Architects: Marc Mimram
Location: 4 Boulevard du Président Wilson, Strasbourg, France
Area: 4,500 sqm
Photographs: Julien Lanoo
Structural Engineer: Marc Mimram
Acoustic Engineer: PEUTZ & Associés
Contractor: Leon Grosse
From the architect. The teaching spaces of La Fabrique are projected into the streetscape, encouraging students to engage with the building’s context and allowing the city to permeate the ribbed veil of the façade. The transparent plinth gives the feeling that a gravitational force has pulled the building upwards leaving it to rest on stiletto heels, allowing the city in underneath.
The building’s massing consists of two-storey blocks stacked on top of each other. The lower block cantilevers over the transparent, ground floor plinth, while the uppermost block steps back, providing the maximum volume within the constraints set by the planning regulations. The blocks are unified by the common envelope, a semi-transparent aluminium skin that cloaks the glazed “boxes.”
A metal curtain glides between large bay
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