Peripheriques Architectes's striking new cultural centre in French town
Peripheriques Architectes completed a complex cultural centre in the town of Beaumont Hague, in the North-West of France. The building was inspired both by its manifold functions, and the surrounding landscape. The peninsula’s characteristic sunken roads, wooded hedges, and vegetal woods were translated into a three-dimensional facade and an interior arrangement recalling public spaces.
The 2500 sqm building features 2 stories and is divided into two volumes: one block containing a concert a theatre hall, along the necessary dressing rooms and storage area, while the other houses a music school and arts academy. A street-like circulation lobby provides connection between the different functions, working as a public space and ensuring the flow of creative energies between the spaces.
While the interior lays great emphasis on function and sustainability, the exterior is all about establishing a harmonious unity with the surrounding landscape. This is partly achieved by the mirror cladding, reflecting nearby natural phenomena and ever-changing lighting phenomena. The shiny block of the facade is accompanied by a bright red part. Triangular facets of perforated red steel frame the entrance area and add a unique, 3d quality to the whole building. While being visually striking, this mesh cladding is also functional from the audial point of view as well, while also adjusting lighting conditions inside and out.
Photos: Sergia Grazia
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