O S architectes: cultural center in nevers, france O S architectes: cultural center in nevers, france
nov 20, 2012

O S architectes: cultural center in nevers, france

‘cultural center in nevers’ by O-S- architectes, nevers, france
image © cecile septet
all images courtesy of O-S architectes



located in the re-developing district of nevers, france, the new ‘cultural center’ sits between areas of new and renovated housing, giving it the
position to define an identity and public space. designed by local firm O-S architectes, the new center is based on the ideas of density and generosity
and will provide a multipurpose room with 220 seats, a dance hall, conference and meeting rooms and an educational childcare area, all of which
aim to serve the community and its organizations. a central courtyard and terrace is open to the public, accessible either from the interior or
from the wide exterior steps at the front of the building that also provide a makeshift outdoor stage in front of an entrance square.  the concrete
frame structure is clad in spaced slender wooden slats that add warmth on an otherwise cold hard surface material and create a distinctive language
for the neighborhood. natural light is able to reach every function in the building, either through the open glass walls of the central open-air patio,
or from the smaller square windows speckled onto the facade.



street-side entrance
image © cecile septet



image © cecile septet



illuminated interior at dusk
image © cecile septet



an exterior staircase serves as secondary seating
image © cecile septet



wood slats create playful shadows on the concrete substructure
image © cecile septet



central courtyard
image © cecile septet



main stairs
image © cecile septet



dance hall
image © cecile septet



image © cecile septet



shelving system
image © cecile septet



site plan



floor plan / level 0



access diagrams



spatial diagrams



project info:



budget: 2,561,887 EUR
area: 1,613 m2
project team: vincent baur, guillaume colboc, gael le nouene, aurelie louesdon, kit chung
consultants: bethac (fluid), mdetc (economy), EVP (structure), ducks sceno (scenography), eckea (acoustics)
sas morini (big work – vrd), smac bourges (waterproofing), voisin charpente (wood siding), sas miroglace (exterior joining),
miroiterie de la loue (metallurgy), geneol (HVAC). bourgeot (electricity), otis (elevator), ntb (plasterboard, ceilings, paint),
sarl denis et fils (menuiseries intérieures), husson international (interior woodwork), artisans plus (floor covering)

  • overall quite interesting, but that smattering of fenstration on the one facade seems very unresolved and clumsy – its doing battle between random and regular, the sort of thing that Aalto/Corb/Breuer all wrestled with and came out on top of – unfortunately here the architect didn’t

    dbkii says:

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