30 . 03 . 2016

Urban catalyst

JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS

Press visit

INVITATION PRESSE_24:03_JULIEN DE SMEDT_MAISON STÉPHANE HESSEL_EURALILLEThe Maison Stéphane in Euralille is the first facilty completed by Julien De Smedt in France. It is a compelling and unusual example of programmatic mix-use as  rarely seen in France. The project emerges from the idea of creating an 24, designed to accommodate the three ages of mankind, from birth, through adolescence, and into adulthood; a volume that captures the stages of human growth. Each program defines the triangle from its summits to its centre, where a uniting cloister offers a retreat from the city. The corners of the building are lifted to invite the neighbourhood and provide spaces for public activities, extending the function of the building beyond its walls and intentionally blurring the divide between indoor and outdoor.