PIERRES VIVES

Montpellier, France
2002-tbc

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Exterior View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

PROGRAM:
Archives, Library, Office

CLIENT:
Departement de l’Herault
Herault
Amenagement
1000, rue d’Alco
34087 Montpellier Cedex 4
France

SIZE:
Site 35,000 m²
Building 28,500 m²


CONCEPT:
The Pierres Vives building of the department de l’Herault is characterised by the unification of three institutions - the archive, the library and the sports department - within a single envelope. These various parts of this “cite administrative” combine into a strong figure visible far into the landscape. As one moves closer, the division into three parts becomes apparent. The building has been developed on the basis of a rigorous pursuit of functional and economic logic. However, the resultant figure is reminiscent of a large tree-trunk, laid horizontal. The archive is located at the solid base of the trunk, followed by the slightly more porous library with the sports department and its well-lit offices on top where the trunk bifurcates and becomes much lighter. The branches projecting off the main trunk are articulating the points of access and the entrances into the various institutions. On the western side all the public entrances are located, with the main entrance under an enormous cantilevering canopy; while on the eastern side all the service entrances, i.e. staff entrances and loading bays are located.

COMPUTER RENDERS:

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Exterior View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

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Exterior View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

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Exterior View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

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Night View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

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Interior View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

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