François Mitterrand media library

Courrières - France

Date: 2005

Client: Ville de Courrières

Net area: 1580 m² SHON

Cost: 2.6 M€ HT

Mission: invited competition entry

Competition entry for the Media Library and Municipal archives located in in the northern French town of Courrieres. Fronting the town’s main circulation axis and deployed around a central planted courtyard beneath an undulating metal roof, the media library adapts its internal and external volumes to the scale of its context, from its lofty consultation spaces to the south to its more intimate reading and meeting areas to the north, to its 120-seat auditorium and municipal archives to the east. Exhibition and multimedia spaces are included. A thick, protective external skin is clad in galvanised steel panels.