Anodized Aluminum Triangles Enhance Blob Architecture
Project: the Lycée Georges Frêche. School of Hotel Management
Location: Montepellier, France
Architects: Studio Fuksas
Wrapped in an elaborate arrangement of thousands of anodized aluminum triangles, the Lycée Georges Frêche is the recently completed masterpiece of Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas.
The school for hotel management located in Montepellier, France consists of two buildings connected by multiple suspended bridges. A portion of the façade is tucked within itself to create an arch and exclusive entrance for students and faculty.
The affixed structures resemble blobism, or the movement in which buildings feature rounded edges and an amoeba-like orientation. The aluminum mass is perforated with 5,000 triangular windows that allow natural light to penetrate the building’s interior.
Inside, the structure features diversely colored classrooms to differentiate between the school’s activities. Each of the brightly covered rooms serves as a great contrast to the structure’s industrial aluminum exterior. The curvature of the building was created using a construction technology known as “shotcrete,” in which reinforced concrete is projected onto a surface at a high velocity.
photos © Moreno Maggi + Studio Fuksas via Dezeen
information © Studio Fuksas + American Shotcrete Association
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