A Colourful Universe: The Simone Veil Group School Complex
Builder: The city Colombes
Architects: dominique coulon & associés, Straßburg
Location: F–92700 Colombes, 3 rue Marguerite Yourcenar
Crannies, recesses, colours and materials play with the light and the overall appearance of the building. This serves both to hide and pep up the depth of the structure. Patios create a variety of spatial situations, link and change the school, finding different ways to allow natural light inside right down to the lower levels. The transparency of the ground-floor façade lets even more light in, giving a feel of openness all the way to the access zones. While these areas have used natural materials that will be familiar to the older children, the younger pupils will be attracted to the bright shades of red. The concept is quite simple: concrete and wood for the big kids; colour for the little ones.
Rough, untreated and naturally shaped wooden slats bedeck the city-side façade, creating a contrast to the otherwise smooth, colourful walls. This interplay of naturality and vivid colours transforms the space into an unusual, creative place whose elements are attuned to nature. Repetition has been avoided as much as possible, which makes each space one of a kind. At the junctions of the access areas, there are always new places to meet and spend a bit of time. The architects have created a bit of order in the chaos, a playful disorder that nonetheless follows a system.