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HERAULT
CULTURE
SPORT

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HERAULT CULTURE SPORT [MONTPELLIER, FRANCE]
2002-2007

PROGRAM: Library, departemental archive, sports facility

CLIENT: Departement de l'Herault


1000, rue de l’Alco
24087 Montpellier Cedex 4
FRANCE

ARCHITECT: Design Zaha Hadid Architects [London, UK]


Project Architect Stephane Hof [Zaha Hadid]

LOCAL ARCHITECT: Blue Tango Architectures [France]

CONSULTANTS Engineer Ove Arup Partners [UK]

Landscape Architect West 8 [Netherlands]

Cost Consultant Davis Langdom & Everest [UK]

SIZE/AREA : Landscape Area 100,000 m2


Building 35, 000 m2
The three institutions - the archive, the bibliotheque and the sport department - are unified within a single, envelope. The three
parts of this "cite administrative" combine into a strong figure visible far into the landscape. As one moves closer, the division into
three parts becomes apparent. The building has been developed on the basis of a rigorous pursuit of functional and economic
logic. However, the resultant figure is reminiscent of a large tree-trunk, laid horizontal. The archive is located at the solid base of
the trunk, followed by the slightly more porous bibliotheque. The sport department with its well-lit offices is next, at the end where
the trunk bifurcates and becomes much lighter. The branches projecting off the main trunk are articulating the points of access
and the entrances into the various institutions. On the western side are all the public entrances and on the eastern side are all
the service entrances, i.e. staff entrances and loading bays. In this way the tree-trunk analogy is exploited to organise and artic-
ulate the complexity of the overall "cite administrative".
Urban Strategie The key to the urban strategy is the extension of the future Parc de Malbosc into our site and across to La
Paillade. Our scheme proposes that on our site the public park becomes a recreational forest with various clearings and play-
grounds.
Spatial Organisation The main vehicular access - both for public visitors as well as for staff and service vehicles is from Rue
du professeur Blayac, on either side of the building. The public access leads to the generous visitor carpark right in front of the
various entrance lobbies. The service access is stretched along the opposite side. This longitudinal division of serviced and serv-
icing spaces is maintained within the groundfloor of the building. This clear boundary and interface is coherent along the full
length of the building. The front side of the groundlevel contains all the public functions of each institution, linked by a linear
lobby in the centre. From here the reading rooms and educational spaces of the archive are immediately accessible. The same
goes The public facilities shared between the three institutions, like the exhibition hall and conference centre, are located in the
main branch that projects out from the trunk at this front side. Above the connective groundlevel the three institutions remain
strictly separated. Each has its own set of cores for internal vertical circulation. The lay-outs of each part follow their specific func-
tional logic.
HERAULT CULTURE SPORT [MONTPELLIER, FRANCE]
HERAULT CULTURE SPORT [MONTPELLIER, FRANCE]
2002-2007

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