Guyard Bregman Architectes Urbanistes : Médiathèque et Centre de la culture montagnarde

In Sallanches (74), the Guyard agency led the construction of a project bringing together a Media Library and a mountain nature center. A realization determined largely by its context, for a very mineral result.

There is something telluric in this building made in 2017 by the agency Guyard Bregman Architects Urbanists. As if the Earth had born her, so to speak. Located on a complex site, "The project inherits the shape of a parcel surrounded by fence walls, porches and retaining walls that persist after the destruction of an old bourgeois residence"explain the designers. As a result, the Médiathèque and Center de la nature montagnarde are grouped in a single mineral monolith, made of concrete and glass, marrying the imperfect and narrow contours of the ground. A result of a millimetric accuracy, which evokes a rocky massif around which would have been built the surrounding buildings, and not the opposite. This impression is reinforced by the volumetry that follows the slope of the parcel - so that the entire construction of two levels semi-buried, seems to be level - and the relatively flat roof, green and pierced with a zenithal glass fault allowing the light to penetrate the heart of the building and in particular its two libraries.

Distributed in the east and west corners, the collections of works occupy most of the surface, while the other two corners house the offices as well as the exhibition space. Finally, to connect the two floors, the architects favored a large wooden staircase, as a nod to the nearby forest. As clean and abrupt as a mountain, this is a project that perfectly illustrates what "respecting its context" means.

Project title : Media Library and Montane Nature Center
City, Country: Sallanches (74)
Owner: Municipality Sallanches
Mastery of work : Guyard Bregman Architects Urbanists
Area : 2 100 m2
Cost of works: 4 200 000 € HT
Calendar : Delivery July 2017

Photographs: Benoît Fougeirol and Guyard Bregman Architects Urbanists

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the category Culture - Space / cultural center

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et of Guyard Bregman Architects Urbanists

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