situated in the commune of montévrain in france, the louis de vion school complex by vincent parreira atelier architecture (AAVP) is part of an overall initiative to construct an eco-neighborhood using long lasting and soft materials. for several years, the project has been organizing the difficult transition of building on agricultural land without losing itself in an energetic urban sprawl. the will to reduce material consumption led to a clear understanding of uses and functions, ultimately creating soft rhythms and diverse profiles that breathe through the matter; this is all completed by successive paintings that serve to stage the landscape.

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external view of the school complex
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shaped by sets of ties, frames, fillings and voids, AAVP‘s school complex is written with noble materials: a prefabricated concrete base and wood. being part of the montévrain-val d’europe ZAC eco-neighborhood initiative, the project should reflect a balance between contemporaneity and a continuity of equipments found in the city. hence, the prefabricated concrete defines a strong urban component that shapes the stand while the wooden layer is seen as a soft and warm coronation.

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playground / leisure center
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situated in the east-west axis, and almost in the middle of the lot, the restaurant and leisure center close the squares with the pre-school situated in the north on a ground leveled building. the latter is punctuated by light wooden trellises that provide the requested heights of various programs, all the while clearing in the heart of the building patios which are characterized by a fibrous concrete moucharabieh — almost like a hidden garden. 

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building façade
image © luc boegly


courtyard of the school
image © luc boegly

AAVP louis de vion school complex montevrain eco-neighborhood france designboom
prefabricated concrete and wood 
image © luc boegly

AAVP louis de vion school complex montevrain eco-neighborhood france designboom
view from the interiors
image © luc boegly

AAVP louis de vion school complex montevrain eco-neighborhood france designboom
façade detail
image © luc boegly 

 

 

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