PAN extends marseille’s school of architecture in southern france
photography © luc boegly
all images courtesy of PAN architecture

 

 

 

after carefully studying the campus’ existing buildings, and the relationship they have with the site, PAN architecture has extended the marseilles architecture school in southern france. known as l’école nationale supérieure d’architecture de marseille (ENSAM), the original university building was built in the 1960s and sits on a north-facing slope overlooking picturesque surroundings.

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the building sits on a north-facing slope overlooking picturesque surroundings

 

 

 

the extension is seen as a continuation of the architectural landscape, uniting three ground level workshops with a simple autonomous building that also reconsiders the campus’ existing circulation routes. stone pathways connect the scheme, meandering between the site’s existing trees and the terrain of natural rocks. the façade facing the primary ENSAM building is clad with vertical metallic strips, while the opposing elevation presents corrugated iron walls.

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the extension is seen as a continuation of the architectural landscape

 

 

 

meanwhile, a new passageway enclosed by strips of timber serves as both a corridor and a communal terrace, providing a place for the exchange of ideas and for presenting work. additionally, the galvanized steel structure is conceived as a free frame for spatial experiments; allowing students to trial partitions, install tarpaulins, or position various hangings.

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a new passageway enclosed by strips of timber serves as both a corridor and a communal terrace

PAN architecture marseille architecture school extension france designboom
the area provides a place for the exchange of ideas and for presenting work

PAN architecture marseille architecture school extension france designboom
the galvanized steel structure is conceived as a frame for spatial experiments

PAN architecture marseille architecture school extension france designboom
corrugated iron walls

PAN architecture marseille architecture school extension france designboom
the scheme unites three ground level workshops

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metallic strips clad the façade oriented towards the primary ENSAM building

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the campus’ surroundings played an important role in determining the nature of the project

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stone pathways meander between the site’s existing trees

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the building softly illuminated at dusk

 

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