2008 Pierres Vives Building, France

The building is a unique combination of three civic institutions - the archives, the library and the sports department - within a single envelope. Given the contained programs, the design is inspired by the idea of a 'tree of knowledge' as an organizational diagram. The archive is located at the solid base of the trunk, followed by the slightly more porous library, with the sports department and its offices on top where the trunk bifurcates and becomes much lighter.


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