Library of the Hôtel-Dieu de Clermont by Stanton Williams

Library of the Hôtel-Dieu de Clermont by Stanton Williams

    Stanton Williams
Exterior view from @Forbes Massie Reading Park

The Hôtel-Dieu in Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) will be renovated and converted into a library by London architect Stanton Williams. On an area of ​​9,571 square metres, there are six thematic centers and a forum. Total cost of the operation: 84 million euros (TDC). Expected delivery at the end of 2025 / beginning of 2026; Opening to the public in 2026. Press release from the project owner.

Designed by the London architectural firm Stanton Williams associated with Clermont-Ferrand MTa (Marcillon Thuilier Architectes), this institution fills a significant space deficit across the entire urban public reading network, particularly in Clermont-Ferrand city centre.

The project consists of rehabilitating the building Dijonthe oldest Hôtel-Dieu, was built in the 1770s and is included in the Supplementary List of Historical Monuments.


6 thematic centers, 1 forum…

Completely renovated and enhanced, its three heritage pavilions will feature six large thematic centers of over 2,362 square meters to satisfy all audiences: Heritage & Territory, Children, Families, Arts, Languages ​​& Civilizations, Science, Leisure & Society, Literature, Music & Images. . This institution will house the existing Judd and Heritage libraries. Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, video games… Rich and varied collections will be offered to visitors, who will be able to take advantage of numerous reading and working spaces.

In the center, there will be an annex dedicated to reception and cultural discovery, including a relaxation area, a 200-seat amphitheater, an exhibition hall and a space for digital and video games.

This double-height forum will be the centerpiece of this new equipment. It will extend down the grand stone staircase. Due to its transparent architecture, it aims to create connections between earth and sky, books and men, buildings and gardens, the historic city and the Puy-de-Dôme on the horizon. Its architecture and glass structure will stimulate dialogue and discovery by promoting openness.

View top of forum @Picture Plane

Clermont Auvergne Métropole wanted to put environmental goals at the heart of the design principles for this construction. The architectural project places at the center of the project the different elements that enhance well-being in the building: natural light, outdoor views, healthy atmosphere, quality of use and thermal comfort.

Therefore, the roof will be partially glazed to allow an optimal balance between natural lighting and heat transfer to the outside. Likewise, the facade glazing is designed to reduce heat loss, and the solar protection of the west will reduce direct radiation. Ventilation, heating and cooling systems are distinguished by their performance and low consumption.

    Stanton Williams
Read Garden View @MOZ

A reading garden with an area of ​​3,651 square meters

To enhance the presence of nature in the city, the Metropolitan Library will have a large reading garden in the classified wooded area, which extends to Avenue Charles de Gaulle. Here the old historical fountain, which staff and patients still remember, will be recreated. This new 3,651 square meter lush green space will serve as a cool urban island during hot weather. 51 existing trees have been preserved, and 30 more will be planted.

« The Hôtel-Dieu is deeply invested in the memory and stories of its successive occupants. Its heritage architecture, composition, spaces, material, deep layers and details express its original function and are highly appreciated in this regard. Our approach to Dijon’s historic building is one of great care and reverence, in the hope that its past will be revived and its voluminous evidence restored. “, explains architect Stanton Williams.

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