Monter Blanc

Monterblanc / France / 2014

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Monterblanc, seeing the town anew
Several towns have attempted to enhance their appeal in recent years by removing some buildings to clear their roads. However, this resulted in a loss of visual coherence about which it is now time to reconsider.


This very call to coherence is the role of the Monterblanc library, which stands at the center of the village like a great modern hall. From the outside, it offers the town’s inhabitants a central point of focus and, from the inside, a multitude of novel perspectives.


The theme of the main hall plays out here through a white concrete structure supported by a grid of exposed beams and posts, which allows for a framing of the façade by altering the presentation of wood and glass.


From the outside, the form, made from a stacking of volumes, converges perspectives from all points of view, thus translating and synthesizing the horizon of neighboring buildings. In addition, its mosaic system provides large openings that offer a panorama over the village.


On the inside, the gradual progression of warm zones – activity, noise – toward colder zones determine the arrangement of spaces, including the final stage of mental and physical ambulation: a large window overlooking the church and a major view of the establishment. A quiet and meditative space, the Monterblanc library offers a simple and accessible perspective into the history of its environs.

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Monterblanc, revoir la ville
Depuis quelques années, en élaguant certaines constructions pour éclaircir la voirie, beaucoup de bourgs se sont embellis au détriment d’une cohérence visuelle qu’il est désormais nécessaire de repenser.


C’est le rôle de la médiathèque de Monterblanc qui s’impose au centre du village comme une grande halle moderne, offrant au regard des habitants un point de convergence central depuis l’extérieur ainsi que, depuis l’intérieur, une multitude de points de vue inédits.


Le thème de la halle commerçante est ici mis en scène à partir d’une structure en béton blanc soutenue par quadrillage de poteaux et de poutres apparents permettant de structurer la façade en alternant le remplissage de bois ou de verre.


De l’extérieur, faisant converger les perspectives depuis tous les points de vue, sa forme, née de l’empilement des volumes traduit et synthétise l’horizon des constructions voisines tandis que son système en mosaïque, ménageant de larges percées, offre une vision panoramique sur le village.


A l’intérieur, la progression graduée des zones chaudes – activités, bruit... – vers les zones froides a déterminé l’agencement des espaces, jusqu’à la dernière étape de la déambulation, une large ouverture sur l’église, point de vue majeur de la place. Calme et propice à la méditation, la médiathèque de Monterblanc offre un point de vue simple et accessible sur l’histoire de son environnement.

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    Monterblanc, seeing the town anewSeveral towns have attempted to enhance their appeal in recent years by removing some buildings to clear their roads. However, this resulted in a loss of visual coherence about which it is now time to reconsider. This very call to coherence is the role of the Monterblanc library, which stands at the center of the village like a great modern hall. From the outside, it offers the town’s inhabitants a central point of focus and, from the inside, a multitude...

    Project details
    • Year 2014
    • Work finished in 2014
    • Client Commune de Monterblanc
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Media Libraries
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