School group ‘René Beauverie’ in Vaulx-en-Velin / Dominique Coulon & associés

In dialogue with the horizon and the blue of the sky

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作为城市更新计划的一部分, Vaulx-en-Velin的市政部门决定将René Beauverie学校与多样的功能空间进行合并以提供更多社区服务,包括托儿所、舞厅、体育馆、小型图书馆和餐厅。

As part of an urban renewal scheme, the town of Vaulx-en-Velin decided to combine with this large school group a number of programmes offering neighbourhood services, including a creche, a dance hall, a sports hall, a small library, and a restaurant.

▼临街立面,street facade ©Eugeni Pons


The building has a very unitary appearance, with the classrooms spread over a length of 40 metres as if on a bridge. It clearly asserts its status as a public facility.

▼庭院视角,view from the courtyard ©Eugeni Pons

▼建筑外观,exterior view ©Eugeni Pons


The various entrances focus on a common forecourt, from which the programmes spread out in a complex yet fluid imbrication.

▼楼梯,stair ©Eugeni Pons


The ground floor is given over to the creche, the sports hall, and the nursery school. To reach the primary school, the pupils must use the large staircase leading to a courtyard area on the upper storey.

▼朝向庭院的幼儿园,creche space facing the courtyard ©Eugeni Pons

▼位于二层的小学,primary school ©Eugeni Pons

▼走廊,corridor ©Eugeni Pons


The building has the appearance of a hollowed-out block. The various courtyards and patios bring natural light into the heart of the building, adding a gentle touch to the interior.

▼庭院,courtyard ©Eugeni Pons

▼体育馆,sports hall ©Eugeni Pons


▼天井,patio ©Eugeni Pons

The presence of different shades of blue provides links that are at times unexpected. The areas of white on modified by the various shades of blue; variations are caused by the light and the changing angle of the sun. The colour modifies the white areas, which eventually appear to take on colour themselves. These variations in colour and light change throughout the day, depending on the changing angle of the sun, and as a result the white areas are never completely white; the multiple reflections give the areas a feeling of architecture in movement.

▼深浅不一的蓝色随光线不断变化,the shades of blue varying with the light and the changing angle of the sun ©Eugeni Pons


The colour is an obvious choice: the building is in dialogue with the horizon and the blue of the sky. The many programmes complement each other harmoniously, fitting together calmly despite their complexity.

▼街道视角,view from the street ©Eugeni Pons

▼场地平面图,site plan

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼三层平面图,second floor plan



School group René Beauverie in Vaulx-en-Velin
Contracting authority : City of Vaulx-en-Velin
Project management : Dominique Coulon & associés
Architects : Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos, Jean Scherer,
Assistant architects : Sarah Brebbia, Javier Gigosos, Lukas Unbekandt, Yannick Signani, Ali Ozku, Benjamin Rocchi, Margot Machin, Diego Bastos-Romero
Intern architect : Santiago Cañete
Structural engineering : Batiserf Ingénierie
Mechanical engineering : Solares Bauen
Electrical engineering : BET G.JOST
Cost control and monitoring : E3 économie
Landscape : Bruno Kubler
Acoustician : Euro Sound Project
Kitchen specialist : ÉS Services
Ergonomist : Defacto
Program : nursery, infant school & elementary school, sport complex, library & canteen, multipurpose room, janitor’s housing
Address : Chemin Gaston Bachelard, 69120 Vaulx-en-Velin, France
GPS coordinates : 45.777008, 4.915239
Surface : 6 168 sqm
Budget : 12 511 000 €
Competition : april 2015
Studies : July 2015 to November 2016
Partial delivery : September 2019
Construction companies : Earthwork, road works (STAL TP), landscape (MANIEBAT SAS), water and misc. networks (STAL TP), structural works, metal frame (EIFFAGE GS – LYON GÉNIE CIVIL, ERTCM), water proofing (APC ÉTANCH’ GRAND LYON), exterior aluminium joinery, solar shading (BLANCHET) external thermic insulation, scaffolding (MONTÉLIMAR FAÇADES, JPE ECHAFAUDAGE, metal works, fencing (BLANCHET), Wood joinery, Furniture (GUILLON), plastering insulation, drop ceiling (SAS NEBIHU), glued floors, sport floor (COURBIERE & FILS), floor and wall tiles (CMM), painting, cleaning (RAVALTEX), elevator (COPAS), electrical high and low voltage (SNEF), plumbing, heating, ventilation (HERVÉ THERMIQUE), kitchen appliances (CUNY PROFESSUINNEL), photovoltaic panels (SOLSTYCE)
Photographs : Eugeni Pons, David Romero-Uzeda

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