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Naucelle Gare, France
This building, which has various functions
(bakery, farmers’ market, snack bar and tourist office of the «Ségala»), is located
close to the RN88 trunk road which links Toulouse and Rodez. The goal of this
project is to provide the region with a means to promote local food and
supplies to locals and tourists. The building was conceived like a market hall.
All the materials used were chosen for their quality and ease of implementation.
In order to avoid large earthworks, the building sits along level lines. It
uses the language of this peculiar French region, the «Ségala». Having in mind the
straw bales and golden corn fields all around, the architects designed a golden metallic membrane which protects the inner spaces from low
sun rays. Inside the building, wooden casings recall market vegetable crates.
This Land art gesture depicts the food supply chain: from harvesting (outside
perception) to cooked dishes (inside perception).
Technically speaking, the building is constructed like a compact market hall
with a 10-metre long corridor structure. It uses a wooden glue-laminated
framework made of spruce. Walls are composed of a metallic membrane, an anti UV
rainscreen, bracing between studs, stone wool, spruce sidings and crates (from the
outside in). In the end, this project tries to capture the singularities of the
«Ségala» and to translate it into architectural language. It offers a way of
understanding this unique landscape.