Dominique Coulon & associés

Dominique Coulon & associés

Strasbourg, FR


‘Jeanne-Marie’ home for people suffering from mental disorders in Still. France.

Located at the entrance to the Bruche valley, Still is a typical village in Alsace, nestling among the foothills of the valley, where woodland, clearings and running water create a soothing landscape. The home is for people with severe mental health needs and suffering from anxiety, displaying aggressive behaviour, or suffering from any other form of sensorial disorder, which means that the architecture must accurately match the needs of this specific public.

On the edge of a clearing, the square building nestles among the trees, opening out onto the landscape. The rough texture of the concrete, in a noticeably green tint, echoes the verdant surroundings and softens the strict positioning of the structure. The base of the building, broadly open onto the clearing, houses the common and shared areas. It pivots through the mass of the three higher levels, creating a broad overhang that lends a framework to the view. The overhang emphasises the compact volume of the three floors that accommodate the small living units. The floor-plan of the ordinary floors is absolutely identical on all three levels, so that residents can easily find their way around the different parts of the building. The only difference is that one wall in the common area on each level is a different colour. This arrangement, the strictness of the layout, and the use of colour all form part of the daily accompaniment of the patients. A standard floor comprises a common area, a terrace shared by everyone, and ten living units. The four facades are pierced according to the degree of privacy of the different areas (individual rooms or shared areas); they each look out onto a soothing element in the landscape. 

The indoor areas have been designed in close collaboration with the association responsible for housing these patients, so that they match the residents’ needs as closely as possible. Thus lighting and views, colours and textures, acoustic arrangements and furnishings have all been designed with the everyday requirements of the place’s users in mind.

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Status: Built
Location: Still, FR
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Client: ‘Adèle de Glaubitz’ association

Prime contractor : Dominique Coulon & associés
Architect: Dominique Coulon
Project follow-through: Steve Letho Duclos, Alexandre Puech
Assistant architect: Hannes Libis
Site follow-through: Alexandre Puech, Mehmet Davaz

Design office - Structure: Batiserf Ingénierie
Design office - Electricity + Fire safety system coordinator: BET Gilbert Jost
Design office - Fluids: Solares Bauen
Project economist: E3 Économie
Acoustician: Euro Sound Project

Contractors: exterior layout (DENNI LEGOLL), structural work (DICKER), structural design (CAPEM), sealing/water-tightness (AXE SOPREMA), exterior wood joinery ((DG MENUISERIE), plasterwork/false ceilings (BUECHER & Fils), heating (SPEYSER), electricity (EIE), hot water system/bathroom fittings (SPEYSER), ventilation (JUKI), interior joinery (PFLEGER), tiling (CDRE), locks/metalwork (DG MENUISERIE), paintwork (DECOPEINT), adhesive floor coverings (JUNGER), lift (ORONA EST ASCENSEUR), furnishings (PFLEGER)

Photography: Eugeni Pons