NBJ architects has revitalized GIPES (Institut de Formation des Professionnels de la Santé), a training institute for health professionals in Avignon, France. Previously occupied by the Regional Directorate of France Telecom, the space was reorganized to fit the educational needs of its new users, with limited interventions on the building.
The Building takes place on the site “Agroparc Avignon”, near the University and student services, including the University Restaurant. The exterior of the building has been preserved, only a fire escape is added on the “pinion” fronts to meet safety standards. In addition, the work was to compliance the building both in terms of standards with disabilities (physical, visual, auditory) and technical standards.
To provide a special quality to the central atrium, NBJ incorporated colourful “hanging boxes” along the passageways of the first two levels. These playful spaces offer areas for collaboration between students, teachers, and administration. The staggered views offers a real centrality to what was previously a simple empty. These entities are involved in both the formation of identity and its new usability.
The building was divided into three distinct parts, a linear part Northwest, South-eastern part of curved shape, and a south-western part of triangular shape. It has an area of 6830 m². The main entrance is located on the north-western part. A curtain wall curved back cover acts. The Southeast side welcomes an atrium in the center of the entire height of the building, and is lit by skylights in the roof. These areas feature classrooms. The southwestern part extends mainly ground floor, only certain technical areas are level 1.
Inside the building, there is a hierarchical development allowing the information to be transmitted to users, from home to various premises, services or entities. Each level is indicated by a different color from yellow to purple. A specific typeface is applied to all directions of the building, creating bold statements on each floor.
The existing building has in its composition a strong horizontal and dominant façade which is voiced by headbands windows, horizontal sun and breezes. These horizontal lines are directly integrated in the project through the front design of the fire escape added at the end of the north-western part. It was the only added element and changing facades. Which appeared first as a constraint was a major rewrite of the project asset. This is thanks to a game of transparency, this relatively flat facade was put into perspective by working on the colors of the adjacent rooms. And a set thickness and depth were made to transform the image of the building without changing the existing facades. These entities and specific devices involved in both the formation of identity, but also the usability of the newly found place.
Official name: GIPES – Institut de Formation des Professionnels de la Santé
Location: 740 chemin des Meinajariès – 84907 AVIGNON Cedex
Client: Région PACA – Direction des Lycée
Program: Institut de Formation des Professionnels de la Santé
Architects: Elodie NOURRIGAT/Jacques BRION/Romain JAMOT– NBJ Architectes
Project Area: 6 830 m²
Cost: 3 Millions € HT
Delivery date: December 2012
Photography: Paul KOZLOWSKI © photoarchitecture
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