The Alpex Cultural Centre | Atelier Archiplein
Photo credit: Aurélien Poulat
Client : Municipality of Scionzier
Type : Renovation - extension
MOE : MAW scenography, Arnaud Economist, Plantier Structure, Berger CVSE
Photos : Aurélien Poulat
Location : Scionzier, Haute-Savoie, France
Area : 900 m2
Date : 2017 - 2021
Extension and conversion of a former machining factory. A colonnade made of massive stone
Atelier Archiplein, a firm renowned for its commitment to sustainable development from both an environmental and cultural perspective, is proud to unveil the Alpex Cultural Centre in Scionzier, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. The project involved the transformation of a former machining factory, with the firm commissioned to extend and convert the building into a new cultural centre, forming part of a broader master plan to renovate and revitalize the heart of Scionzier.
In association with (MAW) scenographer, Atelier Archiplein was commissioned to undertake all aspects of the project, which involved the resolution of sensitive issues inherent in the major transformation of a building designated as a local heritage site.
In the initial stages of the project, a detailed heritage diagnosis was conducted and revealed an original color palette associated with the historic past of the building. The original structure included shades of green, red, and yellow, all of which the firm embraced in restoring the existing façades of the building. The riverside façade was the only original facade visible to the surrounding community at that time, and the emergence of the retro color palette was embraced by local inhabitants during the refurbishment.