Albert Einstein High School Transforms Ugly 1960’s Building into a Modern Beauty in France

by , 10/04/13

NBJ architecture, Francois Privat architects, green renovation, Montpellier architecture, modern schools, educational architecture, concrete shell-like structures, high school campus, brutalist architecture

The project was realized as a collaboration between architecture agency NBJ (Elodie Nourrigat/Jacques Brion/Romain Jamot) and Francois Privat architects. The site, dominated by large, linear buildings from the 1960’s, was renovated to fit the spatial requirements of a modern-day school, while preserving green space in the school’s northwest corner.

The new building will house teaching rooms and a restaurant. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of vegetation and the balance between built space and natural surroundings, with several meeting places organized around a green area.

The building’s envelope features alternating aluminum and lacquered panel shades, colored differently to provide a visual contrast to the concrete shell. It was completed in November 2012.


+ Francois Privat architects

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