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Winner of the competition of the Community of Agglomeration of Carcassonne, The “Cloud” is more than a multi-media library, it is a place of exchange and sharing open to the world and an anchor of a City policy on the lifestyle of the inhabitants.
|Program||Multimedia library, Scenic space, Fab Lab, More than 1 hectare of green space|
|Floor Area||6 000 m2|
|Cost of construction||15 300 000 €|
|Project Owner||Communauté d’Agglomération de Carcassonne|
The “Cloud” is a tremendous opportunity for the city of Carcassonne to bend the court of history by engaging the lower city towards urban renewal. Faced with increasingly fragmented and individualized lifestyles, it is crucial to restore a sense of belonging, to nourish common cultural ferments. The Cloud provides everyone with a place to live around books, knowledge, training and culture in all its forms, placing the user at the heart of their own approach. Like the mercantile universe, the “Cloud” is open to the outside, largely glazed to see and be seen and cleverly protected from the sun by an evanescent cloud. In reference to “Cloud computing”, it is also a place of reception, exchange and for sharing data, a place connected to the world and ideas. Finally, the Cloud is a compact and transparent project organized on three levels, fully connected visually and functionally, releasing vast public spaces outside: a reading garden which accompanies the sequence of entry to the media library from the city, a belvedere and an urban forum on the riverside; IT features a stand out terrace with a panoramic view unique on the city. For this project is a reflection on the city of Carcassonne which historically has invented strong urban models: the lower city and its checkerboard of streets at right angles and the city and its winding alleys perched on high are here finally reunified in a new urbanity.