Covered Market and Exhibition Area in Schiltigheim / Dominique Coulon & associés

Covered Market and Exhibition Area in Schiltigheim / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons + 34

Schiltigheim, France
  • Architect Assistant

    Guillaume Wittmann, Mathilde Blum, Diego Bastos-Romero
  • Construction Site Supervision

    Steve Letho Duclos
  • Structural Engineer

    Batiserf Ingénierie
  • Electrical Engineer

    BET G.Jost
  • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer

    Solares Bauen
  • Client

    Ville de Schiltigheim
  • Cost Estimator

    E3 économie
  • Budget

    3 600 000 € H.T
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© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

Text description provided by the architects. Schiltigheim is the third largest town in the Bas-Rhin département (eastern France) in terms of population and is the most densely populated town in the Strasbourg metropolis. It developed in the nineteenth century, centered on brewing and related industrial activities. These activities declined in the late twentieth century, leaving much industrial land lying waste. The rehabilitation of the butchers’ cooperative is part of a process initiated by the municipality with the aim of regenerating the town’s urban fabric.

© David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda
© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

The place was originally a distillery, before becoming a butchers’ cooperative, and had been taken over by the municipal authorities, who had turned it into an exhibition area for young artists and a place for drama performances. When the venue ceased to meet the safety standards in force, it was closed to the public — for a decade. The substantial rehabilitation project deals with the building in two ways: the emblematic site in the heart of the historic center of the town has been given a new lease of life, while its heritage and architectural integrity have been preserved. Its mixed programme and the through passage it creates confers on it the status of public space, accommodating a market, places for shopkeepers, an exhibition area, and a creative workshop.


This new art center and covered market are set within an exemplary built context, comprising strips of land and remarkable examples of vernacular architecture. While affirming its contemporary dimension, it highlights the constructional and aesthetic qualities of the existing buildings on the site. In doing so, it returns to a process that has characterized the formation of our built heritage — stratification.

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

The transparency of the bay windows contrasts with the material opacity of the wood-framed houses. It thrusts itself upwards, providing shelter for the summer bar, which really extends the exhibition area outdoors. This generous arrangement confers institutional status on the cultural center, which is intended above all to serve as a place where all can gather and talk. On the inside, the architecture and the scenography are used to promote spatial polyvalence by proposing efficient internal functioning and modulable light. Here, the exhibition area attains its universal ideal, becoming a single space with multiple uses.

© David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

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Address: 17 Rue Principale, 67300 Schiltigheim, France

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Cite: "Covered Market and Exhibition Area in Schiltigheim / Dominique Coulon & associés" 27 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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Schiltigheim市场和展区 / Dominique Coulon & associés

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