This amorphous, parametric building, with its continuous facade of aluminum composite panels permits no conclusions about the functions inside. The kaleidoscopic reflective building brings us touch of modern town planning into the faceless periphery of Montpellier, the fastest growing city in France.
The Georges Freche-hotel school in Montpellier is more than a simple building with classrooms. The plant with a gross floor area of 26 000 square meters in addition includes a small hotel with adjoining restaurant, bistro, café and the respective kitchens and side rooms, in which the theory can be put into practice.
This is the Georges Frèche hotel-school is next to the archive and library building by Zaha Hadid and the town hall of Jean Nouvel’s latest project of an ambitious architectural program.
The practice-oriented vocational school is also a boarding: in separate towers, a dormitory and teachers apartments are located on the same property. A gym with sports court completes the space program, which is divided into five buildings forms a small neighborhood of its own.
The peculiarity of the system lies in the suspenseful organically shaped building volumes, which are recognizable as belonging together quarters with all their different usage and plastic through education by a uniform building envelope from silvery aluminum composite panels.
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas