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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.

Library in Anzin, France by Dominique Coulon & Associés

 
May 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  Dominique Coulon & Associés

The building reveals its preciousness at first sight.  Its pure, sophisticated geometry situates it as a public building.  The deliberate areas of transparency reveal its content.  The reading rooms present the building to the town in the manner of an invitation.  The multimedia library is covered with large white veils that reflect the light.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & Associés
  • Project: Library in Anzin
  • Location: Anzin, France
  • Photography: Eugeni PONS
  • Type of Project: Library in Anzin
  • Client: City of ANZIN
  • Team: Dominique Coulon et associés, Architectes , Dominique Coulon, architect, Olivier Nicollas, Project Director, Steve Letho Duclos, Sarah Brebbia, Project Architects, Agence Olivier Werner Architecte, (architect on the construction site), Philippe Clément, BATISERF, Structural Engineer, G. Jost, Mechanical Engineer, E3 Economie, Cost calculation, ESP, acoustic
  • Program:Lecture room, auditorium, administration
  • Surface Area:1750 m2 SHON
  • Cost: 3 750 000 euros H.T

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

The building asserts it lightness, like an origami.  The successive folds and flaps repeat this image.  It is white, almost immaterial, like the mere projection of a concept, yet it is brimming with the life that constitutes it beyond its physical limits.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

On the inside, there is abundant, uniform light.  The space is open and fluid, offering optimal flexibility.  The lighting effect produced by the tall gaps that appear to float in space is truly beautiful.  The volumes are independent and geometrically free, giving the whole a wonderfully poetic feel.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

Image Courtesy Dominique Coulon & Associés

Image Courtesy Dominique Coulon & Associés

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