The objective of the project is to provide the Town of Brumath with a place for the storage, management and consultation of the municipal and community archives as well as for the conservation of its works of art. Various issues structure the political and architectural approach of this project, notably representing a strong signal at the entrance of Brumath and underlining the commitment of the Town in the enhancement of its past and that of the Community of Communes of the Brumath Region.
The two programmatic entities, which operate independently, are brought together in a sober envelope of concrete. The brise-soleil of the southern facade, composed of vertical panels of bakelized wood whose cut-outs reinterpret the city's logo, animates the simple volumetry of the building.
The complex was designed with the long-term aim of extending the storage of the archives. The service courtyard at the rear of the plot thus represents a spatial reserve that can accommodate, if necessary, this future extension.
Inside, a generous hall in which the shadows of the sun breeze are projected, guides the visitor to the reading room. The latter is oriented towards the central patio, which allows both filtered light and visual fluidity with the spaces reserved for staff. These include two stores dedicated to pre-archiving and historical archives.
For technical reasons relating to the handling of archives and works of art, some spaces can be partitioned while maintaining the functionality of the project.