WAN Awards 2015

SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2015

SEARCH   
 
Previous Next
 

Mini M, Toulouse, France

Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
 

Teeny student market opens in Toulouse

 
Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France
Images: Matali Crasset / Praline /Terres Nuages 
 
Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France Mini M by WAN Editorial in Toulouse, France
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
 
Editorial

Distinctive grocery at Toulouse university stands out against stark concrete forms 

The national student services agency in France (CNOUS and CROUS) operates 642 university restaurants and cafeterias and several years ago began planning a major expansion including new eating facilities for students in France.

The main constituents of the plan were: encouraging healthier eating habits; less time waiting for food; more comfortable amenities; and multifunctional venues.

Following a tender, the team Matali Crasset / Praline /Terres Nuages was selected for to design a student grocery project for a school in Toulouse. After continuous exchange of ideas with CNOUS, the vibrantly-coloured Mini M Project was opened in September 2013.

Mini M is a modestly-sized and brightly-hued supermarket on the school campus, offering a range of amenities to students and staff. The outside of the grocery contrasts with the raw concrete architecture of the buildings around it, making it a focal point and drawing students inside.

The small market is toned in bright shades from blue to orange with octagonal windows and shelves, finished in an architectural language that is ‘accessible, jolly and contemporary’.

Well-rounded arches have been incorporated into the design, forming a pergola in chestnut brown. Internally, canary yellow tones and warm wooden crates have been used to create a cheery, welcoming feel. 

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0.35(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
WAN Editorial

More projects by this architect

Park Royal

Nine Elms Bridge

Nine Elms Vauxhall redevelopment

WAN Performing Spaces 2015 Winners

WAN Asia Awards Residential Shortlist Announced

More Projects

 
Vola
ECOWAN
 

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site