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“Marseille is one of the sunniest cities in France and is also by the sea,” says Adrian Garcin, lead architect and CEO of French studio TAUTEM Architecture, “so it has a very particular light that we were influenced by in this project.” He’s discussing the recently completed Antoine de Ruffi School, a 4,150-square-metre complex comprising a nursery and elementary school in the new Euroméditerranée district of the southern French city.

Designed by his Montpellier-based practice alongside Paris agency Bmc2, the sprawling concrete building houses (among other things) 22 classrooms for children aged three to 11 and features alluring geometries, brutalist as well as Mediterranean references and monolithic volumes that ground the...

In Marseille, a Sprawling School Embodies its Post-Industrial Context

Mixing brutalist and Mediterranean references with a sustainable ethos, the Antoine de Ruffi school by TAUTEM Architecture and Bmc2 is a child-friendly civic wonder.

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