The facility exposes itself as a symbol of renewal, at the same time respecting the balance of the urban context that surrounds it.
A building opened over the town.
The copper woven mesh opens like a curtain over the city. It unfolds like a filter in front of a fully glazed façade. It shows off the facility while protecting it. The underlying play of transparency and light varies depending on the time of day and school schedules. The life of the building reflects and is integrated in the lively downtown.
A full light building
Artistic activities require natural high-quality light. Light without dazzle requires a detailed and specific approach in each direction. The gardens and patios are outstanding pieces of work, which allow soft light to radiate - in depth - within the entire building. All workshops benefit from a full front natural light.
A work of art building
An art school opens the way for specific thought, allowing to directly express its showcase vocation in the service of artistic disciplines.
We favoured the use of materials strongly expressing this particularity:
-Copper for its intrinsic qualities of natural material: brightness, lightness, but also for its outstanding longevity which makes it the king of all the material used in the greatest public monuments blankets.
-A convergence between sculpture, painting, engraving and architecture, it is one of the materials that best reflects the artistic ambition of the architectural project.
-The concrete mould completes the mineral look of the project. Its textured appearance contrasts with the image of a bas-relief with the smooth patina copper.
-The plant completes the composition of raw materials. Garden Arts, planted patios, grassed roofs and a green wall, make the vegetation pervasive and visible everywhere in the project.
Diversity programs centrality Town Houses.
The project brings together in a unique framework an art school and 25 flats. These are not two separate buildings, but a project composed of two programs carried out with the same ambition and inventiveness of renewal for the heart of town. The flats are like houses placed on the roof, they offer a unique architectural response adapted to the needs of a new way of living in the city centre.