Vire’s Media Library and Auditorium: The Renovation of an Early 19th Century Building

In 2007, G+ Architectes finished a project appointed by Ville de Vire as the client. The project was to reconstruct and design the Media Library and Auditorium in Vire, France.

The Vire’s Media Library and Auditorium

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The first phase of this project was to renovate an early 19th-century building which was badly damaged during the liberation of Normandy in 1942.

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The renovation included designing a lateral extension to the north of the site, functioning as a media library and public garden.

The New Extension

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Focusing on the new extension, it contains the space to display the paper and digital collections as well as reading and consultation spaces.

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The extension also comes with an open-air planted patio and administrative and archive spaces. It is clad in a zinc skin of folded interlocking panels and large glazed surfaces. The cladding was silkscreened at the entrance in the ground floor.

Transformable Auditorium

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Another important phase of the project was the restructuring of adjacent sports and cultural city. It also included the conversion of the building’s swimming pool into a transformable auditorium containing 200 seats. The auditorium can be used to hold art performances.

Via GPlus Architectes

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