- Architects: Céline Teddé & Jérôme Apack architectes
- Location: Rue de l’École, 04500 Roumoules, France
- House: 612.zero m2
- Challenge 12 months: 2016
- Images: Julien Lanoo
- Shopper: Conseil départemental des Alpes de Haute Provence
Textual content description supplied through the architects. Positioned within the Alpes de Hautes Provence, the non violent the town of Riez lives above its archaeological Roman heritage, buried alongside a former dried-up river. A dilapidated secondary college stands above those ruins. It used to be constructed within the 1960’s, at a time when this kind of heritage used to be rejected, to the purpose the place it vanished within the depths of the varsity’s move slowly areas. The restructuring of the varsity’s functioning and its retrofitting elevate the query of the way forward for those ruins and in their imaginable enhancement. Because of loss of investment, the mission sponsor determined to facilitate get right of entry to to archaeologists whilst denying it to the general public and to scholars.
However, it perceived to us that the varsity may just humbly inform the tale of its soil, thus anchoring it to its territory. On this surroundings wealthy with Historical past, the purpose isn’t to provide a generic however a selected structure. In consequence, we needed to root the mission within the historical past of the Roman town that Riez as soon as used to be, through taking into consideration the varsity as a residing, fully-fledged vestige on which an excavation marketing campaign can be performed.
Thus, identical to an archaeologist attracts a squaring line at the soil of an exploration web site, facades were carved in order that their cross-sections would expose the quite a lot of strata which make up the constructions, from their preliminary posts and beam construction to nowadays’s mineral white coating. In consequence, our intervention tells the tale of the partitions but in addition that of indescribable time and of the rankings of staff who constructed the ones partitions. The archaeological specificity of the web site forbids to dig the bottom greater than 60 cm deep and calls for long run excavation campaigns at the web site to be imaginable.
Thus, the passageway that we recommend to construct at the fringe of the playground to unite the quite a lot of constructions of the varsity used to be designed as a succession of small prefabricated white concrete buildings. Every of those gadgets is made up of a flooring slab on which an arch relaxation, itself supporting a roofing slab. The mixed buildings delineate a shaded stroll, like below Roman archways. At the first flooring, the roofs of the passageways will hyperlink the principle constructions of the varsity, thus providing a separate house and a view at the hills and at the baptistery, which is the one resurgence of Riez’s buried heritage.