The ring form that we propose enhances and takes advantage of two major features of the setting: the canal’s strong presence, and the red beech with its mythical and educational value. The unique ring figure, forming an architectural continuum with the existing buildings, opens the view of the canal and extends the canal bank walk into the school enclosure. To accentuate the building’s massing on the canal, some classrooms project beyond the facade to allow them to be identified by the pupils and to create an architectural dynamic on the outside. The school’s ring form develops from the ground floor to the second upper floor, and the classrooms face west onto the canal. The school ’s configuration, facing two ways and crossing thro ugh the entire site, creates spatial comfort thanks to the diversity of views of the inner landscape and of the canal.
Salwa Mikou & Selma Mikou - Unit Master inter 16
Saint-Denis, France 2009
A coloured roof which gives reference to the lanterns of the cathedrals next to the building.
The body of the building seen from the main street shows a glazed screen façade giving the possibility for transparency in the interior gardens and under the coloured ceiling.
A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre , visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.
The project is designed as connected fragments: blue islands that are both isolated from the façade by circulation areas and open to an inner sea. The inner void of the courtyard evokes the outline of the Tallinn shoreline and contrasts with the regular oblong form of the external volume