Media Library in Bourg-la-Reine / Pascale Guédot Architecte
Textual content description offered by the architects. The township selected a strategic location for the media library : within the metropolis middle, just a few meters away from the city-hall and the church, throughout the road kind the music conservatory constructed within the Nineteen Nineties.
A landmark constructing, the brand new media library is intentionally seen and identifiable, but it blends politely with the prevailing city material.
Respectful of the setbacks, it refrains from overshadowing the neighborhood. Shy of signaling its existence, it requires a discreet discovery as one comes close by. Solely then, is one struck with the drive of the volumes and the architectural identification. This can be a constructing, which isn’t afraid of stating its bulk.
The façade of the media library presents a number of folds, every side responding to a selected context and a specific constraint.
On the Boulevard facet, the constructing opens broadly in the direction of a landscaped mall, its transparence lets anticipate an necessary depth. Because it folds alongside the rue Bouvier, the façade closes itself tightly letting solely two openings create an animation: one on the bottom ground, much like a fracture, invitations the customer inside; the opposite, very massive, on the second ground, suggests the presence of a serious house. On the rear, within the middle of town block, the facade flips round and loops about its anchoring level, a splendid 100 12 months previous walnut tree.
The roof, faceted as effectively, particulars its top following an open variation: on the periphery, it’s locked inconspicuously with the encircling buildings; within the middle, it maximizes the PLU laws to supply the constructing essentially the most quantity it will possibly afford.
The monolithic character of the development is bolstered by way of a grey quartzite stone, equivalent on the partitions and roof.
Behind an obvious simplicity, complicated technical prowess is hidden. All sides has a selected building methodology. For the façade, the stone is ready at a thickness of 80mm with various heights and lengths.
For the principle roof half, the stone getting used is thinner, clipped to a metallic substructure. The slope is steeper on the backyard facet to make room for the branches of the walnut tree. There the roof is clad with stone masonry on metallic brackets, an revolutionary expertise for which an Atex certification needed to be obtained.
As multiuse assembly locations, the brand new media libraries are at all times granted a outstanding social perform. “The Bourg la Reine media library represents a brand new tendency,” Pascale Guédot, its designer, explains. “Between the start of the design section and the beginning of building, the gathering quantity has decreased by 40%. We had been due to this fact in a position to emphasize the usability of the house, enhance the variety of seats.” The test in/try is automated, which permits extra worker time for the general public. Wants and constraints tied to the actions of the media library and to the ever-changing modes of supply have been assessed fastidiously, which result in a transparent and purposeful group of the stock. A sustained dialogue with the constructing commissioners allowed for essentially the most rational spatial format, and for the studying rooms to occupy huge “Open Areas”
As soon as inside, guests uncover a beneficiant quantity opening broadly in the direction of the backyard. Inside and exterior mix, one of many exterior stonewalls continues inside, a stone bench lengthens merely, to wind across the walnut tree trunk, defying all notion of borders. Wooden terraces, readily utilizable, lean to the adjoining celebration wall. In the course of the summer season, within the shade from the walnut tree, the backyard turns into one other studying room.
On the bottom ground, it’s the youngsters’ nook’s wide-open house, which welcomes the readers. No bearing posts, or partitions are available in the way in which of the expanded quantity. It’s throughout the thickness of the outside partitions that small studying rooms are tucked.
A large staircase, open to the environment, sky lit, and clad with the identical stone, which supplies the media library its unity, is inviting you to the second ground.
There, on the prime of the steps, the principle studying room’s house is hanging. The ceiling, with its a number of sides, instantly following the roof’s, reaches 7m at its highest. To the North, the place the constructing widens, the roof rises up, to let in loads of pure gentle.
Initially revealed on July 2, 2015.