Leonard De Vinci High School in Montpellier

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Leonard De Vinci High School

Educational Facility in Montpellier, Southern France – design by Hellin-Sebbag architects

page updated 11 Sep 2016 with new photos ; 2 Feb 2015

Leonard De Vinci High School in Montpellier

Location: Montpellier, France

Design: Hellin-Sebbag, architects

An Ethereal, Chislled ARC At The Border Between Two Neighbourhoods

Leonard De Vinci High School

The French Architectural firm Hellin-Sebbag has designed a new main reception building for the Leonard de Vinci high school specialising in building trades.

Leonard De Vinci High School

Leonard De Vinci High School

Leonard De Vinci High School

Located in North-West Montpellier, in an urban setting undergoing major transformation, its facade, in the form of an elevated curve, marks the crossroads between the “Paillade” neighbourhood and the new Eco-District of “Pierre Vives” which is developing around the Departmental Archives designed by Zaha Hadid.

Leonard De Vinci High School

A PieceI of the City
This signature building, multi-faceted and composite, heralds a broad building and renovation project that will reshape the entire 4ha-site of this high school built in the 1960s.

Three Distinct Geometric Elements

– The grey monolith, consisting of a compact, three-storey building set up according to the North-South frame of the site.

Leonard De Vinci High School

– The red triangle, a storey-high overhang on pillars, a metallic structure that curves gently to follow the diagonal axis of the street lined with buildings of “Pierres Vives.”

Leonard De Vinci High School

– The Triangular horizontal sun shade, a translucent metallic awning protecting the building and forecourt from the sun. A majestic metallic portico highlights the central axis of the project.

Leonard De Vinci High School

A Shimmering Facade at Once Translucent and Opaque
Facade and veil are of a piece, the one draping the other to form a protective shield. This filter against the sun, prying eyes and harsh elements is a metallic mesh that unfolds gracefully and shimmers differently depending on the season, time of day and position on the curve, in a clever game of hide-and-seek with the red cladding beneath.

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Leonard De Vinci High School Leonard De Vinci High School

Program
The entry hall, exhibition space and multipurpose room with windows onto the landscaped forecourt, as well as the study hall and school supervisor facilities overlooking the courtyard, are on the ground floor.

Leonard De Vinci High School

Leonard De Vinci High School

On the first floor, administrative offices and teachers’ rooms are arranged around a triangular patio with a light well, offering a private terrace reserved for staff. Classrooms are on the second floor.

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Leonard De Vinci High School

A City Within a City
The second construction phase involves redesigning the Western half of the high school with new buildings – Centre for Documentation and Information, residence facilities, teaching locales, sports facilities – arranged around a leafy courtyard which acts as a sort of town square for this “city within a city.”

Leonard De Vinci High School

With this main reception building, the architects have breathed new life into the vocational Léonard de Vinci lycée in its new urban context.

Leonard De Vinci High School

Leonard De Vinci High School

Leonard De Vinci High School

Leonard De Vinci High School

Photographs: Benoit Wherlé

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Leonard De Vinci High School in Montpellier images / information from Hellin-Sebbag

Hellin-Sebbag architectes associés

Address: 1 Rue du Professeur Blayac, 34080 Montpellier, France
Phone: +33 4 67 10 40 10

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