The studio “Un petit équipement” (A small public facility), overseen by Janine Galiano, Jérôme Habersetzer and Raphaël Fabbri, invites us to conceive a small public facility involving two programs: a conservatoire and a house of associations.
The plot on which the project is brought to life is located in the city of Pantin, in the immediate vicinity of the Ourq Canal, between “rue de l’ancien canal” and Jean Lolive avenue.
Between a peaceful canal and an animated, car-strewn avenue, this project is placed in an area filled with contrast. It is therefore built around two antithetical intentions: to link and to divide.
The building presents itself as a real meeting place. Both programs, ultimately intertwined, are built using a visual relationship game, which is reinforced by the access path that develops in the atrium. Indeed, two flights of stairs provide an intertwined and similar path, whilst, at the same time, guaranteeing impermeability between the two programs.
Each storey is defined by a particular register.
The ground floor, built in concrete in continuity with the auditorium, creates an opaque underbody, hosting the administration desk and the auditorium. The latter, traversed by a cross-sectional volume lit by a closed light-well patio, creates a passage that connects the axes on both sides of the plot.