Les Grandes Terres reconstruction and extension project brings a sophisticated urbanity to its Paris neighbourhood

Les Grandes Terres reconstruction and extension project brings a sophisticated urbanity to its Paris neighbourhood

4 Aug 2022 News

Adding to the urbanity of a Paris neighbourhood, this project by Hesters-Oyon Architectes involves the reconstruction of a recreation centre and the extension of the existing Grandes Terres primary school.

photo_credit Sergio Grazia
Sergio Grazia

In addition to offering a new façade to the existing school, a new building connects the school to the recreation centre with fully glazed circulation corridors that cross landscaped patios.

photo_credit Sergio Grazia
Sergio Grazia

The new building utilizes wood in all its forms, including a timber roof, wood-framed walls, larch cladding, wooden windows, and interior spruce woodwork. Above the wooden structure, the oblique lines of the zinc-clad roof appear to float. In addition, the building envelope was carefully designed to ensure water tightness and limit energy loss.

photo_credit Sergio Grazia
Sergio Grazia

Interior spaces are bathed in natural light and organized to ensure functional autonomy between components of the primary school as well as a direct connection to exterior spaces. In addition, the spruce-lined interiors further strengthen relationships between interior and exterior and landscape integration.

photo_credit Sergio Grazia
Sergio Grazia
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