National School of Music and Dance [1976]

Claude Le Goas and Robert Bezon

Built in the Montreuil commune to the east of Paris, this unusual structure is composed of glazed, rectilinear modules wrapped in steel, painted red and stacked according to program. Situated adjacent to the standard concrete and horizontality of the Croix de Chavaux shopping centre, the School’s certainly offers diffirence. Equally striking are its external areas – a blend of similarly modular plastic benches by AT.URB.A. and a set of styled ventilation chimneys by Michel Wieber appearing almost Dali-esque through their liquid connection to the ground plane. Today, much of these exterior furnishings have been lost or substantially muted, though Le Goas and Bezon’s structure remains of profound architectural interest within the unique Parisian suburb and beyond.

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