Albert Samain High school

ROUBAIX, FRANCE

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ClientConseil Général du Nord
ProgrammeRenovation and creation of a junior high school, catering, gymnasium, official accomodation
Surface7600 m²
StatusCompetition 2012
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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.

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