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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.

Guyane Memory Center in Cayenne, French Guiana by D3 Architectes

November 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: D3 Architectes

Guyane’s memory center
is a project who holds a deep and resonant identity. It’s a lively medium who gather and give strength to local history. The construction helps two significant aspects: physical and symbolic:

–  Protect valuable and precious documents who makes the Guyane’s cultural and historic heritage, inside a technical shelter within cooling triple skin.
– Give a genuine symbol to this heritage belonging to the Guyane’s spirit, through an interpretation of a “pictural” local and popular architecture “le Carbet” kind of roofing sunshade providing rest, shadow and fresh air.

Guyane's memory center

  • Architects: D3 Architectes (CHARLES, GELEZ, NEOUZE)
  • Project: Guyane Memory Center
  • Location: Cayenne, French Guiana
  • Project area: 8 500 m²
  • Cost: 16 000 000 €

Guyane's memory center

Project is made by three fondamental componants:

-1 In the very center a huge and compact Silo (17x23x49 meters), where archives are stored, takes the main place; protected from temperature and humidity by a double concrete skin It’s also protected from the sun by a wood skin giving its identity to the building.

This safebox, extract from the soil takes height to be seen. It’s supported by massif pillars who’s embody archives masses.

-2. Activities like offices, workshops, reception,  reading and educational rooms, take places as a huge Ring spinning around the stores. This helps the building compacity and connexion between services.

This exchange take his meaning through a generous alley lightened by a high funnel formed between wood and concrete skin. Into this funnel at the first floor a small footbridge take the same way as a mezzanine to connect 1st floor rooms. This special space give the store a kind of great scenery, and is also used as a resting or meeting space. It’s synthesize and regulate all movements in an unique main flux.


-3. The whole building is  covered by a protecting Skin. This skin is composed of balata wood slats, placed horizontaly to protect from the noon sun rays. The slats give a slightly move to the building as an articulate shell, to express a temporal energy, relating the lively influence of the data man can find inside. Oppositely to an opinion giving those data an inert and worn mood.


Axonometrie Eclatee

The shape of this wrapping membrane is inspired by “le carbet” finding comparisons into cultural and architectural aspects:

-cooling the space by a huge shadow surface.
-see without been disturb by the sun shine.
-protect from the monsoon rain.
-Organic shape giving echo to his natural environnement.


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