PIERRE-PERRET SCHOOL’S EXTERIOR IN FRANCE IS DESIGNED LIKE AN UFO

PIERRE-PERRET SCHOOL’S EXTERIOR IN FRANCE IS DESIGNED LIKE AN UFO

Ameller, Dubois & Associés  : The early childhood school complex designed by Philippe Ameller and Jacques Dubois in the suburban town of Serris, east of Paris, does not seem to be particularly alien or extravagant. But the urban context makes the new building a real UFO, as the Pierre-Perret school is located near Disneyland Paris.
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Since its inauguration in 1992, the notorious amusement park has been a true engine of economic development. But it also provides its peculiar aesthetic direction, somewhere between The Truman Show and an impersonation of Parisian late XIXth century style. In this artificial area, the architects challenged the local mainstream tastes with their new school.
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
“We did think of this school project as an opportunity – and almost a duty – to place there a hint, a clue about what a pleasant life may be away from the Disneyland influences. A humble piece of genuine architecture of the early XXIst century seemed to be what the inhabitants of Serris needed most, for their youngest children to grow aware of their time.”
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Fortunately, a recent awards jury shared this point of view, and liked the wooden touch of the design (totally alien to Serris until then). “No one felt insulted”, says Jacques Dubois, “as we certainly did not make fun of the existing town. We just felt it deserved to switch to something a little more genuine, step by step. This is the first step, and the population seems to appreciate it.”
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO

 

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