The Simone-Veil school is a new extension to the Molina primary school, providing space for ten new classes and three rooms for multimedia, visual arts and other teaching. The building fits quite simply in its surroundings, making the most of a remarkable site at the foot of the Sainte Baume cliffs. The new school looks out across the landscape and is protected from the area’s predominant winds. To the west, the road into town; on the south side, a forecourt that seems to meld into the level land around it. On the north side, a compact two-storey building with a tiled roof links the new building to the existing school. Inside the complex there are large treed schoolyards, with more vegetation to the south (for rainwater management purposes) and educational areas that may be used for gardens and orchards.
The jury’s opinion
The stone-built extension fits in harmoniously, is well suited to its purpose and provides a pleasant, comfortable working space for teachers and children alike. Criteria like these should be guiding the design of all public amenity buildings.
Maîtrise d’ouvrage : commune de Cuges-les-Pins
Architectes : Antoine Beau, architecte mandataire ; Kaboom architecture, architecte associé
Surface SHON : 1 492 m2
Montant des travaux : 3 800 000 euros HT avec extérieurs
Date de livraison : septembre 2019