socially responsive pavilion and public square by comac
socially responsive pavilion and public square by comac socially responsive pavilion and public square by comac
sep 16, 2013

socially responsive pavilion and public square by comac

socially responsive pavilion and public square by comac
all images courtesy of comac




unifying three deserted plots into a central public square and pavilion, french company comac has revitalized the town center with this new social development. the main goal for the new proposal was to connect the public square with the center, which required demolishing surrounding houses to allow for a direct route through the site. the neighboring old barn was also renovated to leave a historical trace. by extending the axis of the multipurpose pavilion, the area is structured around its functions. this continuation of the actual town hall’s square is defined by the entrance of the new pavilion located next to the historic barn.


view showing the entrance to the square and pavilion



located only twenty km from marseille in gignac la nerthe, an old roman city from the first century, the city was heavily urbanized in the late 1960’s alongside the first wave of north african immigration. today, it has been populated by low cost social housing without any consideration for public spaces.


the old barn was renovated to leave a historical trace in the middle of the city




hosting a variety of activities the 70m long building features a children’s area, a small theater, a playground, a fountain, toilets, a covered space for parties, open air lunches, and at the very end a projection screen for screening open air movies. as a testimony to the region’s heritage, the colored, ceramic pattern comes from pieces found on the site. the generation of several intimate spaces to help foster social gatherings and activities is at the basis of this project, lifting the social policy goals for the citizens of gignac la nerthe.


main square and botanic garden



open air theater



the colored, ceramic pattern comes from pieces found on the site



symbolic water fountain



playground and pavilion



ground floor plan



model 1:500



model 1:100



model 1:100



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  • j’adore ce projet !

    Andrée Pierre Gignac says:
  • It is so refreshing to see a project that its only goal is to solve normal issues such us public space organization. Interesting use of colour.Beautiful models as well. Congratulations.

    Fernando says:
  • Photographer : © Philippe Ruault

    Comac says:
  • Super…! refreshing..!

    Double D says:

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