Offices and housing by Dominique Coulon & associés

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Offices and housing in Strasbourg
This small tower has been built in the historic Krutenau district in Strasbourg.
The city has a number of “hollow teeth” – vacant plots that are too small to be of interest to promoters. In exchange for an attractive price, the consultation called for the production of an exemplary building guaranteeing the achievement of high energy performances, the use of bio-sourced materials, and a mixed-purpose project. On a plot measuring just 120 square metres, we proposed a programme of offices and accommodation, with a kitchen garden and an organic swimming pool on the topmost terrace. The skin is in scorched wood (larch), a technique often utilised in Japan that makes the material long-lasting by scorching its outer surface.
The facade masks the interconnection of the programmes. The openings in the walls appear to be random, not corresponding to any functional requirements, and their different sizes Continue reading "Offices and housing by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Offices and housing by Dominique Coulon & associés

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ib/ibpkab78mpsbuq4h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Offices and housing in Strasbourg
This small tower has been built in the historic Krutenau district in Strasbourg.
The city has a number of “hollow teeth” – vacant plots that are too small to be of interest to promoters. In exchange for an attractive price, the consultation called for the production of an exemplary building guaranteeing the achievement of high energy performances, the use of bio-sourced materials, and a mixed-purpose project. On a plot measuring just 120 square metres, we proposed a programme of offices and accommodation, with a kitchen garden and an organic swimming pool on the topmost terrace. The skin is in scorched wood (larch), a technique often utilised in Japan that makes the material long-lasting by scorching its outer surface.
The facade masks the interconnection of the programmes. The openings in the walls appear to be random, not corresponding to any functional requirements, and their different sizes Continue reading "Offices and housing by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Media library [Third-Place] in Thionville by Dominique Coulon & associés

This project has the ambition of becoming a new model for media libraries. The programme calls the functions of a media library into question, lending it the content of a ‘third place’ – a place where members of the public become actors in their own condition, a place for creation as well as reception. In association with the basic programme, the building includes areas for displays, creation, music studios, and a café-restaurant. The various activities in the programme blend into each other, creating a dynamic arrangement. The building comes up close to the crown of plane trees – this is the first thickness to act as a filter from the street, apparently playing with this first colonnade of plant-life.
The facade serves as an unfurling ribbon that serves as a backdrop to the different universes contained in the programme. At its closest to the street, the ribbon dips, the better Continue reading "Media library [Third-Place] in Thionville by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Gymnasium in Clamart by Dominique Coulon & associés

‘Les Closiaux’ gymnasium, pupil information and guidance centre, and staff accommodation in Clamart The building is located in a 1950s residential area in the Paris suburbs. The large sports hall is positioned at the far end of the site, giving the street a degree of amplitude and generating a public space which reinforces the building’s status as a community facility. The volume of the accommodation is in keeping with the houses in the neighbourhood. The fragmentation of the programmes produces a displacement between the two volumes, offering glimpses of the central part of the site and opening up views towards the gardens.
This dispersion of volumes is contradicted by a continuous canopy which breaks up the perspective by obliquely distorting and twisting the vanishing lines. As it unfolds, it creates an invisible balance between the various points of tension the length of the canopy.
The displacement of the volumes expands Continue reading "Gymnasium in Clamart by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home in Orbec by Dominique Coulon & associés

This care and retirement home has been built in the heart of the Normandy bocage near the village of Orbec. The building follows the sloping curve of the hillside, and is visible from the valley. To reduce the visual impact of this imposing building, we felt it preferable to divide it up. We achieved the desired effect by using the colour green, with the result that the building both blends into the larger landscape and reflects the rural nature of the site. The under-faces of the overhangs and the white walls of the base produce a feeling of lightness.
 
Each of the living units fits into one section of the building, and all are connected to a south-facing street, backed by the hill. This arrangement gives views through the building from one side to the other, with light punctuating the traffic routes and achieving maximum variety. The colour red Continue reading "Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home in Orbec by Dominique Coulon & associés"

School in Paris suburbs by Dominique Coulon & associés

The ‘Simone Veil’ group of schools forms a structural element in the urban composition of the new eco-neighbourhood. It is tightly embedded in the dense urban fabric, opposite a park and straddling the maintenance workshops for the new tram line. 
    
