AS.Architecture-Studio Superior Art school CLF5

2000 / 2005

School of Fine Arts

Education & Research

500-student capacity school and library, with accomodation for guest-artists.

The facade along the square plays a major part in the perception of art in the city. It is displayed through a theatrical copper skin. The exhibition hall is visible both on ground floor and first floor levels. At the back, the garden that opens onto the town penetrates in the centre of the block and discloses the other side of the picture: the school buzzing with activity. It’s in this friendly and animated space that the workshops connect the project with its urban context. At the heart of the block, a sharp breach reveals the school’s layout, typology and artistic production. One can catch sight of some of the unfinished works through a glass wall. Circulations and exhibition halls can be caught sight of through the Western facade, while the Eastern facade bathes the building in light and shows its intimate character. The use of copper is both an ecologic and artistic. It’s a raw material that needs to alter in order to protect itself against time. It offers the permanent display of a natural “performance” that accompanies the school’s activities.


Contracting authority: City of Clermont-Ferrand
Architect: Architecture-Studio
Co-architects: Bourbonnais-Jacob, Intersite, Atelier réalité
Engineering: ITC, Choulet
Acoustics: AVA
Quantity surveyor: Eco-Cités
BUA: 6,000 sqm
Competition: 2001
Completion: 2005

Clermont-Ferrand, France

School of Fine Arts

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