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RAUM : Espace Culturel des Pierres Blanches

At the heart of small towns, the village halls now enjoy real architectural treatments and reflections as practical as they are aesthetic. Proof of this is with the latest creation from the RAUM workshop in Nantes, which designs for the city of Saint-Jean-de-Boisseau (44) a multipurpose room a thousand places from the bland and classic buildings that usually characterize this type of program.

Located in a small town of 6 inhabitants on the outskirts of Nantes, the Espace Culturel des Pierres Blanches first strikes with its exploded volumes and its work with materials. A name which, in addition to evoking the district in which the building fits, also echoes this very particular materiality. Clad in clear bricks, the façades alternate between smooth walls and moucharabiehs, a subtle nod to the dynamic silhouette of the whole. In fact, to meet specifications including a multi-use room and four studios, the architects imagined several different volumes, all combined in the same building with 000 square meters of floor space. A bias which results in games of graphic depth and height.

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These different spaces are organized around a patio offering a panoramic view of the garden as well as perspectives on the studios. But the highlight of the show is undoubtedly the main hall with a stage 120 meters long and retractable bleachers, all installed under a high ceiling 10 meters high.

Farewell to the charming party halls, in Saint-Jean-de-Boisseau, we combine municipal life and architecture with flying colors.

To learn more, visit RAUM website

Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau

Zoe Térouinard

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  • This project is very similar to the brand new Rosa Park school group that I recently photographed at Villeurbanne Gratte-ciel. The facade has a very close rendering, however, it does not seem to be the same architectural firm!

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