The site for the new secondary school for 600 pupils offered the opportunity to build a significant public facility in an extraordinary place, located in the midst of nature but still close to the centre of town. The goal that architectes cactus had set for themselves was to create a compact, highly functional building that robustly embodied the principles of sustainability and that harmonised well with its surroundings. The architecture of the building was to represent its societal function as a place of learning.
“Collège Nathalie Sarraute” in Aubagne, France © Philippe Piron
Building in the public sphere often involves an architecture of appropriateness.