The building is on three levels. The plot of land is small, and the roof areas are used to house the elementary school’s classrooms and educational gardens. The group also includes a sports hall, a canteen, a library, and out-of-school childcare facilities. The building is very thick; the hollows scooped out of the facades serve as facets, attracting the light and reflecting it back. Many of the traffic routes are lateralised, making them varied and bright. A number of patios irrigate the heart of the building, bringing natural light into its thickness. Internal transparencies add extra richness to traffic routes.  On the town side, the building Continue reading "School in Paris suburbs by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Group of schools in Reims by Dominique Coulon & associés

Martin Peller group of schools.  This 'L' type building adjoins the street mall and opens itself to the south oriented playground. The school canteen it's found at the junction between the two courses and completes the composition. The main entries to both schools are situated along the pedestrian mall; the site conditions are suitable for interaction and safe pedestrian walking. The project shows his public character thanks to scale relationship with the surroundings. A large diagonal cantilever announces the main entry and produces un spatial call towards the mall. Right there, volumes are in visible contrast, are richer and diverse. Spaces are simple, transparent, open and they allow an immediate ownership. The different natural lighting sources make pleasant and spatially rich places, favorable to awakening and creativity.

High School in Saverne by Dominique Coulon & associés

This new educational complex contains a multi-purpose room, the new medico-social sciences spaces, the student daily activity spaces, school canteen et different class rooms. The extension is located at the property limit, to keep the project footprint in the classified natural and historic site as fluid as possible, while ensuring an strong presence towards the exterior - symbolism of the public service role. A common basement asserts the sat of this complex, a common material - the brick - the continuity in the time. The extension, detached from the villa Rosier Blanc by a glass fault, which unifies the different times while respecting them, has a height of ledge equal to his. On the inside, peace reigns while offering the monumental composition elements, moderated by the soft light that spreads in profusion by the direct or zenithal openings, or by the redans which form so many miniature patios.

Music school in Maizières-les-Metz by Dominique Coulon & associés

MUSIC SCHOOL AND AREAS FOR CULTURE – ARCHITECT’S STATEMENT The music school is a monolithic block 100 metres long and 40 metres wide.  It is sited perpendicular to the main road, projecting into the public area by 16 metres.  The building is set against a forest of giant sequoias, also aligned perpendicular to the main road.  The group forms a doorway marking the entrance to the town. There is a broad forecourt area that disappears underneath the building.  The public uses the monumental staircase leading to the inside courtyard and the main foyer.  This is a wide area, open to the sky, treated with phosphorescent paint.  In the evening it continues to glow with a strange light. The building houses a mixed programme.  It comprises premises for local teenagers, an extra-curricular centre for schoolchildren, a community hall, an auditorium, and a music school. These Continue reading "Music school in Maizières-les-Metz by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Joséphine-Baker group of schools in Courneuve by Dominique Coulon & associés

Restructuring and extension of swimming pool in Bagneux, southern suburbs of Paris (France)   The purpose of our project, in an urban redevelopment area, is to transform the building’s image. The refurbishment and extension form a harmonious mineral body. The extension is in light grey concrete, and the original building, with external insulation, is faced with cement in the same shade. This minerality is continued through to the hall floor, in Lucerne quartzite laid as opus incertum. The scale of the new building, reinforced in this way, displays its strong urban presence. Its large cantilever and forecourt provide a generous amount of public space. A play of light recalls the reflection in the water on the east facade. The exterior signing is on the same scale as the building, and the archway serves as a giant sun-break. The project creates a break in time, with unforgettable ambiances, soft lighting, fluid Continue reading "Joséphine-Baker group of schools in Courneuve by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Library in Anzin by Dominique Coulon & associés

