Prinvault: J. Moulin school

Replacing a school destroyed in an arson attack in 2009, the new building designed by Prinvault Architectes in Bernay, Normandy, has overcome the traumatic loss with a range of 1,000 colorful cladding strips that match the colors of fire.

 The Jean Moulin elementary school, built in Bernay (Normandy) in 2012 by Prinvault Architectes (Paris) replaces a school destroyed in an arson attack in 2009.
Prinvault: Scuola J. Moulin
Prinvault Architectes, Jean Moulin school, Bernay, 2012. Photo David Cousin-Marsy

The project satisfies three requests of the municipality: to adjust the size of the school to the current local schooling needs, to redefine the nature of the relation to the existing family center and to rejuvenate the area with a contemporary building.

Built on a single level, the building is organized around a central corridor with niches recessed to accommodate benches and create various informal spaces for children.

Prinvault: scuola J. Moulin
Prinvault Architectes, Jean Moulin school, Bernay, 2012. Photo David Cousin-Marsy
Different sized windows frame multiple views of the court, the sky or the treetops. The building skeleton is a timber frame structure, its roof is green and the heating burns wood.
Prinvault: scuola J. Moulin
Prinvault Architectes, Jean Moulin school, Bernay, 2012. Photo David Cousin-Marsy
The new building has hence overcome the traumatic loss with its range of 1,000 colorful cladding strips that match the colors fire: a digitized photo revealed a spectrum of 2.5% black, 2.5% zinc yellow, 2.5% yellow gold, 2.5% red-brown, 25% orange-red, burgundy 25%, and 40% carmine red. A random formula Excel is then used to generate the distribution of the 1,000 strips the facade cladding component.
Prinvault: scuola J. Moulin
Prinvault Architectes, Jean Moulin school, Bernay, 2012. Photo David Cousin-Marsy


Jean Moulin school
Bernay, France
Architects:
 François Prinvault/Prinvault Architectes
Collaborators: Mathieu Honorat, Sophie Abou-Haidar, Camille Marchand, Denis Milhaud, Antoine Marro
Consultants: Echos, Cayla, Alpha Bet
Main Contractors: Poulingue, SMCB
Client: Ville de Bernay
Area: 747 mq
Completion: 2012
Photography: David Cousin-Marsy

 

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