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Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte : Médiathèque

Wake up the architectural heritage of a city, just that! This was the objective set by the Municipality of Vitrolles and the architect Jean-Pierre Lott with the design of this media library delivered in 2016. Bet held, thanks to a concrete vessel curvaceous.

It is a very different equipment vernacular constructions which now benefit the inhabitants of Vitrolles, in the Bouches-du-Rhone. In reality, designers are reinterpreting a material that is ubiquitous in the surrounding area: concrete. And if this media library designed by the agency Jean-Pierre Lott Architect slice as much in the landscape, it is because it was born from the desire to revitalize the southern periphery of the town; give him a boost.

The designers proposed a strongly claimed project: "It's the signal, the event the city was waiting for"they explain. Thus, the building is composed of a ground floor entirely glazed - a privileged transparency to allow passers-by to clearly identify the function of the places -, topped with a large mineral volume of two levels. The latter, cantilevered, sports a thousand-and-one curves. An obvious signage choice, but also functional since it allows to protect the consultation spaces of the ground floor of the sun. Because if the program is complete - the building hosts a large hall, an auditorium, a bar, reading and reading rooms, offices and archives - everything here is designed to provide maximum comfort to users. For example, the traffic areas, "Organized like a course, a walk", or the story time room: a sort of levitating capsule where the little ones are invited to come and listen to stories. "This central point gravitates above the hall and its shape evokes a star, a place of dreams and stories"testify the designers, who do not deny their magician's cap. And that's all to their credit ...

Project title : Mediatheque
City, Country: Vitrolles (13)
Owner: City of Vitrolles
Mastery of work : Jean-Pierre Lott Architect
Area : 3 990 m2
Cost of works: 10 000 000 € HT
Calendar : 2016 delivery

Photographs: Aldo Moretti

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 by Jean-Pierre Lott Architect

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