The MAAX brick expresses its full potential here. Its long, slender shape elegantly emphasises the building’s horizontal design, thus subtly lightening the unembellished blocks, inspired by the 1930s, in a nod to the French Minister of Education, Jean Zay, who was a contemporary of that period. Recessed joints also accentuate the intrinsic vibrancy of the façade provided by the texture and colour nuances of this hand-moulded model.
The colour here is a warm grey shade, chosen for its neutrality, making it unobtrusive so as to turn the focus on landscaped areas. A harmonious contrast is formed, prompting an unforced dialogue between the terracotta and surrounding vegetation.
A little flight of fancy from the architect proved particularly successful: a traditional Arabic Moucharaby latticework grill effect on the side facing the road, to lighten and enliven the entire building. Children using the fully glazed staircases are therefore protected from onlookers’ gaze, while enjoying the benefit of gentle shafts of light and small lookout points, like so many gun slits in a fortified castle!