CIVIC CENTER IN LE CRÊT
Le Crêt, Fribourg, SUISSE. 2012
CLIENT: COMMUNE DE LE CRÊT
SIZE: 1.500 m2
COLLABORATORS: FEDERICA MATTUCCI . MIEKE MOERMAN . LOREN MEDINA
As Fribourg is vastly growing from historic town into a real city form, we see the site of the former Cardinal brewery as an opportunity to create a ne quarter for the city. Creating a neighbourhood with a dynamic, social and technological interface will naturally consolidate the site into the city fabric.
To tackle the isolation and inaccessibility of the site, created by railway and entrance roads surrounding the site and moreover a huge level difference of 12m, we implement a connection between the two main nodes north and south to the site. Connected to this main spine follows a branching out of pedestrian paths linking the main entrance road in the West with a industrial landscape park in the East. This hybrid structure of public space forms an ideal base for a more rigid and economic building fabric.
We propose a modular system based on a group of 3 units, each with a width of 10m, of which the central volume is designed as a greenhouse. This leitmotiv makes it possible to create multiple variations of typologies withn the system. Furthermore, the glass house also provides passive dollar energy and light in winter, while allowing natural air flow for ventilation in summer. The use of an asymmetric roof oriented to the South not only underlines the significant industrial history of the site, but also coincides with the concept of solar panelling.