The new ‘college du Verney’ in Puidoux (Switzerland) is situated on a site already partially occupied by a school whose capacity had to be increased.
The sound structure of the existing building, its stability, the good condition of the concrete and the quality of the volumes built are the arguments that lead the archtects to consider it as a point of attachment in the development of the project.
lt houses today the new program of the centre of child life, the swimming pool, the library, and two special classes.
The new building consists of a lightweight metal structure on piles to meet the constraints of a swampy terrain. The arrangement of classes, which is based on a system of repeated modules on a regular grid, corresponds to a contemporary construction with a star shaped geometry which provides a maximum of facades. Circulation areas shaped in accelerated perspective reduce the perception of length and ensure the effícient management of student flows.