A new multimedia building which is called the Oloron-Sainte-Marie Multimedia Center is competed designed by the French architectural firm Pascale Guédot. This new building is completed designed in South-western France. Oloron Sainte Marie is a town which is located on the edge of the Pyrenees with a population of around 12,000. This town is offers a magnificent site at the confluence of the Aspe and Ossau torrents for the Piemont Oloronais intercommunal multimedia center. This is the first step in the renewal of an industrial wasteland; it is a part of an ambitious urban regeneration project. The architect has designed a new living space with the fine architectural and the urban qualities with these town center amenities. A wide public portico has been created as a major element in this recapture of the site. It is linked to the opposite banks by two walkways designed by RFR and it is successfully releasing the site from its isolation.
The Confluence site is now a showcase for the recent intercommunal aspiration which is originally a municipal initiative dating from 1990. In the late 19th century, this urban wasteland is housed a high concentration of the textile industries, a child of the deindustrialization which is exploited the hydroelectric power which is produced by the torrents. The industry gradually moved to the outskirts and changed its characters with the development of the road networks and because of the site’s inaccessibility. The Confluence is continued to decline over the 20th century, until the architecture competitions and the subsequent development of the site which is launched respectively in 2005 and 2009 and it is won by Pascale Guedot and Michel Corajoud. This multimedia center is replaced a former beret factory which is abandoned in the 1980s and it was erected on which building’s original stone foundation.
This multimedia center is situated at the end of the confluence and unlike the beret factory it replaces, it is provides the access to the river banks. This is the balcony overhanging the water which is releases the space for a fine public promenade, right alongside the rivers. This combines with two terraces of the greenery is designed by the Michel Corajoud which is laid out below and on either side of the portico. The shape of the multimedia center building is designed around a set of superimposed volumes is a great simplicity which is modeled by the stone foundation of the former factory. Which is contains the reading rooms and an administration, the main block is over laid with a transparent wooden lattice is conveys a sense of the levitation through the presence of a recessed intermediate level made entirely of a glass and it is containing the children’s space. The spectacular views over the torrents is achieved by the bow of this wooden vessel which is culminates in a wide window. This details is unveils a building which is shaped by and for its environment in energy with a promenade viewing point.
From the moment the visitor enters the building, the spatial layout of the two-storey multimedia center is fully visible. An extension of the portico is the entrance to the main reading room. At the center of the building, an atrium is generates a visual connection between the youth area in the basement and the primary space for the users.
Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Intercommunal multimedia center
44-space car park
Area : Multimedia : 2 700 m² total floor area
Concourse : 1,255 m²
Car Park : 1,110 m²
Multimedia Center : €5,481,482 excl. VAT
Concourse, car park, promenade: €2,096,115 excl. VAT
BERGERET Gaston (all except aerial view)
BALLOÏDE PHOTO.COM (aerial views only)