21.8.2020

School lunchroom and freetime facility

The property is slightly off of the town centre, next to an outdoor swimming pool and the ‘town hall’, with views of the valley and the Trièves mountain range.

The building houses a school lunchroom and facilities for children’s freetime activities.

The design’s starting point was the simple beauty of a square shape. Construction was kept as low as possible and entirely on the horizontal plane.

Furniture and structures bring a sense of order to the open floor plan where the various spaces are not otherwise closed off from each other. This gives the space flexibility for a variety of different uses and lets visitors admire the beautiful surrounding scenery.

The building has natural ventilation, and natural light flows into all parts of the building through incisions and a skylight.

The foundation is a reinforced concrete slab, but all other structures, the exterior cladding and most of the interior cladding are wood. The structures are local solid wood, and the exterior walls are built from prefabricated elements.

Project in brief

School lunchroom and freetime facility

  • Location | Monestier-de-Clermont, France
  • Purpose | School lunchroom and freetime facility
  • Constructor/Client | Communauté de Communes du Trièves
  • Architectural Design | r2k-architecte
  • Year completed | 2018
  • Costs | 1 220 000€
  • Photographs | Sandrine Rivière
  • Text | Olavi Koponen