The site dedicated to the construction of the social center is situated in the southern part of the town of Lille.
Urban development in this area is very recent and the urban tissu still witnesses of the initial heterogeneous constitution. This state is due to degradation of former industrial elements as well as to the exclusive occupation of the area by social housings and the absence of a mesh of infrastructure.
Lille sud seems thereby exploded in isolated fragments, fragile and unvalued. The project’s pertinence is anchored in the urban approach: the social center is to communicate the image of a public equipment and to represent an urban place mark at the border of the northern situated park and the square in the south.
The social center becomes an urban Landmark with the character of an object at the scale of southern-Lille.
The social- and culture Centre of the Arbrisseau is a public building composed by a suite of different programs directly dedicated to the entire population of the neighbourhood: from the kinder-garden, by the multi-purpose-festival-hall to senior-activities rooms – the Centre of the Arbrisseau is a focal point in the direct social context.
On a rather small site at the junction of a crossroad and a park the building therefore develops vertically in a double spiral: the different programmatic spaces enrol around accompanying exterior spaces that accompany the different functions. In the centre of this double spiral a central void organizes the vertical visual relations and the staircases.
The Centre of the Arbrisseau composes it’s program in a chronological, vertical way, composing a landmark with a twisted metal skin at the scale of the neighbourhood.
Colboc Franzen Associates (architect),
Partners: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Project manager: Arnaud Sachet
Project participants: Malik Hammadi, Flavien Menu
Model : Etienne Follenfant
INEX (technology & environmental planning),
Bureau M.Forgue (economie)