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, franceimage © cecile septetall 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 generosityand will provide a multipurpose room with 220 seats, a dance hall, conference and meeting rooms and an educational childcare area, all of whichaim 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 concreteframe structure is clad in spaced slender wooden slats that add warmth on an otherwise cold hard surface material and create a distinctive languagefor 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 entranceimage © cecile septet



elevationimage © cecile septet



illuminated interior at duskimage © cecile septet



an exterior staircase serves as secondary seatingimage © cecile septet



wood slats create playful shadows on the concrete substructureimage © cecile septet



central courtyardimage © cecile septet



main stairsimage © cecile septet



dance hallimage © cecile septet



auditoriumimage © cecile septet



shelving systemimage © cecile septet



site plan



floor plan / level 0



access diagrams



spatial diagrams



project info:



budget: 2,561,887 EURarea: 1,613 m2project team: vincent baur, guillaume colboc, gael le nouene, aurelie louesdon, kit chungconsultants: 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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