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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.

André Malraux’s group of schools in Montpellier, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

 
May 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

The school unit is part of Montpellier’s dynamic for development, the aim being to connect the city with the sea. The school is set on a small triangular plot of land, in keeping with the urban policy for densifying a new residential area.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés (Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos)
  • Project: André Malraux’s group of schools
  • Location: 89 Avenue Joan Miro 34 000 Montpellier, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons
  • Client: City of Montpellier
  • Architects assistants: Fanny Liénart, Olivier Poulat
  • Construction site supervision: Steve Letho Duclos, Olivier Poulat
  • Engineers and consultants :
  • Structural Engineer: Engineering Batiserf
  • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer: Solares Bauen
  • Electrical Engineer: BET G.Jost
  • Cost Estimator: E3 economy
  • Acoustics: Euro sound project
  • Landscape: Bruno Kubler
  • Budget: 7 300 000 € H.T
  • Surface: 3444 sqm
  • Plans and technical phases: from march 2012 to march 2014
  • Construction: from march 2014 to september 2015

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

The ground floor is taken up by the nursery school and the centre for before- and after-school activities. The primary school occupies the other two floors, with its playground on top of the nursery school. The volumes are designed as autonomous elements which appear to slide over each other, with their cantilevering providing covering for sections of the playground. Each volume is in a different colour or material. The bays have been designed according to their orientation and the level of light required.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Transit routes receive natural lighting from the patios and tall openings. The first-floor classrooms can be accessed directly from the playground, without having to pass through the rest of the building.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

The classrooms are open at either end, and hence face both north and south. This produces ideal lighting conditions, as well as natural cooling by the passage of air through the classrooms from one end to the other.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

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