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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.

National Commando Training Centre in Collioure, FRANCE by Architecture Patrick Mauger

 
June 3rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architecture Patrick Mauger

The extension to the Miradou fort is an independent structure inserted between the existing fort and the village.  The new building uses the same layout principle as a Vauban fortress.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

  • Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
  • Project: National Commando Training Centre
  • Location: Miradou Fort, 66190 Collioure, FRANCE
  • Photography: Didier Boy de la Tour
  • Collaborators: Setec Bascou, Bouscat & Pestel, Benjean, Lardart, Olier
  • Programme: Café and dining hall, kitchen (490 diners/day) and medical service unit
  • Client: French Ministry of Defense, Montpellier Engineering Administration
  • Site Area: 2 186 m²
  • Environmental aspects: RT 2005
  • Status: Built / Delivered in 2007
  • Budget: 3.1 M€

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

The three storey structure contains dining facilities and a medical unit. The single level upper terrace incorporates a car park, a turning area and a landscaped space. The kitchen and dining areas occupy the intermediate level while the medical unit is located on the lower floor.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

The dry stone facing laid over a concrete wall echoes the fort’s spirit. The interiors are characterised by an architecture using materials such as concrete, metal and glass that reveal the contemporary nature of the structure. The way glass is used differs from one floor to another and provides considerable natural light.

The extension is located within a site that while exceptional due to its quality is also constrained by its topography.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

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