Aimé Césaire media library

Blanzat - France

Date: 2013

Client: Clermont communauté

Net area: 1400 m² SHON

Cost: 2.5 M€ HT

Mission: design, construction supervision

Located in the hilly volcanic Auvergne region of central France, the media library and multifunction hall acts as a cultural anchor for the region’s wide reader and user  base. The building’s hybrid structure of concrete (lower level) and  wood framing (upper level) was the result of seismic factors, and serves to detach the upper level of administrative areas and lofty consultation spaces from the more grounded and smaller-scale public spaces below. Sustainability guidelines were respected, through the use of renewable building materials and underground rainwater retention systems.