The site of the future school group in the Starlette district is located in a strip, between the Bassin Vauban and the Parc du Petit Rhin. The project is consistent with the ambitions of the urban project management group, by formulating a response that strengthens the resilience of this piece of the city.
The different entities that make up the future Starlette school group each participate in the activation of the surrounding public spaces through the creation of a series of autonomous, targeted entrances.
The structure of the paths that defines the Starlette district is strictly respected, by proposing to give back a width of twelve meters to the public domain and thus transform the simple visual breakthrough into a real public garden path.
A refined volumetry makes the project exist in the urban sequence, opens up a new visual breakthrough between the park and the Citadelle district and limits nuisances within Area.
The architectural language, as well as the landscape, is inspired by the port history of the site, and consistent with the natural conditions of the territory and its ecological imperatives.
Alongside suitability, the proposal reinvestigates the archetype of the school building founded on two major axes.
The first axis calls for a balanced relationship between the children and living; the project multiplies the natural and infiltrating surfaces, the sustained presence of plants is a prerequisite for a rich biodiversity thanks to the enhancement of solar gain, rainwater and prevailing winds.
The second axis aims at the sobriety of the techniques used, as much by the mixed wood-concrete structure and the programmatic resilience of the constructive choices as by its low-tech facade devices and the installation of low-emission heating and cooling systems.
Our project brings together each of the functional entities facilitating the journey of children, teachers, staff and the public. It is structured around two self-sufficient programmatic loops. The nursery loop located on the ground floor offers access to the first cycle, their dining room and extracurricular areas. The elementary loop begins opposite the Quai Vauban and unfolds in three dimensions linking the classes of level 2 and level 3 to the courtyard and shared functions.
The proposal for the Starlette school group ultimately tries to balance these instances as accurately as possible.
XDGA (Xaveer De Geyter Architects)
Xaveer De Geyter, Vincent Blactot, Rémy Carat, Antoine Chaudemanche, Marie Debraine, Léo Mazurek, Damian Wnuk
Bollinger + Grohmann (structure)
Solares Bauen (mechanics, environment)
Euro Sound Project-DB Silence (acoustics)
ES Services Energetiques (restauration)
Justine Miething (landscape)