Albert Camus Multimedia Library / de-so - France

Architects: de-so
Location: Évry, France
Architect In Charge: Olivier Souquet, François Defrain
Collaborators: Youngsong Park, Matthieu Janand, P. Reynes
Area: 2,710 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

The Albert Camus Multimedia Library and the Albert Magnard Conservatory are the result of exploration into a building’s filters, skin and volume. The mineral exterior skin references the color and patterns of Sumerian Cuneiform script on clay tablets – one of humanity’s first known systems of writing. The façade’s texture rustles like foliage and filters the exterior light.