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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.

MEDIA LIBRARY in BRITTANY, FRANCE by OPUS 5 Architectes

 
April 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

01. PONTIVY

01.BIS PONTIVY

The building and its location

The media library is pointing at three directions: East, West and South. These are making up the three images and views of the building.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: OPUS 5 Architectes
  • Project: MEDIA LIBRARY
  • Location: BRITTANY, FRANCE
  • Photography: Luc Boegly and Bruno DECARIS
  • Project owner: Ville de Pontivy
  • Project management: Opus 5 architectes, Structural engineer Batiserf, Fluids engineer Louis Cholet, Acoustic engineer Impedance, Economist Bureau Michel Forgue,
  • Program: construction of a media library and public archives
  • Area: 2 700m²
  • Cost of works: 5.2M€ HT
  • Schedule: Delivery September 2013

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

East, the city; West, the canal: Two opposite points, drawing a bridge from the city to the nature and inviting the visitor to get away from the noise and the movement. The building is offering a peaceful view and a quiet atmosphere to concentrate and read.

South: the outside space stretches the interior volumes.

A screen made out of steel blades creates a partition between the outside and the inside world:  this enables to preserve calm and serenity. It also offers the visitor a feeling of protection and helps to keep concentrated.

Image Courtesy © Bruno DECARIS

Image Courtesy © Bruno DECARIS

02. PONTIVY

Russian doll system

The building is composed of different layers. The first layer, made of thin crossbars, protects from the sun and the outside perturbations. It brings intimacy to the building designed for reading and concentrating.

The second one, a glass box, shelters the public spaces, the lobby and the reading areas.

The third one, opaque, encloses the store rooms, the ‘treasure’ of the building, the technical areas and staff rooms.

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

03. PONTIVY

The building and the light

The light penetrates the building from everywhere.

When it is filtered, it animates the space with playful contrasts between shadow and light.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Compactnessand lightness

The building seems light and ethereal thanks to the fragmentation of the structure.

The structure is made of many small elements creating rhythms, frames, filters and different angles of vision depending on the location of the visitor in the space: this creates a kinetic vision of the construction.

Image Courtesy © Bruno DECARIS

Image Courtesy © Bruno DECARIS

04. PONTIVY

Construction system

A series of sixty-two PRS steel crossbars, covered by thermo lacquered metal sheet with clouded effect, are attached to the “strong box”.

The cross bars are lined up across the outside and inside spaces of the library.

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

A mezzanine, extended over the whole length of the building, is entirely suspended to high beams by a succession of very thin steel bars.

The two “pebbles” lying on the floor, unique enclosed spaces of the building are made of a metal structure covered by a thixotropic concrete shell.

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

05. PONTIVY

The « magic boxes », animation and story-telling 

Unusual and attracting, round and soft like pebbles, they are shelters where the visitor could withdraw, think and use their imagination.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

06. PONTIVY

The strong box- treasury chest

Concrete box protecting the archives from the sunlight, enclosing sanitation and staff rooms.

Along the reading area, a long wall of blinds, made of prefabricated white panels, enables to vary the lighting of the premises.

07. PONTIVY

The reading spaces and lobby

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © Bruno DECARIS

Image Courtesy © Bruno DECARIS

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

Image Courtesy © OPUS 5 Architectes

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