is a campus for creation and art, a school to learn several crafts.
Charles Baudelaire wrote: "Modernity is the transitory, the
fugitive, the contingent, half of art, the other half of which is the
eternal and the immutable". an art school must have these two
facets. an institutional, solemn, strong part, which inscribes it in
the city as an immutable object. a "modern" part, evolving and
adaptable, which responds to all the requirements and needs
linked to creation. this duality is already present on the site of
theUSEGO building, the sheet of sheds is thus extended to
accommodate the various programmes linked to teaching and,
in the administrative building,the public media library finds its
place and retains its symbolic and independent entrance, as
well as a direct link with the school.
the project is in line with the urban industrial logic of the site
and respects the flow logics associated with it, particularly the
strong linearity linked to the production lines. unlike the other
industries in the district, the school opens up this logic to the
city and its movements.
far from the industries, a legend says that in the Middle Ages
the cathedral of Strasbourg was located on the shortest route
to the market, and in fact it was regularly crossed by the
merchants accompanied by their carts and animals.
when a building has the capacity to be crossed like a square,
it asserts itself as an integral part of the urban fabric and
the spatial experience of the city.
In the future, it is easy to imagine that the infrastructural
passage that is the agora could open up to the city, be crossed
and possibly join the condemines site.
the choice of the silhouette of the extension, not only allows the
existing building to be bordered, but also creates a continuity
with the neighbouring buildings which, along the railway line,
sculpt the landscape of Sierre between sheds and pointed roofs.
the presence of the volume is thus diluted by the process of
location: Sierre, Switzerland
surface : 25’000m2
client: Kanton Wallis
with: méderic gilgen & benoît jacques