J. Lurçat high school and gymnasium

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE

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Information

ClientConseil Général du 93
ProgrammeScientific and technical college, catering, boarding school, gymnasium, staff accommodation
Surface12 000 m²
StatusCompleted 2008-2012

Credits

Mikou Studio, Florian Kleinefenn

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Jean Lurçat Collège in Saint Denis is at the junction of two basic fabrics (one landscape and one cityscape).It is both in the middle of nature surrounded by greenery and very near to the low-rise housing around it. The challenge with this building is that it must be integrated into the site without masking the park landscape, while linking the domestic scale. We designed the school as a series of separate but linked blocks or wings in a park. They are unified by buffer areas open onto planted patios that allow transparency of the view onto the sports park and by an undulating folded metal roof that protects the patios from risks of overheating in summer and creates a microclimate in the terraced gardens. The configuration of the scheme in separate blocks identifies each of the teaching buildings while creating visual bearings and several different viewpoints from inside the school.

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