Dominique Lyon Architectes

University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University Library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

The site is in a “New Town” built in the seventies and eighties, 30 kilometers south of Paris.

The architecture that prevails in this city is post-modern. Curiously enough, the general use of historical references and architectural symbol does not give meanings to the urban plan and fails to constitute a strong image of the city. The context is dull.

Our building is seemingly neutral since it does not depend on any historical reference or symbolic.

In fact it relies on a strong aesthetic effect (alternate strips of coloured glass) that can be described and understood without any architectural education. It is efficient and non ideological.

The neutrality of the building serves as a background to an image. A monumental image is printed on two façades ; it represents a generic “New city”. This image would have been commissioned to an artist such as Jeff Wall.

The interior plans are non-directional since there are no views to favour.

Client : Ile-de-France’s Region
Site : boulevard Vauban, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78)
Competition : september 1999
Surface area : 7 800 m²
Cost : 8.23 M€ ht