Media library, park and public passage in Pélissanne by Dominique Coulon & associés

Reading space around the plane tree

Project Specs


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▼项目外观,external view of the project

The town of Pélissanne is an ancient fortified city located in the heart of Provence in France. The new media library takes place in the historic Maureau Mansion, built in 1642 and set in the heart of an urban garden. The building is thus part of a rich landscape and heritage context. The project dialogues between two eras and two dimensions: the verticality of the rehabilitated volume of the existing building and the horizontality of the extension. This dialogue is embodied in the contrast between the apparent homogeneity of the facades and the different shades of local materials used, such as ocher and Rognes stone.

▼概念生成,generation diagram


In the existing part, the classic spatial structure of interconnecting rooms is preserved, establishing a simple internal organization of the media library. The extension displays large, flexible consultation spaces on two floors. The ground level opens widely onto the park and allows the reader to immerse themselves in the landscape, while the upper floor offers a whole different atmosphere. It propels the visitor into the crown of the majestic plane tree, which preservation guided the curved shape of the extension.

▼扩建建筑围绕巨大的悬铃树而设,the extension part curved with the majestic plane tree in the site

▼建筑一层面向公园开放,the ground floor opens to the park

▼通透的图书馆,transparent library

▼空间组织简洁,space in simple organization

▼通向二层的楼梯,stairs connecting to the upper floor

▼二层围绕悬铃木的阅览空间,reading space around the plane tree on the upper floor

▼游客可以选择喜欢的位置阅读,visitors can read where they like

▼改造建筑中的阅读空间,保持原本结构,reading space in the renovated building remaining the original structure

▼改造建筑中的新楼梯间,new staircase in the renovated building


An adjacent building connecting the town hall square and the park is also renovated and transformed into a passage that links different poles within a global and open urban system. The passage is materialized here by a totally empty space bathed in natural light. Existing floors, doors and windows are removed. The tiles of the roof are replaced by glass tiles. The park facade is maintained as it is with its semi-circular porte-cochere. On the town hall side, the facade is open over its entire width, framing of the vegetation of the park.

▼通道空间,玻璃瓦替代原本的屋瓦,passage, replacing the original roof tiles with glass tiles

▼从通道看向图书馆,view to the library from the passage

▼总平面图,master plan

▼地面层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼三层平面图,second floor plan




Adress : Rue de la République 13330 Pelissanne
Cost of construction : 3 336 000 € H.T
Area : 982 m2 + 3 450 m2 landscaping
Client :  Commune de Pelissanne
Architect: Dominique Coulon & associés
Structure : Batiserf Ingénierie
Électricity : BET Gilbert
Fluids :  VBET
Économy : E3 économie
Photography : Eugeni Pons

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