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Groupe Scolaire La Fontaine

This two phase competition proposes to rehabilitate and expand the French School in Fez, called the Groupe Scolaire La Fontaine and integrate a new French Institute. The school, which includes kindergarten, primary school and high school until grade 9th, has been an important institution for over 50 years, acting as an iconic symbol for the city and its region. The importance of the site will now be strengthened by the establishment of the French Institute on the same plot of land, further consolidating the position of the project in the city.

Our entry proposes that both the French Institute and the Groupe Scolaire La Fontaine are tied by a comprehensive design, where each program will be enhanced and magnified.

To do so, we propose to deploy a  new circulation and landscape spine that enables both programs to be organized individually, while allowing for a harmonious relationship between them. This spine manages not only the relationship between each entity of the school and between the school administration and the rest of the school, but also the relationship between the French Institute and the School.  Our proposal manages the porosity between public and private spaces in subtle manner, by creating a clear and rigorous building layout that celebrates the original school masterplan.

Team: Aziza Chaouni, Veronica Gallego Sotelo, Robyn Withwam, Yi Zhang, Jeff Yoo (ACP) | LAPS (Co-project lead), Daniel Xu and Wendy Wang Landscape (Landscape Architects), Luseo (MEP and structural engineer)