Covered market and exhibition area in Schiltigheim by Dominique Coulon & associés

Returning to a process that has characterised the formation of our built heritage — stratification

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Schiltigheim is the third largest town in the Bas-Rhin département (eastern France) in terms of population, and is the most densely populated town in the Strasbourg metropolis. It developed in the nineteenth century, centred on brewing and related industrial activities. These activities declined in the late twentieth century, leaving much industrial land lying waste.



The rehabilitation of the butchers’ cooperative is part of a process initiated by the municipality with the aim of regenerating the town’s urban fabric. The place was originally a distillery, before becoming a butchers’ cooperative, and had been taken over by the municipal authorities, who had turned it into an exhibition area for young artists and a place for drama performances. When the venue ceased to meet the safety standards in force, it was closed to the public — for a decade.

▼周边建筑环境,architectural surroundings


The substantial rehabilitation project deals with the building in two ways: the emblematic site in the heart of the historic centre of the town has been given a new lease of life, while its heritage and architectural integrity have been preserved. Its mixed programme and the through passage it creates confers on it the status of a public space, accommodating a market, places for shopkeepers, an exhibition area, and a creative workshop.

▼建筑外观,exterior view

▼入口台阶,entrance stair


▼功能空间拆解图,programme axon diagram

This new art centre and covered market is set within an exemplary built context, comprising strips of land and remarkable examples of vernacular architecture. While affirming its contemporary dimension, it highlights the constructional and aesthetic qualities of the existing buildings on the site. In doing so, it. The transparency of the bay windows contrasts with the material opacity of the wood-framed houses. It thrusts itself upwards, providing shelter for the summer bar, which really extends the exhibition area outdoors. This generous arrangement confers institutional status on the cultural centre, which is intended above all to serve as a place where all can gather and talk.

▼向上倾斜的屋顶为夏季酒吧提供了荫蔽,从真正意义上扩展了室外展览空间,the house thrusts itself upwards, providing shelter for the summer bar, which really extends the exhibition area outdoors

▼酒吧和户外用餐区,bar and the outdoor seating area


On the inside, the architecture and the scenography are used to promote spatial polyvalence by proposing efficient internal functioning and modulable light. Here, the exhibition area attains it universal ideal, becoming a single space with multiple uses.

▼走廊贯穿各个功能空间,the through passage serves the whole public space

▼上下层空间关系,the relationship between upper and lower layers

▼通往二层展厅的楼梯,stair leading to the exhibition on the first floor

▼可调节采光的展览区域,exhibition space with modulable light


▼展厅细部,interior detailed view

▼集市空间,market area

▼墙面细部,detailed view

▼从城市街道望向建筑,view from the urban street

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼三层平面图,second floor plan



Covered market and exhibition area in Schiltigheim
Client : Ville de Schiltigheim
Architects : Dominique Coulon & associés
Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos
Architect assistant : Guillaume Wittmann, Mathilde Blum, Diego Bastos-Romero
Construction site supervision : Steve Letho Duclos
Engineers and consultants :
Structural Engineer : Batiserf Ingénierie
Electrical Engineer : BET G.Jost
Mechanical Plumbing Engineer : Solares Bauen
Cost Estimator : E3 économie
Program : Covered market, exhibition area, café, convivial place, ticket office, administrative area
Address : 17 rue principale 67300 Schiltigheim / Google Maps location : 48.60653, 7.75225
Surface : 2100 sqm
Budget : 3 600 000 € H.T
Competition : May 2014
Plans and technical phases : from September 2014 to June 2015
Construction : from December 2015 to Octobrer 2018
Construction companies :
Structure (ALBIZZATI), Charpente (ERTCM), Exterior joinery – Professional stands (HUNSINGER),
Interior joinery (VOLLMER), plastering (GEISTEL), Metal works (HELLUY)
Photography : Eugeni Pons, David Romero-Uzeda

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