The project is set in a panoramic landscape of lush, soft, rolling mountains that surround the campus, providing a natural scenic setting of very high quality. The scheme for this site is a mise en abymethat mirrors the mountain scenery, reflecting its natural topography, acting by contrast and promoting the simplicity of the figure together with an abstract geometry of volumes: the line as a fundamental element. On the scale of the great wide landscape, the campus figure asserts itself as a pure horizontal forme. The scheme enhances the site’s linearity and geography. Like an inhabited bridge running from west to east, it links together the northern and southern sides of Rue de l’Industrie and Rue des Entrepôts, creating connections at all levels. Like a line in the landscape, the “inhabited bridge” is carefully placed by columns on the forum/meeting area that is positioned above the base and designed as a central atrium in the middle of the campus.
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