Simone Veil schools

Designed by Dominique Coulon & associés in Colombes, the Simone Veil group of schools forms a structural element in the urban composition of the new eco-neighbourhood.

Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo Eugeni Pons
The Simone Veil group of schools forms a structural element in the urban composition of the new eco-neighbourhood. It is tightly embedded in the dense urban fabric, opposite a park and straddling the maintenance workshops for the new tram line.
Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo David Romero-Uzeda
Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo David Romero-Uzeda
The building is on three levels. The plot of land is small, and the roof areas are used to house the elementary school’s classrooms and educational gardens. The group also includes a sports hall, a canteen, a library, and out-of-school childcare facilities. The building is very thick; the hollows scooped out of the facades serve as facets, attracting the light and reflecting it back. Many of the traffic routes are lateralised, making them varied and bright. A number of patios irrigate the heart of the building, bringing natural light into its thickness. Internal transparencies add extra richness to traffic routes.
Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo Eugeni Pons
Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo Eugeni Pons
On the town side, the building offers a rustic texture. Strips of untreated wood (with the bark left on) emphasise the corresponding roughness. The ground floor has the advantage of transparency through the covered courtyard, offering a glimpse of the multi-coloured playground, which is intended to be a very autonomous and artificial universe. The bright colours transform the space, expanding it to create a place for educational stimulation.
Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo Eugeni Pons
Dominique Coulon & associés, Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes, 2015. Photo Eugeni Pons
This project avoids all form of repetition. The light, the materials used, and the traffic routes create micro-events. These fragments come together in a joyful chaos.

Simone Veil’s group of schools, Colombes
Program: school
Architect: Dominique Coulon & associés
Design team:  Guillaume Wittmann, Emilie Brichard, Jean Scherer
Structural Engineer: Batiserf Ingénierie
Landscape: Bruno Kubler
Area: 7600 sqm
Completion: 2016

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