The triangle as a figure
The design of the Lycée de Boulogne is linked to the history of the Renault factories, the figure of the Place Jules Guesde, the triangular geometry of the site and our desire to extract ourselves from the functional and technical program to fully integrate the artistic and aesthetic component into the project. Decompose the different functions and establish close relationships with the neighborhood, the streets, the interior courtyard, the square. Think versatility and flexibility to accommodate the shared functions of the ground floor (amphitheater, restaurants, sports halls, students’ home), open the school to the city and welcome other audiences. Transparency, porosity, light. The historic Renault facade, a symbolic vestige, becomes the main entrance to the square, topped by the republican motto of the artist Benoit Van Innis.
The architectural vocabulary allows an abstract reading of the facades, mostly glazed and clad with printed or enamelled glass panels set on a pleated prefabricated concrete base. The interior spaces in grey concrete dialogue with more sensual materials, colored glazed bricks, translucent textile curtains, terrazzo paving, African wood panels and velvet.
Mikou Design Studio Lead Architects
Chevalier Masson (https://www.chevaliermasson.be/)
Benoît Van Innis (https://www.benoit-artist.com/)
Photos Filip Dujardin
The triangle as a figure
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