Bottrop’s Higher Technical College is in the town centre, located between a major urban intersection on the West and South and a quiet residential neighbourhood on the East of the site. We designed it as an open amenity that passes through the entire site by freeing a large hardscaped esplanade on the South which provides the building with a set-back external assembly space. The building’s figure is sculpted in tiered volumes divided into grid modules which step down gradually and free large accessible and planted flat roofs. The campus is structured with an orthogonal frame that allows interior flexibility. The school is entered via a large longitudinal forum which passes through the entire building like a large covered internal street. Seminar rooms and laboratories open up towards the central atrium covered with a glass roof. The double skin is made of mobile metal strips, which allows transparency on the vertical circulations.
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.
Bobigny, France 2012
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.
Tallinn, Estonia 2008
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