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Issue #20

MODERN TOWN HALL WITH DURABLE CLAY TILE FACADE

Public Use

Covered in clay tiles, the façade of the new town hall in Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France establishes a link between the surrounding traditional buildings and modern design. A town hall is open to the public and therefore the goal of DLW architects was to create a welcoming and feel-good atmosphere for all citizens.
Wienerberger, New Town Hall Brittany Saint Gilles, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects, © Armel istin
© Armel istin
Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin
Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin
Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin

MODERN TOWN HALL WITH DURABLE CLAY TILE FACADE

Public Use

Covered in clay tiles, the façade of the new town hall in Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France establishes a link between the surrounding traditional buildings and modern design. A town hall is open to the public and therefore the goal of DLW architects was to create a welcoming and feel-good atmosphere for all citizens.

Clay tiles proved to be the perfect material for the façade. The warm and earthy-tones of the clay tiles enhance the positive appearance of the building and make it an eye-cater at the same time.

Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin
Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin

Colours of the Land

The architects drew inspiration from traditional construction methods, as the building is located next to historic buildings like a stone church. Vincent Wattier, one of the practice’s partners, points out that “although Brittany is often associated with granite and slate, the region of Saint-Gilles is also familiar with brick and the local slightly purplish Montfort stone.” It was this local stone that inspired the nuances of the outer skin of the town hall. Big windows are used to lighten the clay façade, reflecting the sky, contributing to the overall effect.

Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin

Variable Geometry

Playing with the positioning and nuances of the tiles made it possible to establish links and lines of force in the façade and, thus, enliven a large volume like the town hall. The architect chose to put tiles of the same colour together in small groups of two or three to smooth out the nuances and blur the overall effect to create an impression of continuity of the material. Horizontal and vertical lines criss-cross like the weft and warp of a loom.

Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin
© Armel istin

Durability is key

In addition, the choice of the clay tile cladding was also dictated by the material’s durability. It brings its stability to the wood and concrete frame, whilst making the building’s architecture more welcoming. Fired clay looks right at home in Saint-Gilles, the land of granite!

Facts & Figures
  • Project name
    New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France
  • Architect
    Vincent Wattier, DLW Architects
  • Used products

    Flat Koramic 301 tiles colours glazed gloss wine linen, matt slate grey and amaranth

  • Year of completion
    2015
Wienerberger, New town hall, Brittany/Saint-Gilles, France, Koramic 301, Vincent Wattier/DLW Architects © Armel istin

Façade

Koramic 301 – glazed gloss wine linen, matt slate grey and amaranth – France