Projects / Culture

Projects / Culture

Music School and Multimedia Library

Le Plessis-Pâté

Creation of a cultural centre
in a former farm

Ville de Plessis-Pâté Communauté d’agglomération du Val d’Orge
Client advisor
Atelier Cambium + Deshoulières Jeanneau
Design team
SIBAT (structural engineering,MEP, HVAC, QS), Traces (landscape architects), Point d'Orgue (acoustics)
Image credits
Patrick Miara
Le Plessis-Pâté (91), France
Transformation of a farm into a multimedia library and music and dance school
Surface area
Construction costs
4.1M€ pre-tax
2017 – 2021
Essonne Aménagement Exemplaire

A predominantly rural town until the 1970s, Plessis-Pâté developed as an extension of Brétigny-sur-Orge, largely in the form of single-family homes. The Brichard Farm, which the town acquired in 2004, owes its name to the erstwhile castle which it once adjoined. Its redevelopment as a public facility places a significant piece of the town’s heritage at the disposal of its inhabitants. 

The competition, which the firm won in 2010, has redeveloped and expanded some of the farm’s buildings to house a music and dance school, along with a multimedia library. In an echo of the original enclosure with its millstone gables and its roof, the project frees up the façades to emphasise the facility’s public role and to welcome users. The central courtyard has become a site for activities and for people to form bonds with one another. The dance and music spaces are arranged along the forecourt facing the road. 

Surrounded by late twentieth-century single family homes, the Brichard Farm for a long time remained a closed enclave in the centre of Plessis-Pâté

Extrait du plan d’intendance, vers 1780, Archives départementales de l’Essonne, C2/108


Dating back to the seventeenth century, the aristocratic château and French-style garden built according to plans by Le Nôtre were destroyed during the French Revolution. The Brichard Farm next door instead survived. In the twentieth century, rampant urbanization ended up transforming its fields into a fleet of single-family homes. 


The extension was built as a continuation of the barn and its two-pitch roof. It bears a larch cladding in vertical strips. The existing façades were restored; the aerial lime is called “visible stone” because it reveals the rubble masonry.


The complex hosts a performance space with 108 seats, two dance studios on the ground floor, music rooms, and the Alexandre Dumas Multimedia Library.

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