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Ecole d'Art et 25 Logements

The new School of Art, located right in the heart of the city, is entirely in keeping with the renewal project initiated by the local council.The boulevard-level façade is a major attraction, while also respecting the balance and urban context that surrounds it.

The woven mesh opens like a curtain onto the town, acting as a filter over the glass façade, revealing the equipment while simultaneously protecting it. The subtle effect of transparency and light reflects the life of the school and contributes to the town’s image.

A school of art opens the possibilities for a reflection on the materials used and how they reflect the various artistic disciplines.

We have chosen to use materials which strongly reflect this diversity: 

A golden copper alloy is used as a covering and façade because of its intrinsic natural material qualities: its glow, luminosity, reflection and patina… but also for its exceptional durability, which has made this material a favourite for covering the most famous public monuments. 

A convergence of sculpture, painting, engraving and architecture, copper is one of the materials that most reflects the artistic ambition of the architectural project. 

Reinforced concrete is used to reinforce the mineral aspect of the project. Its textured, sculptured bas-relief appearance contrasts with the smooth burnished look of the copper and highlights the structural dimension of the architecture. 

Plants in their various forms complete this trilogy of raw materials. A garden of arts, planted patios, roof lawns and a botanical wall make greenery omnipresent and visible to all.

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Building

Owner: 
CAP Calaisis
Completion date: 
2014
Country: 
France
Zip code: 
62100
City: 
Calais

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/panels
On roofs
Panels
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Educational
Copper used: 
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
ARC.AME

Copper contractors

Title: 
Rabot Dutilleul Construction

Awards

Season: 
2015

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