Awarded Occitanie sustainable building label, Port Marianne secondary school embodies the challenges of our time. At the heart of a district undergoing an urban reconfiguration, the site has become an exemplary, virtuous and evolving environmental marker, responding to the present and future needs of all users. The modular part of the general teaching building is built on a high base made of low-carbon concrete and is made of wood for the frame and facing, and of biosourced insulation. Douglas fir, a local wood from the Gard region, is used on the majority of the façades, while the timber-framed walls and the staff accommodation, made of modular wood, are made of spruce from the Cévennes. The architectural composition is organised in rigorous and harmonious layers. Large vertical wooden brise-soleils blur the perception and give a homogeneous reading of the whole project. In the classrooms, interconnected with double orientation, natural ventilation is created while natural light circulates everywhere. On the courtyard side, the wooden modules rise up like houses on stilts. The remarkable trees, preserved to favour shade and coolness in summer, as well as the vegetation, contribute to creating a temperate zone. Through the use of sustainable materials and construction systems, Collège Port Marianne has become an exemplary environmental marker for the Department.
Programme : Construction, operation and maintenance of a wooden secondary school for 750 students (extendable up to 900) located in the Port Marianne district, including a medical and social care unit, offices, the learning resource centre, the teaching area, a multi-purpose room, a catering/logistics centre, accommodation on the first floor and a sports complex.