Media library of Mont de Marsan by Archi5
The Media Library, designed by Archi5, is a covered cultural square in the middle of the Bosquet barracks in Mont de Marsan, south of Bordeaux. Archi5 has “taken care to augment the dialogue with the place’s strong architectural whole. The building complies with the classical layout yet contrasts with its austerity by offsetting the system with a corner opening onto the city. Its facades reflect the surrounding barracks like a respectful, deferential mirror.”
A grassy incline surrounds the building, giving way to alternating transparent and glass reflecting facades. At night the building becomes a lantern, bringing the square to life.
The interior space on the ground floor is completely open and centres around a patio, inspired by Matisse’s paintings of acanthus leaves, and the forms of Alvar Aalto’s vases.
Ph: Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan, Gaston F. Bergeret, Didier Boy de la Tour.