A simply articulated and small scaled addition to the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’ Architecture de Marseille, by PAN Architects is a fine example of school design that can be responsive and integrated into the surrounding natural landscape, while not necessarily relying on traditional architectural forms.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is site-responsive design. Sitting on the boundary between the campus and the forested Calanques National Park on the outskirts of Marseille, and in an arid landscape shaped by the Mediterranean climate, the low cost three studio addition consists of very simple forms, sparely detailed, that rest in the landscape- in deference to the beautiful mountain backdrop, the preserved existing vegetation, and a minimalist approach to the near site development.
On the south side of the studios, a brise soleil made of natural wood strips woven with supporting braided wires provides screening for the studios from direct sunlight, while creating an outdoor work area facing out into the adjacent forest.
Each studio has large view windows facing both to the south and the north and a door linking them to the outdoors, providing ample daylight, while the simple rooms provide a flexible studio space that can be molded to the many uses required in architecture school.