Located in the Isère department of France, the town center of Montbonnot Saint-Martin, this project is comprised of the restored former Priory and a new extension in decidedly contemporary style. In an architecturally rich context complicated by the topography, the aim was to fit in with the continuity of the architecture, history and landscape of the site. The project has successfully breathed new life into the historic building, which has been preserved by its integration into the program of the multimedia library.

The extension stands upon a stone base in the form of a try-square, which ensures the continuity of the construction with the wall of the Maison des Arts and the relationship with the differences in level of the terrain. It houses the Multipurpose Hall and the Youth Center. On this base, the Multimedia library fits naturally into place, surrounding a glazed patio and lightly touching the Priory. The patio sets up a dialogue between the new and the old by creating stunning views of the mountain chains of the Belledonne and the Chartreuse.

Project Sheets
Address: Montbonnot Saint-Martin, France
Client: Commune de Montbonnot Saint-Martin
Architects: Chapuis Royer Architectures (project managers: Dominique Chapuis, David Billy-Dorée), Heritage Architect: Cécile Rémond, Betrec, Adret, Alp’Etudes, Acouphen, Kaena, Ergo Conseil et Aménagement
Surface: 998 m² (10,742 sq ft)
Cost: € 3,153,631 excl. VAT
Calendar: delivered in March 2019