mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisall image courtesy of mikou studio

 

 

 

the ‘jean lurçat high school and gymnasium’ is positioned  just outside of paris in saint-denis, france. designed by mikou studio, the learning institution is composed of five trapezoidal volumes which are connected by buffer areas (glass clad walkways) which open onto planted patios that allow views towards the neighbouring park. an undulating pleated roof of glass surfaces and metal panels visually connects the individual buildings which are each clad in a different colored corrugated stainless steel–polished and perforated to varying degrees– adding dimension to the architectural geometries expressed. in the summer, this overhead structure protects the patios from overheating, creating microclimates within the terraced green areas. the lobby is entirely glazed and opens onto the playground and forecourt with an 8.5 metre cantilever, with a suspended staircase leading one up to access the library on the upper floor. the interior is a construction of simple concrete and timber acting as a backdrop to the artwork by felice varini which adorns the main stairwell of the school. standing independently from the education blocks is a gymnasium, keeping studies and leisure separated. the complex offers a dynamic burst of color to the quiet landscape of its location.

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paristhe school is defined by five trapezoidal volumes each clad in a different colored corrugated stainless steel

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisimpression of how the window shutters open and close

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near pariseach of the pavilions are connected by a glass buffer zone 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paris

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisa undulating, creased metal roof helps visually connect each building 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisa suspended staircase in the lobby leads students and faculty up to the library 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisgeneral view of the fully glazed lobby 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paristhe buffer zones are glazed and open up onto planted patios 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paristhe interior is composed of simple concrete and timber elements

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisa bright orange artwork by felice varini adorns the second floor hallway 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near pariscirculation

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisgymnasium 

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisexterior view

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near parisview by night

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: jean lurçat high school and gymnasium, saint-denis, franceprogram: scientific and technical college, catering, boarding school, gymnasium, staff accommodationclient: conseil général du 93surface: 12 000m2 foor areabudget: 20M euro excluding VATstatus: competition 2009, completed in 2013

structure: batiserfmechanics: cet ingénierieeconomy: michel forgeHQE: franck bouttéaritst: felice verini