Project: BBC College Saint Exupéry
Architect: Guillaume Dufour/Agence M.P Boucher Architecte
Photographer: David Hulot
Production year: 2014
Project size: 10 200m²
The Northern General Council funded the restoration of the BBC College Saint Exupéry at Hellemmes city, close to Lille. The goal was to create the best possible learning environment for both students and teachers. Many factors, such as the amount of sound absorbed and the reverberation time, was considered to meet the local acoustic regulations. The goal was to control unwanted sounds and reflections to improve the communication and create a pleasant working atmosphere.
The BBC College Saint Exupéry is a TABS (Thermally Activated Building System) building. This means that the cooling effect from the concrete surfaces also must be taken into consideration when planning the interior. The architect, Guillaume Dufour from MP Boucher Architect Agency, chose to install Solo free hanging units. The Solo units interact with the lights and create a very pleasant atmosphere, both in appearance and regarding sound environment, while still allowing effective cooling of the room.