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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

School Barvaux-Condroz in Belgium by LR Architectes

 
June 1st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LR Architectes

The existing school is located along the main road in the heart of a Belgian village called Barvaux-Condroz, The school is in direct dialogue with the church. It has a widely open view at the back and an open area on the east side of the plot.

The school expansion and renovation project includes the following:
– On the existing building, the south orientation of the rear façade opens on the playground and the landscape, whereas the north façade is relatively closed.
– The position of the entrance to the school is a fundamental question. The present location of the pedestrian crossing and the analysis of safe access to the car park for parents led us to exploit the free zone on the east gable.

Image Courtesy m. van coile

  • Architects: LR Architectes
  • Project: School Barvaux-Condroz
  • Location: Barvaux-Condroz, Belgium
  • Client: Local administration
  • Date: 2008-2011
  • Status: Built
  • Stability: bureau Delvaux
  • Technics: solyremi
  • Surface: 600 m²
  • Photo credit: m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

The internal entrance space is the connection between the classrooms and the refectory.
– The existing areas available today are entirely dedicated to classrooms. Horizontal circulations corridors have therefore been externalized on the south façade thus creating a glass gallery connecting all areas/spaces. This gallery will also have a “double-skin” effect, fundamental in terms of climatic control.

Image Courtesy m. van coile

The chromatic tone of the existing buildings is gray, varying from limestone to slate.
The project is based both on a coherent understanding of existing buildings, and a “low energy” ethic requiring to isolate the existing school from the outside. The slate grey cladding, highlighted with touches of colors on the steel frames, becomes the new insulating and protective “skin” of the school while giving it a new look.

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

Image Courtesy m. van coile

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