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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.

COLLÈGE LUCIE AUBRAC in Tourcoing, France by Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

 
February 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Collège Lucie Aubrac is the first secondary school in the region to achieve the BBC label (Low Consumption Building). The project is located in the western part of the city of Tourcoing, in a primarily residential neighborhood along with some educational and social amenities. Due to its remarkable location at the edge of the city, along with its tranquil monumentality, the new school adds a new magnitude to the entry to the city. By opening up to two major axes, Industrial Boulevard and the street Fin de la guerre, the new building draws from the best of the natural conditions of the site.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

  • Architects: Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes
  • Project: COLLÈGE LUCIE AUBRAC
  • Location: Tourcoing, France
  • Photography: Julien Lanoo
  • Client : Conseil Général du Nord
  • Project area: 10,382 sqm
  • Year : 2013
  • Project manager : Laurence Ployaert
  • Structural Engineering : Bérim, Solener (HEQ)
  • Landscape Architect : Pergame
  • Interior designer : Anne-Sophie Motte
  • Economist : NP Ingénierie
  • Acoustician : Daniel Caucheteux
  • Construction company : Ramery

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

The overall organization of the project is fluid and comprehensible, allowing the visitor to orient themselves easily. The four principal poles of the school are defined and organized so that the elements linked to cultural activities are situated along the entry plaza, the teaching spaces form a “U” around a courtyard, the sport facilities are grouped to create a block of interior and exterior sport programs, and finally the cafeteria is organized along a vegetal axis that crosses from the garden of letters to the educational gardens.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

A strong architectural identity is ensured by the use of a simple unifying palette of materials. The brick reflects the local materials but by using a contemporary colour and detailing it rises the building above the surroundings. It forms a ribbon wrapping the entire site which is perforated to give views across the site. The main teaching wing acts as a signal on the main boulevard. Clad in a perforated metal skin with a flash code motif, the building becomes a sign for the urban renewal of the area. Beyond a simple motif the flashcode will allow students and public to connect and interact with the college via the internet.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

Bringing nature into the heart of the college characterizes the teaching ambitions and the desire to create a relaxing environment conducive to learning. The teaching garden and the planted roves bring a touch of landscape which also finds reference in the ecological approach to the building. As the first low energy college in the area, the building seeks with its visual identity and ambitious program to define a higher level of quality for the future of this area.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

The construction of the secondary school Collège Lucie Aubrac in Tourcoing represents the accomplishment of an exemplary operation under the ministerial guidelines titled “the school of the year 2000”. The global composition of the project combines the recommendations of the urban planning guidelines with a desire to define a fluid and readable building in which each activity is clearly identified.

Image Courtesy © Julien Lanoo

A strong architectural identity is ensured by the use of a simple unifying palette of materials. The brick reflects the local materials but by using a contemporary color and detailing it rises the building above the surroundings. It forms a ribbon wrapping the entire site which is perforated to give views across the site. The main teaching wing acts as a signal on the main boulevard. Clad in a perforated metal skin with a flash code motif, the building becomes a sign for the urban renewal of the area. Beyond a simple motif the flash code will allow students and public to connect and interact with the college via the internet.

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Bringing nature into the heart of the college characterizes the teaching ambitions and the desire to create a relaxing environment conducive to learning. The teaching garden and the planted roves bring a touch of landscape which also finds reference in the ecological approach to the building. As the first low energy college in the area, the building seeks with its visual identity and ambitious program to define a higher level of quality for the future of this area.

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Environment

Located in a primarily residential area, the site of the future school is strategically located in favor of the dynamic of urban renewal.  Anchoring the corner of Boulevard Industriel and the street Fin de la Guerre, the new school articulates the renewal of the two streets and signals the entrance to the town with its richness as a public amenity. The design of the new campus takes advantage of the natural conditions of the site in order to maximize its potential.The development of the 16,000 sqm site is planned in consideration of the scale of the site as well as with a careful attention paid to its coherence with the surrounding urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

The conception of the campus aimed to realize its integration with the urban renewal in a harmonious manner. The design of the site plan was formalized with the creation of views from the existing roads towards the interior of the complex, the creation of a transversal visual porosity from the street JB Corot towards the street l’Hippodrome, the preservation of a private internal space for the pupils, and the establishment of its public presence by anchoring the corner of the major intersection.

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

Image Courtesy © Coldefy & Associés Architectes Ubranistes

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