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Town Hall, Dompierre sur Mer, France

Sophie Blanchet

This elegant conversion of a former presbytery into a town hall led to the rehabilitation and extension of an ancient building set in the very heart of Dompierre sur Mer, a small town located near La Rochelle in the Charente Maritime region.

A resolutely contemporary architectural vocabulary was chosen for the extension of the ancient building, creating a play of contrasts with the existing surrounding architectural heritage.

In the recently built extension, copper is wrapped around a timber-frame contemporary volume set on a local stone base, and is married with patches of wood panels.

Several variations of oxidised copper have been used:

-         standing seam cladding on the outer walls

-         perforated copper sun breakers

-         rainwater downpipes

 

The building was developed with a sustainable development approach:

-         timber-frame construction

-         use of durable and noble materials on the facades, such as copper, wood, and glass

-         vegetal roof

-         sun breaking solar panels renewable electricity generation

-         movable shading panels on the south facing main facade

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Building

Owner: 
Town of Dompierre sur Mer
Completion date: 
2012
Country: 
France
City: 
Dompierre sur Mer

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Type of building: 
Office buildings
Copper used: 
Classic
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Agence d' Architecture et Urbanisme Sophie Blanchet
Address & description: 
41 Avenue Michel CrepeauLa Rochelle 17000France

Copper contractors

Title: 
Ste Muertes

Awards

Season: 
2013

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