Brétignolles sur mer, France
Architects : Marta Mendonça & Gonzalo Galindo
in association with Lancereau & Meyniel Architectes
Collaborators : Marie Thibaut, Estelle Fort, Alberto Morao
3D Images : Studio Sezz
Client : Brétignolles sur mer City Hall
Program : A covered market, a library and 18 apartments
Area : 3000 m²
Budget : 7.2 M euros HT
Phase : Competition
A contemporary architectural gesture that respects the vernacular architectural heritage of a village by the sea. This project concerns the redevelopment of the town centre and comes as a result of the desire to create a better relationship between new services, existing businesses and the traditional architecture of Bretignollles sur Mer.
A unifying element in the main square, the market hall is also a signal building, a symbol of community in the town. The building displays both strength and formal simplicity. As it is of a similar height to surrounding buildings it establishes a volumetric dialogue with the monumentality of the church facing it. Nearby, the library building stands out for its architectural merit. The transparence of its large coloured glass façade indicates the cultural function of the building and provides a view through to an internal garden.
The framing of the building by the high wall and projecting roof in white concrete give the building its unique character amongst the surrounding buildings.
The apartments were designed to create a harmonious relationship between the old and the new, conserving the identity of the old buildings. The volumetric principle is simple but the functional difference between the ground floor – retail space and the residential levels above is clearly expressed. The volumes are subdivided to prevent it having an overbearing presence on the small eclectic houses of the town. The variety of volumes and the diversity in the composition of the façade strengthen the integration of the building into the village.