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Somme Architecture, Picardie : Buildings

Contemporary Picardie Developments in northern France, Europe Contemporary Built Environment

post updated 11 Jan 2021

Somme Buildings

Location: Picardy, northeast of France, near the Belgian border

Key Picardy Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Albert Cultural Centre
Date built: 1993
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
French cultural building
Following a limited international competition in November 1990, Ian Ritchie Architects won a commission to design a Cultural and Sports Centre in Albert, Northern France. Ian Ritchie Architects were the only non-French team invited to compete.

Boves Pharmacy, southest of Amiens
Date built: 1986
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
Picardie building
The concept of the pharmacy is based on three unusual criteria. Firstly, No traditional shop window; secondly, no traditional counter; thirdly, incorporate accommodation for an on – duty overnight pharmacist. The challenge to the chemist was to accept the ‘village’ location, as against the ‘High Street’ and in recognising this to believe in the public service he was providing, in particular to the old, and mothers and children.

Fluy House, nr Amiens
Date built: 1977
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
Somme house
The activity spaces follow the movement of the sun – bedrooms east, activity space south, relaxing west, with the transparent garage and workshop acting as an energy buffer to the north. The cellar is composed of two spaces – an internal play space and utility area and an external ‘in the earth’ space for wine, growing mushrooms and solar energy storage.

Primary School, Daours, nr Amiens
Date built: 1992
Design: Ian Ritchie Architects
Picardie school building
A new reception area and four new adaptable classroom spaces and wet areas were provided. The structural and surface materials are predominantly naturally stained coloured wood, which, with clear glass provides a light and emotionally warm environment.

Thiepval Arch: Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval
Date built: 1932
Design: Edwin Lutyens Architect
The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. A visitors’ centre opened in 2004. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as “the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century”.

Amiens Buildings

9 Feb 2010
Amiens Media Library
Design: Serero Architectes
Amiens Media Library, University, France
image courtesy of architects practice
Amiens Media Library
Located in the heart of Amiens University, the new library and auditorium constitute a central place for exchanges and meeting around technologies as well as the catalyst of an intense campus social life. This architectural project sets the two entities, library and auditorium, at the same level that the central garden of the University.

21 Oct 2008
Zenith Music Hall, Amiens
Date built: 2008
Design: Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture
Zenith Music Hall
photo : Philippe Ruault
Zenith Music Hall Amiens
The building was designed as an architectural element like a sculpture, autonomous. Adaptation to the needs of the “Zenith”, the building also reveals its role emblematic of room for performances, a playful space.

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Delcourt House, Croix, Nord
Dates built: 1968-69
Design: Richard Neutra Architects

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Zenith Music Hall Strasbourg
Design: Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture
Zenith Music Hall Strasbourg
photo : Moreno Maggi
Zenith Music Hall Strasbourg

Zenith Saint-Etienne
Design: Foster + Partners
Zenith Saint-Etienne
photo : Nigel Young
Zenith Saint-Etienne Building

Pierre Vives Montpellier
Design: Zaha Hadid Architect
Montpellier building
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Pierre Vives Montpellier

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