berranger and vincent’s timber-framed tower offers views across french commune
all images © françois dantart
conceived as an exposed timber structure influenced by observatories and medieval towers, berranger & vincent architectes have designed CIAP- the archaeology center located in rezé, western france. the french commune has a history dating back to the middle ages and the realization of the center has created a new symbol for the city. its traditional yet contemporary form features a light wooded cladding which wraps around a glass volume which hosts a multi-functional space. the timber extends upwards to produce a lookout tower for visitors.
visitors climb the stairs which takes them to the top lookout platform
despite the slight gaps between each timber panel inviting light inside, a series of randomly places rectangular windows interrupt the exterior to provide light and views. based on a large field with a sloping gradient, the building stands out and follows the topography of the site. the CIAP has been designed to invoke an element of curiosity and imagination; drawing visitors to climb up the tower and enjoy the view over the city.
the architecture of the center was influenced by medieval lookout towers and observatories
based on a large field, the center has become a symbol in rezé
the timber façade seemingly floats and protects the glass volume
a sheltered deck looks across the field
visitors are invited to go up the lookout tower
staircase climbs three levels to the top