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Media Center, Agora and Municipal Archives / MU Architects

Media Center, Agora and Municipal Archives / MU Architects

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Épernon, France
  • Architects: MU Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 600.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018
  • Photographs Photographs: David Foessel
  • Lead Architects

    Maïra Caldoncelli-Vidal, Ludovic Malbet, Grégoire Dubreux
  • Client

    City of Epernon
  • Landscape

    AC&T Paysage
  • Collaborators

    Marc Vallet (sceno)
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© David Foessel
© David Foessel

Text description provided by the architects. On the boardwalk that connects the medieval part of the city to the modern city center, the humble Media center stares at the horizon. Everyone is invited to enter this resourceful space open onto the exterior.

© David Foessel
© David Foessel

The Media center’s founding element is the landscape in which it is inserted. Placed on a frequently flooded ground, the plan is therefore raised on stilts. The modulations of the concrete screed, which covers the ground, calls upon the passerby, nests the spectator in the agora and raises the gaze towards the horizon.

© David Foessel
© David Foessel
Site plan
Site plan
© David Foessel
© David Foessel

Reception and consultation areas are inserted in a glass box bathed in sunlight. Two patios have been landscaped in order to bring the vegetation into the interior spaces: an airlock allows the visitor to briefly escape to an interior landscape. On the ceiling, a stretched canvas with the regional heritage patterns (public art project) punctuates the spaces.

© David Foessel
© David Foessel

By taking the wood path that leads to the city, under the awnings, the Media center floats like a lantern between two shores.

© David Foessel
© David Foessel

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Address: 11 Avenue de la Prairie, 28230 Épernon, France

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Media Center, Agora and Municipal Archives / MU Architects" 05 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/927779/media-center-agora-and-municipal-archives-mu-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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