The city council house construction is located in Quimper, in an urban re-newing area called Kermoysan. On north the site faces on to carpark and residential housing from the sixties; on south to the main street and round about. On the western boundary stands a lot of oaks and sweet chestnut trees and a little footpath going toward individual houses. In this particular context, the project proposes a strong identity, re-telling a «story» and re-creating a place. The building is clad in a light wood skin with a geometric pattern, bringing back to an imaginary, and reminding the half-timbered houses from the historical city of Quimper. The existing natural environment combined with the new landscape frontside creates a green setting for the new city council house.
Around the atrium
The city council house of Quimper has a very complex program combining the city council house and public services such as social services or early childhood services. In this way, the project suggests positioning and articulating in a rational way its multiple entities around a central atrium. This one is open on the entrance and main floors, in a logic of fluidity, legibility, and conviviality of spaces. This atrium is the heart of the project. It offers comfortable natural light in the building all year long, and values the vertical circulations (access to the floors) and the horizontal circulations (footbridges and around the atrium)