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Le Raincy - Media library

  • Le Raincy [Seine-Saint-Denis]
  • 2005
Completed
Bibliothèque et jardin

Bibliothèque et jardin

The renovated historic building (Photo Luc Boegly)

The renovated historic building (Photo Luc Boegly)

Le parc

Le parc

The old building and its contemporary extension (Photo Luc Boegly)

The old building and its contemporary extension (Photo Luc Boegly)

Library interior (Photo Luc Boegly)

Library interior (Photo Luc Boegly)

Library interior (Photo Luc Boegly)

Library interior (Photo Luc Boegly)

Reading tables designed bya Ameller and Dubois (Photo Luc Boegly)

Reading tables designed bya Ameller and Dubois (Photo Luc Boegly)

Light well and shelves (Photo Luc Boegly)

Light well and shelves (Photo Luc Boegly)

Information desk (Photo Luc Boegly)

Information desk (Photo Luc Boegly)

Trompe l'Åil autumn leaves decorated glass (Photo Luv Boegly)

Trompe l'œil autumn leaves decorated glass (Photo Luv Boegly)

Grille d'entrée (Photo Luc Boegly)

Grille d'entrée (Photo Luc Boegly)

Contemporary architecture humbly enhancing a classical building

Restructuring of existing property, and an extension including reading, meeting and working rooms and offices.

“The best feature of this modest library not far from Paris is the clear answer the architects brought to the big question concerning the problematic extension of a historical and municipal building in a protected site. From the inside as well as the outside, the media library of Le Raincy gives the public the extra soul which distinguishes what is architecture from what it isn’t.

One who loves – or wants to love- well thought architecture must pay attention to this crystal clear extension. The work is typical of French refinery in its least arrogant state, a fundamentally modern yet fundamentally timeless touch. With its flawless elegance and fluid ingenuity, one might almost forget the skill with which this construction ensures the alliance of contrasting styles.

The intelligence is intelligible and without fuss. Is this not exactly what is required from a library?”

David DeBolt, The Oakland Tribune (USA)

The media library takes root in the ancient house of the local notary. The extension inserts itself delicately in a corner of the garden, and then unfolds like a fan facing the new urban park. Its curved facade, kept to a minimum, offers a symmetrical dialogue between inside and outside, staging books and their readers for the walker outside, and enhancing the high foliage garden for library users and staff at work.


All lighting and furniture, specially designed, are an integral part of the facilities and participate in the overall vision.

LOCATION
Le Raincy [Seine-Saint-Denis]

CLIENT
City of Le Raincy

ARCHITECT
Ameller Dubois

ENGINEERING
Batec Consult

BUILDING COST EXPERT
J.P. Tohier

SURFACE
1,250 m2

COST
2.7 M€ HT

YEAR OF COMPLETION
2005

Contractor
Ville de Le Raincy
Location
Le Raincy [Seine-Saint-Denis]
Dates
2000 - 2005
Surface
1250 m²
Budget
2,7 M€ HT
Architects
Philippe Ameller et Jacques Dubois