The 2015 extension/addition project at France’s Charlie Chaplin School Complex (of course, named after the legendary classic film actor) involved not only getting a new cafeteria and rec center (while converting the old cafeteria into 4 classrooms), but also a new covered walkway and a courtyard renovation. The design firm SAM architecture, with Boris Schneider and Aurélien Clovis acting as the architects-in-charge, took a rational approach by using basic geometric forms that follow the existing site (in relation to the street, party wall and neighboring building facades) in visually “completing” the complex’s architectural design.
The extension project comprises of vertical concrete forms, framing and furnishings made of LVL beech wood (in order to reduce cross-sections and the amount of wood used), and the complex roof — designed like a hull — also made of LVL beech wood that can adapt the ceiling height based on use and space sizes. Plus, that roof extends to the façade like a type of concrete netting and frames the new cafeteria’s large bay window. The project also created two vaults increase the volume at the main cafeteria and entrance hall’s wooden platform — acting as the main strategic points — that integrate into a horizontal component.
[Thanks SAM Architecture]