Anzin media library Sited in a dip at a distance from the surrounding town, Anzin’s media library is an architectural object with what appears at first sight to be a relatively simple general shape – a large rectangular volume resting on a base with a smaller footprint.  On approaching the building, however, a geometric complexity that is hard to take in at first sight becomes apparent: the outer shell is made up of folded planes, fine curtains of concrete pinched together slightly out of line. This play of articulation and interlocking creates an almost two-dimensional composition, like an intriguing origami model. Immediately on entering the building, the visitor finds himself directly at the foot of a monumental staircase that occupies almost the entire hall and directs the eye upwards, towards the underneath of the roof, where a set of suspended volumes – enormous “inverted patios” – bring light into Continue reading "Library in Anzin by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Nursing home for heavy disabled persons in Mattaincourt by Dominique Coulon & associés

A building blending into the landscape Located at the approach to the town of Mattaincourt, the new medico-social establishment (“Maison d’Accueil Spécialisé” - MAS) blends into the landscape, merging with the topography of the surrounding area. It preserves the landscape. Its roof, onto which the local meadowland extends, contributes to the building’s integration. From the road, the disposition of the building hints at the hollows of the large inner garden and the collective terrace that opens onto the landscape. The programme for the operation is divided between the two levels. Level with the garden is the administration, staff premises, and public reception areas providing the transition between public and private areas. The forty rooms for residents, common living areas and treatment stations are on the upper floor, looking out over the landscape.
On this upper floor, the traffic areas are generously dimensioned for fluid movement, and all have natural light, Continue reading "Nursing home for heavy disabled persons in Mattaincourt by Dominique Coulon & associés"

School in Montpellier by Dominique Coulon & associés

Group of schools in Montpellier The school unit is part of Montpellier’s dynamic for development, the aim being to connect the city with the sea. The school is set on a small triangular plot of land, in keeping with the urban policy for densifying a new residential area.  The ground floor is taken up by the nursery school and the centre for before- and after-school activities. The primary school occupies the other two floors, with its playground on top of the nursery school. The volumes are designed as autonomous elements which appear to slide over each other, with their cantilevering providing covering for sections of the playground. Each volume is in a different colour or material. The bays have been designed according to their orientation and the level of light required. 
Transit routes receive natural lighting from the patios and tall openings. The first-floor classrooms can be accessed Continue reading "School in Montpellier by Dominique Coulon & associés"

School by Dominique Coulon & associés

Restructuring and safety compliance work at the ‘Saint-Jean’ group of schools in Strasbourg, France The aim of our project is to break with the monotony and repetitiveness that are characteristic of this highly rational 1960s building. Working on the space in this way helps not only to clarify routes but also to work towards achieving energy performance targets. The project requalifies the public forecourt, making it secure and dividing it into a number of sequences by means of a low boundary wall, a single ramp, and two sets of wide steps. This arrangement directs the children towards two separate entrances, one for the nursery school, and one for the elementary school. The ground-floor spaces, including the halls, have been rearranged as fluid, welcoming spaces with rounded, playful, dynamic shapes. The curved shapes contrast with the regularity of the classrooms and lend emphasis to special moments in the days such as Continue reading "School by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Nursery by Dominique Coulon & associés

The building marks the entrance to a small village nestling in a valley in Alsace. A 14th-century castle dominates the site from the nearby hillside. The day nursery echoes the orthonormal geometry of the fortified castle. A perimeter wall with openings like on a castle wall protects the children’s playgrounds. This spatial arrangement offers views of the rounded outlines of the Vosges mountains. The principle of the strictly rectangular plan is an arrangement of successive crowns containing the elements of the project. These layers give depth to the project overall. The heart of the building is formed by a central space which emerges at double the height and plays with natural light like a kaleidoscope. This almost cubic volume condenses a host of faces ranging in colour from pink to red. The matte and shiny colours resonate, shaping the space to make it richer and more subtle. 
The multiple Continue reading "Nursery by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts, Belfort by Dominique Coulon & associés

