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  • Epicuria Architectes
    Nort-sur-Erdre (44)

    Isabelle Autissier middle school

    A project that displays the desire to magnify the landscape and architectural heritage of this exceptional site to offer a natural setting to the students and teams of the middle school.

    Nature is at the heart of our architectural proposal, a source of inspiration, of expanding one’s mind, of well-being. Similar to a major vessel in port, the building is built all in length but bends in its center for more lightness and to go for the best views and light.

    Transparency, brightness, functionality, this is our credo. The composite aluminum facades foster the reflections while dialoguing with the surrounding buildings in zinc-grey colors. On each floor, nature enters the middle school, offering perspectives on the horizon to provide well-being and comfort. Water area and the Erdre river can be seen from the southern-facing rooms. The classrooms and the documentation and information centre are bathed in natural light and overlook the trees and vegetation. The circulations, the corridors or the north facade of the top floor are pierced by large openings overlooking the sky, the view, the landscape. The playground is surrounded by a green theatre with fruit trees and a vegetable garden open to students. The entire building lays on a local stone base.These low walls enter the interior of the middle school. Combined with wood and light, they are sources of harmony, beauty, well-being and reconnect to earth and natural ingredients. They give the building an organic character to inhabit this middle school as a landscape.

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    Operation
    2020 – Re-building of a middle school in work on occupied for 800 students
    Surface
    4 880 m2
    Budget
    12 M€HT
    Achievement
    Delivered in 2020
    Project management
    Loire-Atlantique Departmental board
    Architects
    Epicuria Architectes
    Consultants
    EGIS Bâtiment Centre-Ouest
    Enterprise
    By separate trade
    Environnemental profile
    HQE approach without certification objective
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