archi5 & CALMM architecture - Olivier Léonhardt mediatheque - Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, an ambitious milestone in the neighbourhood's renewal
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Olivier Léonhardt mediatheque - Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, an ambitious milestone in the neighbourhood's renewal

archi5 & CALMM architecture

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archi5 & CALMM architecture

At the heart of the major urban renovation project in the Aunettes district, the new media library combines the qualities of a user-friendly, accessible cultural facility with the capacity to have an impact on the scale of the agglomeration. With its dual vocation of local action and ambitious influence, the media library highlights the Aunettes district and its inhabitants. The pure geometry of the building, on a rectangular base, respects the overall structure of a strongly structured urban context. In contrast, two vertical flights express a dynamic diagonal that traces the two summits.

The landscape and buildings of the Aunettes district of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois give the site a very strong image. The project aims to reformulate the urban landscape of the district and become an identifiable place of cultural production that acts as an urban catalyst.
In order to remain integrated into its environment, the new media library is built on the work of the urban space and becomes the interface between architecture and landscape.
With the aim of giving it an urban character and a common identity with its surroundings, the building is taking shape on the basis of a double-oriented mesh designed in coherence with the existing urban grid. An orthogonal grid provides modularity and resilience to the media library's spaces.

The diagonal metal framework breaks with the axial rigidity of the existing structure, creating two vertical flights and positioning it in continuity with pedestrian flows from the station and schools. The plasticity of the metal structure ensures the smoothness of the acroterion profile.
The building is set among the trees, inviting visitors to contemplate the plant heritage. The envelope acts like a filter, blurring the boundaries and capturing the outside atmosphere while protecting the ambience of the interior spaces. The copper tint of the entire envelope reinforces the link with nature, while at the same time highlighting the building's constructive identity.

The project was an ambitious milestone in the neighbourhood's renewal, and is now a great success with local residents, who flock to the centre every day it is open.

Credits

 Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
 Francia
 Coeur d'Essonne agglomération and SORGEM
 Mediatheque
 10/2022
 3174 mq
  8,080,281.00 €
 archi5 and CALMM architecture
 archi5 / CALMM architecture / Mizrahi / Oasiis / Cap Horn solutions / Acte 2 paysage / CL Infra
 Sergio Grazia

Curriculum

At the heart of the major urban renovation project in the Aunettes district, the new media library combines the qualities of a user-friendly, accessible cultural facility with the capacity to have an impact on the scale of the agglomeration. With its dual vocation of local action and ambitious influence, the media library highlights the district and its inhabitants. The pure geometry of the building, on a rectangular base, respects the overall structure of a strongly structured urban context. In contrast, two vertical flights express a dynamic diagonal that traces the two summits. This diagonal draws attention from the access angle to the site towards the heart of the district in a new urban link, extended into the public space created. This new media library reformulates the urban landscape of the district by strengthening the links with nature. By relying on the plant heritage of the public spaces, it is inserted between the trees and invites the contemplation of nature.

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