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Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction, Montpellier, France

Friday 08 Dec 2017
 

De Vinci school gets a new look

 
Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France
Hellin-Sebbag Architectes Associés 
 
Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France Leonard De Vinci High School reconstruction by HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés in Montpellier, France
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This school in southern France has been given a makeover to create sleek, modern centre of learning 

This autumn the Hellin-Sebbag Architectes Associés office completed the second phase of the reconstruction of Leonard De Vinci High School, a building trades high school in Montpellier, France.

Planning

Complete replanning of the 4-hectare site was carried out, the four new buildings built around a 450m2 square courtyard organise the school grounds as if it were an urban square: student foyer , media centre, student activities, canteen and boarding accommodation.

To avoid the image of "hutches" within the bitumen courtyard, around beautiful existing trees the architects built a Mediterranean garden where pupils can relax freely.

Architecture

The architects paid particular attention to the transition between the inside and outside. Identifiable by its red frame, a ground floor terrace extends the canteen to the south by opening onto the courtyard. Alongside the boarding accommodation, a covered gallery extends into the garden as a large step where it is good to sit.

Connected to both teaching buildings by two footbridges on the first floor, a small white pavilion extended by a vast terrace accommodates the media centre. Protected by a sunshade, the terrace overlooking the garden becomes a central place for exchanges and relaxation.

Below this terrace, the well-shaded courtyard is punctuated by the pupils foyer that nestles into a glass ellipse.

Design

The atmosphere within each space has been designed according to its function with particular care and originality. In the canteen, a sinuous curved partition/counter creates a separation between the self-service and the dining area while small oval-shaped islands define areas of intimacy which are particularly popular with the pupils. Similarly in the media centre, the magazine rack and screen support tables were specially designed by the architects.

Low energy consumption

Thermal comfort is provided by reinforced external insulation, double flow ventilation and external solar protection.

Financed by the Occitanie Region for 29 €m excluding taxes, the two construction phases in occupied premises lasted nearly eight years.

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HELLIN-SEBBAG Architectes associés
www.architectes.org/portfolios/hellin-sebbag/ ?p=accueil

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