mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paris
mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paris mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paris
jun 12, 2013

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paris

mikou studio completes high school jean lurcat near paris
all 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.

the school is defined by five trapezoidal volumes each clad in a different colored corrugated stainless steel

impression of how the window shutters open and close

each of the pavilions are connected by a glass buffer zone

a undulating, creased metal roof helps visually connect each building

a suspended staircase in the lobby leads students and faculty up to the library

general view of the fully glazed lobby

the buffer zones are glazed and open up onto planted patios

the interior is composed of simple concrete and timber elements

a bright orange artwork by felice varini adorns the second floor hallway



exterior view

view by night




project info:


name: jean lurçat high school and gymnasium, saint-denis, france
program: scientific and technical college, catering, boarding school, gymnasium, staff accommodation
client: conseil général du 93
surface: 12 000m2 foor area
budget: 20M euro excluding VAT
status: competition 2009, completed in 2013

structure: batiserf
mechanics: cet ingénierie
economy: michel forge
HQE: franck boutté
aritst: felice verini


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