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.
L’ArtChipel Cultural Center in Meurchin, France by WONK ARCHITECTS
June 8th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: WONK ARCHITECTS
The modernization of services and culture-related equipment for the inhabitants of Meurchin is an important issue for the town. Placing a multidisciplinary space with a cultural and educational role at the center of the town’s life shows the determination of the municipality to invest into the future.
The new multicultural center takes place on an extremely narrow plot of the city central square, where the town hall, the schools, the village hall, posts office and, in the background, St. Peter’s Church are grouped. The project seeks to fit on a site that wasn’t – the building occupies the place of a vegetated embankment along a cemetery wall – in a context of both a traditional square in the city center, but also unusual, with the terrain’s dimensions and its special relationship with the church and the cemetery.
The project consists of three simple and sober volumes that interact with the surrounding buildings. The glazed volume hosts the Media: it is the showcase of this new equipment. This transparent volume reveals in the background a garden from which emerges the St. Peter’s Church.
A second volume, opaque, is off-center from the first to mark the entrance to the facility and open a perspective, a view of the countryside in the background. It receives the multi-functional room at the southern end of the building.
A third volume is higher; it plays with the transept of the church and drives the rear garden. It hosts upstairs functions related to the music school.
The management strategy allows the three entities (library, dance school, music school) to be clearly identified in one building while enjoying clean, separate, optimized and mutualized access, operations, organizations and managements.
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