dominique coulon applies paint splatters to the conservatoire of music
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strasbourg-based studio dominique coulon & associes has recently inaugurated the opening of the conservatoire of music, dance, and the dramatic arts in belfort, named after the late french composer henri dutilleux. the concrete monolith sits as a solid mass opposite the site of the famed lion statue that represents the city’s resistance to intruders. from the solid mass, voids have been created by cutting openings, pushing and pulling the planes of an established grid to create the various rooms hosting two auditoriums, a theater, a large dance room, a library, classrooms, administrative offices and a variety of studios.
dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
taking second stage to a row of trees at the property line
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the exterior, left as exposed concrete, has been covered in a pollock-esque skin of two-tone blue paint splatters that almost completely change the nature of the concrete facades. fenestration is carefully designed to control light and views to the appropriate spaces. the cantilevered dance studio at the top floor contains the largest window pointed directly at the adjacent monument, accepting plenty of natural light. in the main lobby, the visitor is somewhat removed from the surrounding site as openings are positioned higher up on the walls.
dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

 

 

a light box hangs from the ceiling disseminated a soft glow of daylight throughout the interior, and the library seems to almost hang above this space.  each private studio contains a unique character and quality of light and sound, personally designed to provide the optimum acoustics and light for specific instruments. the volumes that make up the structure respond to one another creating a three dimensional puzzle of space with dynamic relationships. at the center of the rooftop a void creates a courtyard of inverted color schemes that brings light into the central rooms.
dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
sunken windows’ sills angle to catch sunlight
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
street-side facade
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
paint splatters re-define the face of concrete
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
main lobby
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
a large central light box illuminates the concrete interior
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
stairs to the second story
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dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
dance room with large cantilevered windows overlooking the main entrance
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dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
wood louvered auditorium
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dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
practice room
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dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
music library
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dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
second recital hall
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dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
internal courtyard
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
image © eugeni pons

dominique coulon's conservatoire of music in belfort features patterned façades
structure illuminated at night
image © eugeni pons

 

 

 

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