Architecture (Equipment)

New Town Hall - 1997 / 2001 Magny-les-Hameaux

Project team

- atelierphilippemadec (Paris), commissioned architect 
- Acanthe (Guillaume Geoffroy Dechaume), landscaping
- Ingerop, general surveyors
- C&E, Jean-Marc Weill, for the compass staircase in the hall
- Vladimir Lyschzinski, lighting artist

Client

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines SAN  (Syndicat d'Agglomeration Nouvelle –New Town Development Corporation)

Status: completed + furnishings + signposting | Net Area: 5,650 m² | Cost: 4,179,390 plus additional taxes

Magny-Les-Hameaux is part of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines new town. Its former town hall in the old part of the town having become obsolete, a new site was chosen in a new district near the junction of the RD 938 and 195 roads. 
The new town hall was designed like a monument, as there was little for it to blend in with on the site, and it was necessary to make an architectural statement of the beginning of the construction of the district. This public edifice punctuates the town, reflecting the composite nature of the programme, the surroundings, the existing and future scale of construction. 
It incorporates the most traditional design elements of public buildings in the Ile de France region in its definition of volumes: a central body, a body in front, and a pyramidal effect;  in its layout: an entry court, and facing towards the square and the park; and in its      use of materials: zinc, copper and stone. The town hall proposes a dialogue based on its functions, the scales, dimensions and materials suited to the place.

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