- Clients: Agence Régionale d'Equipements et d'Aménagement (AREA-PACA), Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, représenté par l'Agence Régionale d'Equipements et d'Aménagement (AREA-PACA)
- City: Gap
- Country: France
Text description provided by the architects. The main object of this project is the energetic renovation of the Paul Heraud High School in Gap , France , in order to reduce by 50% the energetic consumptions and to get the gold level for the BDM label . Last November, we obtained this BDM label gold level for the realization phase . In addition to the initial program , The project dealt with the compliance upgrade for disabled persons and safety of the site , especially with the reorganization of the fore court and the entrance .The compliance upgrade for safety was established by the Region during the study of the project ( APD phase ) further to the Nice attacks .
This operation was used for the definition of the Region reference document concerning the schools safety . All the buildings are involved in this operation . It includes general education functions , technical education for cars and heavy trucks mechanics with a driving plateau , a gymnasium , a restaurant , the administration offices and the staff accommodation .The main works of energetic renovation consisted in reinforcing the building envelope ‘s thermal performances , in the same time for the façade , roof and attic , and high flooring of the crawl space . In order to do this , the exterior thermal insulation was reinforced and a solar protection adapted for each façade was created.
This program gives a greater place to the use of bio-based materials especially employed for insulation . Added to this , we offer main transformations for some premises such as the school library , the gymnasium cloakroom with the body-building room ,whose works allow both the energetic renovation and compliance upgrade for disabled persons . The new lay out of the forecourt , in addition with the compliance upgrade for disabled persons and safety of the site, aims to reconsider the entrance .
The architectural and landscape party involves making use of the site coverage with the creation of a pedestrian space and a high canopy above the new lodge and a bike shed which shows the entrance to the public . The high canopy can be used as a waiting , talking and meeting space . It is located in a central position and it is scooped –out to the level of the two existing centenary cedars . As a key element of the composition , this canopy shows the entrance and offers a visual access as far as the high schoolyard and the far away landscape.
The underface treatment of this canopy extends in the hall entrance up to the high schoolyard . Its expanded metal coating , champagne coloured , is the common thread from the main access to the buildings entrances . The canopy was realized with a wood structure in laminated timber with a grey wainscot in such a way as to guarantee a tint stability of the work throughout the time . This same material is used as a solar protection , both vertical and horizontal , for the façades of the buildings . The volumes , for the lodge and the bike shed , are covered with a facing expanded metal , champagne coloured which covers the façades of buildings A and B as well.
There is some touch in fanlight and apron wall of window , following the morse code .These elements create a rythm on façades of the existing buildings . In order to get an homogeneity in the treatment and a common reading for all the buildings , in spite of the strong slope of the site , the ground level is covered with a mineral facing Eternit . The spatial composition uses the street furniture like benches and flowers display compartments to structure meeting exterior spaces , for example the sas space under the two existing cedars and the future canopy . This cover creates a privacy space , highlighted with seats and platforms.