The new high school in Boulogne-Billancourt occupies a virtually triangular plot of land between rue de Meudon and traverse Jules Guesde. Its point is on place Jules Guesde
square, and the high party wall of an apartment building forms the third side at the bottom end of the plot. This emblematic public amenity of the town occupies a special location, at the junction between the old district of
Boulogne-Billancourt and the new district developed on the site of the former Renault factory. We considered that this building should act as a link of transition between two urban worlds with very distinct characteristics : on
one hand, place Jules Guesde square and rue de Meudon, which keep the atmosphere of the old neighbourhoods with their high buildings forming a continuous street frontage ; on the other hand, on traverse Jules Guesde, the modern city that is developing with its more scattered urban fabric as regards both its various heights and its architectural forms and styles. Providing the physical and urban transition between the Boulogne of yesterday and that of today, we consider that the high school also assumes another transition, which is symbolic : the passage from the world of industry and assembly line production to that of new technology and the industries of the future.
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