Ensemble Pastoral Catholique / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

06 May of 2015 by

Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez
Location: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Area: 1157.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

From the architect. Although all the buildings of the B4 macro-plot are designed «like rocks in a Zen garden», through its symbolism, its scale and position, the pastoral element is in keeping with the open interiority of the central courtyard and public areas.

To strengthen its strategic role, it was necessary to hit upon a memorable sculptural form so as to assert its singularity and architecturally break from other briefs.

The building is like a unitary zinc envelope and folded volumes that are rolled around a central patio, a matrix void that draws in light to the heart of the holy space. Under its metal envelope, this continuous, origami-like system covers the whole building like a shelter, i.e. the chapel, the oratory, meeting rooms and the family reception room. The volume rises vertically in



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