Monterblanc / Studio 02

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Monterblanc / Studio 02
© Luc Boegly

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Monterblanc / Studio 02
© Luc Boegly

Several towns have attempted to enhance their appeal in recent years by removing some buildings to clear their roads. However, this resulted in a loss of visual coherence about which it is now time to reconsider.

Monterblanc / Studio 02
© Luc Boegly

This very call to coherence is the role of the Monterblanc library, which stands at the center of the village like a great modern hall. From the outside, it offers the town’s inhabitants a central point of focus and, from the inside, a multitude of novel perspectives.

Monterblanc / Studio 02
© Luc Boegly

The theme of the main hall plays out here through a white concrete structure supported by a grid of exposed beams and posts, which allows for a framing of the façade by altering the presentation of wood and glass.

Monterblanc / Studio 02
© Luc Boegly

From the outside, the form, made from a stacking of volumes, converges perspectives from all points of view, thus translating and synthesizing the horizon of neighboring buildings. In addition, its mosaic system provides large openings that offer a panorama over the village.

Monterblanc / Studio 02
© Luc Boegly

On the inside, the gradual progression of warm zones – activity, noise – toward colder zones determine the arrangement of spaces, including the final stage of mental and physical ambulation: a large window overlooking the church and a major view of the establishment. A quiet and meditative space, the Monterblanc library offers a simple and accessible perspective into the history of its environs.

Project Details:
Location: Monterblanc, France
Type: PublicCultural
Architects: Studio 02
Client: City of Monterblanc
Partners: Sio Cdlp Serdb
Photographs: Luc Boegly

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