The monumentality of silence. Montaigne Multimedia Library by TAUTEM architecture and BMC2 Architectes

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Collaborators
Project management, sustainability.- AUBAINE (Dominique Chevriaux). Structural lead.- Charles Portefaix. HVAC/electrical/cost evaluation/construction management.- INGEFLUX. Acoustics.- AYDA. Graphic design and signage.- Laurence Ravoux. Quality control.- APAVE. Artistic intervention.- 1% Artistique initiative.- Armelle Caron and Marianne Homiridis.
Client
Thau Agglo.
Area
2,241 sqm net area + 650 sqm of underground parking.
Budget
5.3 million €.
Dates
Winning competition entry.- April 2011. Project delivery.- 2015.
Builder
Foundations, groundwork, structural shell, pipework.- ARACADIPLA. Interior fittings (partitions, drop ceilings).- CUARTERO. Exterior carpentry, woodwork.- POUJOL. Interior carpentry, woodwork and outfitting.- PLASTIC BOIS & LMA. Metalwork.- ARCADIPLA. Waterproofing (seals).- SOPREMA. Floor installation.-: SOCAMO. Paintwork.- Ateliers AGATHOIS. Plumbing and air conditioning systems.- ETHERM. Geothermal systems.- ROUSSILLON FORAGE. Electrical work and fire safety systems.- COFELY INEO. Elevator installation.- THYSSENKRUPP. Furniture.- RBC. Shelving and storage.- IDM. Signage and wayfinding.- Fil Rouge.
Manufacturers
Structural system of white-toned self-consolidating concrete panels.- CEMEX. Vegetated terrace with garrigue system.- Sopranature. Irrigation system.- Aquatex. Wood carpentry with integrated glazing (fire-rated).- PROMAT. Mobile partitions.- PARTHOS. Glazed slatted sidings.- COLT. UIN2. Brise-soleil shading system.- DURMI. Railings and handrails in galvanized steel framework and mesh.- JAKOB. Floor textiles.- FLOTEX. Suspended ceiling system.- Focus d’ECOPHON. Other ceilings in Fibrastyrène Clarté.- KNAUF. Lighting system No Fruit.- DARK. Tweak CLD LED system.- REGENT.
Location
Place du Contr’un, Frontignan, France.

Adrian Garcin, Dominique Delord. TAUTEM Architecture

Led by Adrian Garcin and Dominique Delord, TAUTEM Architecture is committed to responding to public and private requests with a close and constant team of partners (engineers, landscapers, etc.). Since its creation in 1989, TAUTEM has not stopped developing projects of a very diverse scale, covering both the built space and the development of outdoor public spaces, within the framework of public order or private construction markets. After a synthetic analysis of the program, the team works inseparably on form and use. Each project is studied as a singular object, both autonomous and contextual.

However, certain principles are constant: adaptation to the place, clarity of figures, simplicity of volumes, constructive rigor, rationality of the plant and routes, quality of materials, attention to interior atmospheres and spatialities, natural light and solar protection. Sensitized from the beginning to environmental issues related to urban space, TAUTEM is committed to the design of sober buildings, limiting energy consumption and using both healthy and sustainable materials.

Arnaud Bical, Laurent Courcier, Yannick Gourvil, Eric Hardy. BMC2 Architectes

BMC2 is an architecture and urban planning studio managed since 2001 by Arnaud Bical and Laurent Courcier. They were joined in 2016 by architects Yannick Gourvil and Eric Hardy. The agency studies and produces equipment, houses and offices (new projects or reforms) according to the urban and landscape context in which they are inserted.

With a compact, consistent, and inventive team of engineers and landscapers, they seek to "answer the question posed." After an analysis of the request and all its material and mental context, the image and the use are worked on in an inseparable way. Each project is specific, both autonomous and contextual. However, recurrences go through them: clarity of figures, simplicity of volumes, constructive rigor, quality of materials, attention to the place, to the interior environments, to the people, to the routes, to the light, technical and maintenance simplicity.

His awards include: Great Silver Medal from the Academy of Architecture - Prix Dejean in 2009, exhibition at the Venice International Architecture Biennale - France Pavilion in 2016 and nomination for the Prix de l'Equerre d'Argent 2016 and Selection for the Mies Van der Rohe award 2017 for the Frontignan media library.

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