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Bruno Gaudin Architectes : Médiathèque Louis Aragon

A media library in an old castle ... Here is a beautiful place given to culture! Delivered this year by the Bruno Gaudin Architects agency, the library Louis Aragon occupies the site of the castel de la Motte, in Stains. A renovation / extension operation conducted to offer bibliophiles, film buffs and other ludophiles a showcase of their favorite works ...

In Stains, in Seine-Saint-Denis, the portal of the old Château de la Motte acts as a time machine; historical vestige, it bears witness to the many constructions and demolitions inflicted on the castel. Although they are still standing despite the turmoil of history - with the Franco-German war of 1870 and its bombardments in mind - the entrance porch and its keystone bearing the effigy of the god Neptune n ' now no longer welcome lords, but lovers of culture. In fact, for the past few months, the site has hosted the Louis Aragon media library and its 50 documents that can be borrowed or consulted on site; rehabilitation carried out over four years by the Bruno Gaudin Architects agency for the Plaine Commune territorial public establishment.

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"The castle is at the origin of the composition, explain the designers. The remains left by History - mainly the porch and the old courtyard - guided the design of the new building. " As a result, the concrete construction demonstrates a willingness to account for the old U-shaped property plan, except that instead of the courtyard there is now a large double-height space. It is there, under a ceiling clad in a laminated wood net that novels, news, and other stories of adventures wait patiently for a reader in search of escape to devour them. In addition, a mezzanine that is accessed by a curved staircase completes the so-called space "Reading". Around this nucleus are the other elements of the program: work rooms, offices, "Pole albums and first readings" and auditorium on the ground floor; «Music and images center» and technical parts upstairs.

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Anxious to propose a happy marriage between the existing and its extension, the team of Bruno Gaudin gives a particular care to the apparent materials: "The textures, although of different colors and tones, make a subtle dialogue between the two entities. As for the new building, we favored stone, wood, glass and aluminum. On the château side, it is the lime rendering, the stone frames, the cornices and the sculptures, all restored, which will restore to the existing its panache of formerly " conclude the architects.

To learn more, visit the site of Bruno Gaudin Architectes 

Photos: Takuji Shimmura

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