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Centre for Contemporary Archives

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Hamonic + Masson
location Fontainebleau
function archive
contributed by Hamonic-Masson

This addition to the Centre for Contemporary Archives is the result of an immediate need of archival storage while waiting for the opening of the National Archives in Pierrefitte. The programme suggested a dense, rectangular form which in turn provides a firm background to the fluidity of the terrain -the forest of Fontainebleau. As one approaches the building, the skin of the building starts to dissolve. A moiré effect occurs between the overlapping layers of earth coloured perforated steel and vibrant green corrugated sheeting, resulting in a surface of constantly changing tones. What seemed simple from a distance poses more and more questions as one approaches. This fluidity is reflected internally in a monochromatic world of moving bands of magenta and white. These bands act as way-finders and landmarks. Through superimposition, reflection and materiality, the building plays a game of blurring its tangible limits within the poetry of its landscape.

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Centre for Contemporary Archives
rue des Archives 2
Project is not public!
Completion 4- 2007
Floor area/size 5880 m2
Cost € 4500000,-
ArchitectHamonic + Masson
services engineerBérim
structural engineerBérim
Client Ministère de la culture et de la communication
Project ID 3692
Latitude/Longitude 48°23'54N 02°43'32E
Contributed by Hamonic-Masson
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