Dietrich ǀ Untertrifaller Architectes et Colas Durand Architectes : Collège Simone Veil

This summer, agencies Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architects and Colas Durand Architects delivered in Lamballe in the Côtes-d'Armor a college with a capacity of 820 students. A mixed wood and concrete construction of a certain maturity, offering students the necessary working environment to prepare the patent in the best conditions ...

Monday 3 last September, the students of Lamballe (22) were back in a brand new establishment. Exit college Gustave Téry located downtown, place at college Simone Veil installed meanwhile north of Lamballe, slightly in the periphery. Designed by the agency Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architectes in collaboration with the team of Raphaël Colas and David Durand, the project presents, seen from the sky, a plan in an arc; a privileged design to open the building to the southeast, towards the city and incidentally turn your back on the ring road located upstream.


Structurally, the Simone Veil College consists of two superimposed volumes - one, curved and concrete, the other, paved and in wood. "The choice of a mixed construction was notably determined by the calendar, explain Raphaël Colas and David Durand. We had only 18 months to get the building off the ground, so the wood was ideal for meeting those deadlines. But we do not think that it is perfectly suited to technical rooms and spaces at risk, such as stairwells, which is why we also used concrete. " As a direct result of these technical considerations, the two entities do not occupy the same functions: the first, in concrete hosts on the ground floor administration, school life and common areas such as the room and the restaurant to extend "In the core" on the floors and to house specialized classrooms, technical rooms, stairwells, etc.


The ligneous volume is traversed throughout its length by a central "street" serving all the classrooms. Everywhere, the apparent wood returns its golden reflections thanks to the piercing of a long glass roof extended to the side façades, which facilitates the entry of the zenith light and emphasizes the crossing character of the project. What to review history, geography and French in the best conditions. Students, now, to achieve results at the height of their college ...

To learn more, visit the site of Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architects and Colas Durand Architects 

Photographs: Luc Boegly

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