The new town hall building at Saint-Jacques de la Lande by LAN is an ideal opportunity to combine an urban strategy and an architectural gesture.
Architects tried to imagine a place that could be a workspace providing state services, a symbolic representation of a community, and a public space capable of generating new collective uses. The project’s federative element is its contemporaneity, and this primarily means minimising impacts, developing a potential and foreseeing future evolutions.
The design is based on easy legibility of the building’s various services, clearly indicated around naturally-lit patios, and the spatial organisation around a central hall. The architectural, environmental and economic approach to these programmatic and urban constraints, combined with the desire of creating a building housing extensive areas of superstructure and limiting intermediate load-bearers to a minimum, gives it the flexibility indispensable for its running and future evolutions.