Modern Music Centre, Evreux Building, Northern French Architecture, Haute Normandie Design
Modern Music Centre Evreux : SMAC Building
Evreux Architecture, Eure department, France – design by Hérault Arnod Architectes
19 Apr 2017 + 4 May 2012
Contemporary Music Centre Evreux
Haute Normandie, Northern France
Design: Hérault Arnod Architectes
Concert Hall for actual and contemporary music in Evreux
This Contemporary Music Centre (SMAC) is a new kind of musical complex, consisting of two auditoriums of very different kinds, linked by a public space called the deck, running from one side of the building to the other. It is designed on the principle that, instead of being mere consumers of entertainment, people can construct their own evening, which requires a distinctive spatial layout.
The site of the building is a corner of the Bel Ebat fairground, on the edge of the historic town centre. The difficulty lies in the size relation between the new building, essentially small and non-central, and the fairground, a huge empty esplanade. One of the challenges of the architecture is to give the building a clarity, an identity and a naturalness that local and national visitors can appreciate, but also to create a synergy with the fairground activities ? fetes, flea markets, circuses, etc.
To resist and exist in relation to the vast expanse of the fairground, the structure is tall and dense, sculptural and autonomous, its identity in contrast with the surrounding buildings. To give the volume its height, the main concert hall is on the first floor, overhanging the entrance on the northern side. Because the plot stands at the intersection of two streets, the structure curves around the hall in an enveloping movement, its upper part extended by the facade of the main auditorium.
For acoustic reasons, the concert rooms and recording studios are separate concrete boxes. As far as possible, the annexes and service premises are arranged around the outside to form a sou...