The building is located in the upper part of the town. It backs onto the woods, forming the final outlying limit of the built-up area. Echoing the open landscape, it faces to Belfort Lion on the hilltop opposite. In this strong context, the building offers its solidity, an almost opaque mass of grey concrete. The surface of the mass has an unusual texture, hinting at plants or the veins in marble. It has been achieved by drip painting in two shades of blue. The drips of paint lend depth and thickness to the skin of the building. The surfaces vibrate in the light, apparently in motion – matter ceases to be static. The concrete monolith exudes an enigmatic presence. Only the volume of the dance room seems to be looking at the Lion, constructed in 1879 as a symbol of resistance to the enemy. The building condenses a programme with Continue reading "Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts, Belfort by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Nursing home by Dominique Coulon & associés

92-bed nursing home in Pont-sur-Yonne, France 
For dependent elderly people The building blends into the sloping landscape of Pont-sur-Yonne. The dark blocks house the 96 rooms; the main entrance is arranged around a courtyard resembling a village square, facing the Yonne valley. 
The dark volumes appear hollowed out, with a tumble of geometric shapes folded into these starkly white hollows. There are views of the scenery on all sides; the terraces look towards the river. 
The common areas of the living spaces are arranged to benefit from the energy of light from the south, with wide openings looking out over the park. Two planted patios provide the building with depth. All traffic routes have natural light, making them ideal for strolling. They widen with changes of direction, accommodating sitting areas in warm shades of pink and red where ergonomically designed banquettes are conducive to group conversations among the Continue reading "Nursing home by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Community center, Venarey-Les Laumes, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

Art and Conference Centre, Inter-Generation Centre, and Tourist Office, 
in Venarey-Les Laumes
The project stretches alongside the railway line in the small village of Venarey-Les Laumes, in Burgundy. The building, designated a centre for rural excellence, contains a number of different initiatives, including a tourist office, a conference and culture hall, a day nursery, and areas for older people. Our task was to bring all these very different initiatives together in a single dynamic unit. The upper volume seems to float above an almost transparent plinth. Cantilevers accentuate the dissociation of the various folds, each fold producing a face which captures the low-angled light produced by the orientation of the building. The lightly perforated opaque skin is divided into a number of triangles – some are matte while others are shiny –, thereby breaking down the structure of the basic volumes. The building often has a different appearance at different Continue reading "Community center, Venarey-Les Laumes, France by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Tribunal, Montmorency by Dominique Coulon & associés

Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal, nothern suburbs of Paris (France) The theme of the project is accessible justice. This is an unostentatious public building within the urban fabric. We opted for modest, elegant exterior architecture, preferring a facing in brick, a timeless material which becomes more attractive with age. This choice also enables the building to blend in with its immediate surroundings. The treatment of the entrance, worked as a lateral hollow on the main façade, constitutes a break with the traditional symmetrical composition of court buildings. From the outside, this entrance – on a single level – is on a modest scale. Once inside the building, however, the public lobby is three storeys high, with a high-placed opening capturing light from the south. There is a feeling of solemnity. A second monumental empty space contains a magnificent garden – an internal lung for the building. Given its scale, this Continue reading "Tribunal, Montmorency by Dominique Coulon & associés"

Library, Isbergues by Dominique Coulon & associés

Multicultural centre in Isbergues, Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (France) The site offers an interface between the town and an inter-municipal park. The project extrapolates this situation in terms of volume, positioning on the plot of land, and internal organisation. The project creates a broad courtyard in front of the park on one side and an alignment with the town on the other. Its volumes slide over each other; they are covered with a locally produced stainless steel skin, in three different finishes – satin, mirror and matte – creating a kinetic effect reflecting the sunlight. This covering allows the building by turns to disappear into the grey of the sky and to reflect light intensely. The eye is drawn by the apparent complexity of the chaos, while broad transparent areas serve as catalysts directing visitors towards the entrances to the building. The internal organisation of the building is clear. One axis between Continue reading "Library, Isbergues by Dominique Coulon & associés"