Building Of The Day: A Green Thumb For An Historic French Structure
October 25, 2012
Architect: Chartier – Corbasson
Location: Amiens, France
Why We Liked This:
The challenge behind this project, an extension to an Art Nouveau town hall in Amiens, was to create a suitable addendum to an historic structure. The new wing is shrouded in a carpet of greenery that softens the brick and mortar of the older building, forming a kind of artificial mound or green “plinth”. Boxy volumes peer from out this “garden facade” while on the opposite side of the addition–the side facing away from the town hall–takes a turn. Here, a giant, screen-printed facade rises gently among a row of town houses. The structure’s duality is tempered by an abstract white-and-black interior, with angular balustrades and ceiling panels that add to the design’s eclecticism. See more of this project in the Architizer database here.
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