Home » References » Cultural and media centre, Gournay en Bray, France
References

Cultural and media centre, Gournay en Bray, France

Chris Hodson

This new cultural and media centre in the rural Normandy town of Gournay en Bray in northern France takes its cue from the forms of local buildings transformed into modern interventions, characterised by slate surfaces and glazing veiled by expanded copper sheet. 

The project comprises of two distinct wings, linked by a central reception area. The 65 m long east wing contains multimedia libraries for adults and children, the west wing is longer at 75 m and houses both a Music School and Dance School. The architects sought a contemporary building in the heart of the plot that redefines the relationship with its natural surroundings (gardens, alleys, stone walls) and the built environment (traditional buildings and shelters). They conceived the plan of the different cultural spaces as growing like a rhizome connected at the reception area. Here, full glazing plunges the visitor into the green setting highlighted by the wild flower meadow between the two wings.

The steep pitched roof profile of the existing buildings is reflected in the new but with a modern continuity of surfaces in purple slate, interrupted by transparent mesh areas of expanded, pre-oxidised copper sheets over large glazed areas. The entrance to the complex from the street is announced by a dematerialised extrusion

of vernacular buildings, also veiled in copper mesh.

Share: 

Building

Owner: 
Ville de Gournay en Bray
Completion date: 
2011
Country: 
France
City: 
Gournay en Bray
Street: 
44 av du Général Leclerc
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Cultural
Educational
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
Upgrade

Architect

Name, office: 
AAVP ARCHITECTURE / Vincent Parreira Architect
Address & description: 
Chef de projet (Project Manager) Marie Brodin Architect

Copper contractors

Address & description: 
Copper Product: TECU® Oxid

Awards

Season: 
2013
Categories: 
Shortlisted

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Find out more by following this link.

Accept