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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.

The Roc in Tourcoing, France by D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

The « Roc »

“The grotto formed a huge hall. Over its granite floor gently flowed the faithful stream. At such a distance from its source, its water was only the same temperature as the air, and we could drink it without difficulty.

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

  • Architects: D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés
  • Project: The Roc
  • Location: Tourcoing, France
  • CLIENT: City of Tourcoing
  • LUMBER CONTROL : On HOUNDT + Bajart & associés architects, architect – KHEOPS engineering , fluid power and BET – Beha Legrand, BET collective kitchens and hygiene
  • AREA: 939m2
  • TIMETABLE : 2013-2015
  • COST OF WORK: 2.6M € HT

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

After breakfast, the professor wanted to spend a few hours putting his daily notes into order”. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Vernes

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Rock This Place !

Achieved as part of the restructuring of an existing school complex consisting of two separate schools, the school restaurant “Roc” creates an architectural event in the heart of a city block. The building built on two levels is the meeting point between the two schools, and it gives the school complex the identity and the consistency that were lacking.

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Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

The main volume’s effect of the building is spectacular: a rock suspended over the void, both solid and aerial. The rocky aspect contrasts with the whiteness of the ground floor walls, the jambs of the woodwork and the ground, reinforcing the floating impression of the rock. A special care has been reserved to the graphic of the signage and the grids of the whole school complex that allow the new construction to exist in harmony with the original buildings.

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Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

In this very mineral set, the random alignment and the inflections of the courtyard’s supporting posts suggest a raid of the plant. This is the edge of a forest where parents can shelter waiting for their children to go out of school.

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Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Thanks to the separation, the reduction of the ground surface area frees the rear surfaces of the land for a garden and an educational plot. The access to the teachers parking is through a hall under the connection between the kindergarten and the restaurant, in order to avoid children from crossing cars.

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Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Perched symbolically a bit higher than the surrounding wall of the schools aisle, open to the sky, the school restaurant is a hybrid between the cave and the tree house. It’s the starting point of great stories.

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

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Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

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