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ACAU Architectes : Lycée Corneille

Rehabilitate a building listed in the Inventory of Historic Monuments, without betraying it or be content with simple renovation work: a real challenge! Except, perhaps for the Agency ACAU Architects who signs here a project with marked identity, without affecting the surrounding buildings. Explanations.

Built more than 400 years ago, Corneille High School in Rouen (76) is one of those jewels listed in the Inventory of Historical Monuments still in use, but whose age makes them partially inappropriate for current uses. To compensate for these shortcomings, the Haute-Normandie Region entrusted the rehabilitation to ACAU Architects, in several phases, as evidenced by the delivery of this building, the first step of a wider project, including the restaurant. high school students as well as the infirmary.

Located between the courtyard and the lower courtyard of the establishment, the new volume displays an assumed contemporaneity while fitting perfectly into a context dating from the sixteenth century. The recipe for this paradoxical success? The materials and shapes chosen. Thus, if the use of a brick envelope facilitates the integration of the restaurant in the precincts of the college - the terracotta being ubiquitous in the existing - volume, it contrasts with the mix of classical and Gothic architectures places. The extension is then equipped with a practicable roof terrace, and has a particularly clean and bright interior, thanks to south and west facades generously glazed, protected by a brick envelope, as a breakthrough of a multitude of loopholes to do office sunshade. Confering to the project an air of lantern at night, these openings also add a touch of verticality, echoing existing constructions. A beautiful homage, humble and assured at a time.

Project title : Corneille High School (phase 1: building restoration and infirmary)
City, Country: Rouen (76)
Owner: Haute-Normandie region
Mastery of work : ACAU Architects
Area : 24 000 m2
Cost of works: 34 500 000 € ex. VAT (total cost)
Calendar : 2016 delivery (1 phase)

Photographs: Gregoire Auger

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in Teaching category - Kindergarten, primary and secondary

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et d'ACAU Architectes

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