Administrative complex renovation in Strasbourg

Administrative complex renovation in Strasbourg

Architect
Dominique Coulon & associés
Location
14 Rue du Maréchal Juin, 67000 Strasbourg, France | View Map
Project Year
2007
Category
Offices
Dominique Coulon

Administrative complex in Strasbourg. France

Dominique Coulon & associés as Architects

Strasbourg’s administrative complex is housed in buildings which have had a number of different functions over the years. What began as a military building became a hospital before becoming an administrative centre. The car park which used to occupy the central area has been replaced by a park that prevents the area becoming a hotspot during very hot weather. 

photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers
photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers

With its high ceilings, the building has demonstrated its potential for reversibility. Constructed and transformed at various periods, the building presents a number of structural anomalies. 

photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers
photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers

For this new transformation, we proposed minimal intervention, avoiding any structural alterations; the idea is not to brutalise what is already there, but rather to make use of its qualities and cope with its defects: our work consisted of revealing them.

photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers
photo_credit Dominique Coulon
Dominique Coulon

The brightly-coloured tunnels, for example, were “accidents” caused by the structure. We transformed them into events that mark the traffic routes. 
In this project we did our utmost to reveal the contrasts of materials and colours. Our work on colour enabled us to give each administrative unit a stronger identity.

photo_credit Dominique Coulon
Dominique Coulon
photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers

By reversing the established codes we managed to breach the dull image programmes of this type often have. 

photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers
photo_credit Jean-Marie Monthiers
Jean-Marie Monthiers

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