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In the age of digitalization, loci anima delivered the Alpha media library in Angoulême. Constructed in a former industrial zone to the north-east of the town, but with a direct link to the station, this third space has injected new energy into its neighborhood and is strengthening the social cohesion and cultural offering of the area.
|Program||Construction of a media library, indoor and outdoor garden, amphitheater, café and restaurant|
|Site||Angoulême, (16) France|
|Floor Area||5 241sqm / 56 413 sqft|
|Cost of construction||€ 13 800 000 / $ 14 600 000|
|Project owner||Communauté d’agglomération du Grand Angoulême|
|Photographer||Philippe Le Roy|
Inspired by the Scandinavian model, this building ushers in a new generation of cultural spaces where people can come together, meet others, exchange ideas, learn new things, be entertained – what we call third spaces. Neutral and open to all members of the public, regardless of age, this typology of space is destined to erase social-cultural divisions and blur the boundaries between the public and the private, the collective and the individual. The third space, an idea developed in the 1980s by Urban Sociology Professor Ray Oldenburg, is distinguished from the “first space”, the home, and the “second space”, the workplace. The building designed by loci anima for the town of Angoulême has multiple facades and forms a “compass-like view point”, pointing to Angoulême’s major landmarks. Made up of five colored parallelepipeds, cleverly piled one on top of the other, the media library forms an A that can be seen from the highpoint of the town: A for Alpha, and A for Angoulême. Each of the five “worlds” that make up the building is painted in the color of the metal of the celestial body associated with it. So, the “create” world is gold, associated with the Sun. The “understand” world is silver for the Moon. The “imagine world is bronze and evokes Jupiter. Venus and copper oxide are associated with “from one world to the next”. Finally, the “worlds’ factory” is anthracite, paying homage to Saturn and to lead. There are also connotations of the imaginary world of childhood in the design of the furniture: geometric, fun and functional, it is adapted to the different uses that the media library offers. On all levels, the spaces are extended outdoors by terraces or by the garden, for indoor/outdoor living, taking advantage of natural light, opening up or closing off in accordance with the heat and light needed and desired.