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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.

Reconstruction of departmental archives in Reims, France by Hamonic + Masson & Associés

 
November 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hamonic + Masson & Associés

The programme of this competition, won in 2008 by Hamonic + Masson & Associés architects, was to reconstruct the Marne departmental archives annexe, situated in the French city of Reims. The new construction is located opposite the old building, and the project was completed and delivered by Hamonic + Masson & Associés in 2014. The aim was to turn the building in to a modern history research hub and a regional information centre, whilst expanding the linear archival storage space from 7km to 18km.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Hamonic + Masson & Associés
  • Project: Reconstruction of departmental archives
  • Location: 129, avenue de l’Yser, Reims, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Software usedVectorworks, Nemetschek 
  • Client: Conseil Général de la Marne.
  • Structural engineer: SIBAT
  • Cost: 6,6 M€ excluding tax.
  • Surface: 5 145 m2

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Considering the size and the impact on the site, we wanted this project for the Reims archives to be read in several ways, to tell different tales depending on distance or nearness to the building, and to allow the discovery of many different elements and feelings as one walks through.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Located on a gentle slope, the building stands in such a way that does not spoil or overload the setting. It’s a line that we see from the background. Visitors take a path that gradually gives way to the access ramp. The reception area is an intermediary space, before opening onto the inner garden. The entrance demonstrates the building’s functional organisation that we see through the transparent patio.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

The effect of time will reveal the charm of the natural, raw materials (glass, metal and golden-brown varnished concrete.) With their richness, textures and vibrations, these industrial materials gain in poetry. It is an aesthetic refinement, which, if applied with care, gives the building consistency and identity.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Image Courtesy © Hamonic + Masson & Associés

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