MONTPELLIER – A school for hotel management in Montpellier, France, is a horizontal volume simultaneously boasting mirrored repetition and unique geometric forms. 

Architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas designed the Lycée Hôtelier Georges Frêche structure as a single entity, despite being divided into two main buildings connected through a central courtyard.

The façades are made of a ‘skin’ with 17,000 cases of triangular anodized aluminium pieces, following the curving walls and intersecting forms of walkways. Throughout, 5000 glass windows punctuate the glossy aluminium.  

‘The interaction between the façades reinforces the dynamic tension between the solid materials and the cavities, the light and the shadows which are an inherent part of the project,’ the Fuksas’ say.

In addition to the exterior design, the architectural team was responsible for the interior scheme. In the first building are offices, an exhibit gallery, classrooms and canteen. The second Y-shaped building houses a hotel, three restaurants and classrooms. The two structures are connected by footbridges through a central courtyard.

The project was commissioned by the Languedoc Roussillon Region.

Photos courtesy of Moreno Maggi