Gennevilliers’ Vocational Training Center provides vocational education revolving around wood, carpentry and elevator manufacture and repair.
The very long shape of the land and the proximity of the railway lines were a major factor in designing the building that stretches for over 100 meters.
The volume shape is formed by two parallel bands with asymmetrical roofs, two “naves” of varying length and separated from each other by a central gap.
On the ground floor of the first band are the lobby, an exhibition space, the carpentry workshop on the mezzanine the library, then on the first floor, the administration offices, the recreation yard and the gymnasium on the south side.
The second band houses the elevator workshops, wood assembly, and there are classrooms on the first floor. Between the two is a suspended volume that opens in corridors onto workshops and cloakrooms.
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