a simple volume serving as the extension to the town hall in chaillé-sous-les-ormeaux, western france has been completed with an envelope crafted from locally produced bricks. the perforated pattern is created establishes a distinctive but subtle detail which filters sunlight internally during the day and lights up during the evening.

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the project by nantes-based firm titan is defined by a simple composition of volumes while preserving its urban significance. scale, refinement of elements and the relationship to the context were the themes that dictated the final proposal. the extension itself is detached from the communal hall and opens to the west and redefines the public space.


the use of locally produced bricks defines the character of the new addition

 

 

the sand colored envelope establishes itself as the core element of the building, allowing the natural material qualities to give character to the overall appearance. as well as providing passive insulation, the choice in material — concrete wrapped in a perforated brickwork screen — enabled the use of customized manufacturing and implementation.


the variations of color in brick was achieved by different temperature profiles in the firing

 

 

privacy and protection from direct sunlight is implemented through elements of mashrabiya; an effective protection against intense sunlight originating from the middle east. the brick facade transforms into terracotta paving and gently extends towards the ground, creating a harmonious contrast between new, old and a visual connection with the town hall and the municipal school block.


the structure and appearance of building were informed with an awareness and respect for its program and location


the brick façade is punctuated to create an interplay between openness and privacy


the structure is entirely made of concrete and wrapped in a perforated brickwork screen


the design focuses on scale, refinement of elements and the connections to the setting


the extension is located in the town hall in chaillé-sous-les-ormeaux

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