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  • Epicuria Architectes
    Épône (78)

    Benjamin Franklin middle school

    A real challenge for the region, this new, ecologically ambitious secondary school offers a frugal building that can evolve over time, with educational value to raise awareness among pupils of the challenges of sustainable development.

    The aim was to construct a building that would meet the development needs of the new Épône-Mézières station hub, part of the Greater Paris area, and be able to accommodate 600 to 900 secondary school students by 2027,
    The new secondary school will blend in with a very green site planted with trees, and will play with the constraints of the terrain, in particular a difference in level of almost 8 metres. It consists of two parallel wings, optimising the height difference in terms of exterior and interior circulation. A large, warm, transparent hall links the two wings and extends over two levels, offering views over the landscape and the school as a whole. The two buildings are designed as timber-framed structures, standing respectively on an earthen concrete base and a dry stone plinth, to blend harmoniously into the site. The façades are clad in natural wood, and all the roofs are planted with vegetation. The premises and classrooms, spread over 3 levels, are also made of wood. The upper floors are bathed in natural light thanks to large windows overlooking nature.
    The school is also organised around a large tree-lined playground with a number of landscaped recreational areas that take advantage of the sloping terrain while preserving the site’s plant heritage. A sports area, an educational garden, a greenhouse and an orchard have been laid out within a profusion of green spaces.
    This is a project that offers a high level of user comfort, with a strong environmental ambition, and a site that is adapted to the expectations and challenges of this fast-developing area.

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    Operation
    2023 – Reconstruction on an occupied site, including a canteen with a kitchen producing 810 meals a day, a sports centre, staff accommodation and a bus station.
    Surface
    NC m2
    Budget
    NC M€HT
    Achievement
    Winner in September 2023 – Under study
    Project management
    Yvelines Departmental Council
    Architect
    Epicuria Architectes
    Consultants
    EDE Ingénierie / Overdrive / Antea / Sigma / BEGC / JNC / Epigram
    Environnemental Profile
    RE 2020, “Bâtiment biosourcé” label, level 3
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