Courthouse Saint-Malo \ LAN Architecture

• June 21, 2012

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Courthouse Saint-Malo, render courtesy LAN Architecture

The major highlight of the Saint-Malo Courthouse project is certainly the opportunity to actively participate to an urban renewal condition in which the downtown is moved from the port to the new pole, following a grid in which Avenue Aristide Briand performs as the main axis.

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Courthouse Saint-Malo, render courtesy LAN Architecture

The organization of the new Courthouse demonstrates an example of a simplified path system for the public and for users, tending towards a clear and display legibility for spaces.

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Courthouse Saint-Malo, render courtesy LAN Architecture

The central volume is conceived negatively, as a spatial void that we enter and that services other spaces by providing benefits in terms of light, comfort, sensation and functionality. The architecture is experienced sequentially, successively, as one travels from exterior spaces to an urban interior, and through spaces that progressively lose contact with the exterior.

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Courthouse Saint-Malo, render courtesy LAN Architecture

The simplicity of the plan is contrasted by a rich and detailed work aimed at the definition of each element, of each façade, of each space. Reaffirming the difference between interiority and exteriority has conducted our search for materiality towards two directions: the definition of the atrium, and that of the exterior façade.

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Courthouse Saint-Malo, render courtesy LAN Architecture

The building’s walls are made of alabaster or onyx marble. Worked in fine layers, alabaster becomes opalescent, allowing sight to penetrate through the stone. While the alabaster protects from direct sunlight during the day, its function is reversed in nocturnal conditions, by letting artificial light seep through. Once inside the interior volume, three materials characterize and define the space: wood, stone and glass.

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Courthouse Saint-Malo, render courtesy LAN Architecture

The choice to produce a compact architecture has led us to the creation of an immaterial object; with that finality we have been able to combine thermal requirements with a strong urban image and parti.

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Courthouse Saint-Malo - Site plan, drawing courtesy LAN Architecture

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Courthouse Saint-Malo - Elevation, drawing courtesy LAN Architecture

+ Project facts

Courthouse
Saint-Malo, France

PROGRAMME : Construction of a courthouse
CLIENT : APIJ
LOCATION: Saint-Malo (35)
COST: €9.1 M HT
NET PLAN AREA: 4 571m²
COMPETITION: 2011

TEAM:

LAN Architecture (lead architect)
Agence Franck Boutté (HEQ consultant)
Batiserf Ingénierie (structure)
Michel Forgue (surveyor)

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Category: Architecture, Civic

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