Montreuil, France based architects archi5 have created a modern library, la Mediatheque Mont de Marsan, for the Marsan urban community in southwestern France. A large square with a transparent facade and a planted roof, the Mediatheque features a unique open patio at its centre, “the volumes of which recall Alvar Aalto’s vases” – the first patio used by a Media Library as an open reading room.
“The Media Library stands in the middle of the Bosquet barracks, and care has been taken to augment the dialogue with the place’s strong architectural whole.” says archi5. “With its clean envelope of pure geometric lines, a 197 ft x 197 ft square, the building complies with the classical layout yet contrasts with its austerity by offsetting the system with a corner opening onto the city. Its façades reflect the surrounding barracks like a respectful, deferential mirror.”
“The various functions are organised naturally on the open floor space, which maintains visual continuity and diffuses daylight evenly. It is a place that provides a relaxed, contemplative atmosphere for its users. User intimacy is created by the strong architectural elements that inspire visual interplay. It may well be this ‘surprise’, almost hidden, patio that makes the building so popular with the public.”
Client : Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan
Architects : archi5 assocated with Borja Huidobro
Program : Construction of a Mediatheque, conference hall. Conception of the furnitures and the signage.
Underground car park.
Adress : Caserne Bosquet, Mont de Marsan, France
Surface : 4 750 m ²
Cost : 12 309 000 € Excl. Tax.
Timetable : Competition prize winner June 2007 – Opening Nov. 2012
Photos : Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan, Gaston F. Bergeret, Didier Boy de la Tour.
Engineer, economist : Mizrahi
Acoustic designer : Tisseyre & Associés