Departmental Archives Reims Building

Marne Departmental Archives Annexe Reims, French Building, Architecture Design France

Departmental Archives Reims

New Building in France – design by Hamonic+Masson & Associés

29 Oct 2014

Departmental Archives Reims

Location: northeast France

Programme: Modern history research hub + regional information centre + archival storage space

Design: Hamonic+Masson & Associés, Architects

Departmental archives, Reims, France by Hamonic + Masson & Associés architects

Photos: Sergio Grazia

Departmental Archives Reims

Departmental Archives Reims

The programme of this design competition, won in 2008 by Hamonic + Masson & Associés architects, was to reconstruct the Marne departmental archives annexe, situated in the French city of Reims. The new construction is located opposite the old building, and the project was completed and delivered by Hamonic + Masson & Associés in 2014. The aim was to turn the building in to a modern history research hub and a regional information centre, whilst expanding the linear archival storage space from 7km to 18km.

Departmental Archives Reims

Departmental Archives Reims

Considering the size and the impact on the site, we wanted this project for the Reims archives to be read in several ways, to tell different tales depending on distance or nearness to the building, and to allow the discovery of many different elements and feelings as one walks through.

Departmental Archives Reims

Departmental Archives Reims

Located on a gentle slope, the building stands in such a way that does not spoil or overload the setting. It’s a line that we see from the background. Visitors take a path that gradually gives way to the access ramp. The reception area is an intermediary space, before opening onto the inner garden. The entrance demonstrates the building’s functional organisation that we see through the transparent patio.

Departmental Archives Reims

Departmental Archives Reims

The effect of time will reveal the charm of the natural, raw materials (glass, metal and golden-brown varnished concrete.) With their richness, textures and vibrations, these industrial materials gain in poetry. It is an aesthetic refinement, which, if applied with care, gives the building consistency and identity.

Departmental Archives Reims

Departmental Archives Reims – Building Information

Programme: Reconstruction of the Marne regional archives annexe located in Reims.
Location: 129, avenue de l’Yser, Reims, France
Calendar: Competition won: 2008 / Completed: 2014
Client: Conseil Général de la Marne
Architecture team: Hamonic + Masson & Associés
Structural engineer: SIBAT
Photographs: Sergio Grazia
Cost: 6,6 M€ excluding tax
Surface: 5,145 sqm

Departmental Archives Reims

Departmental Archives Reims images / information from Hamonic+Masson & Associés Architects

Location:129, avenue de l’Yser, Reims, France ‘

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