Paris-based Du Besset-Lyon has converted a 1930s medical facility, which was used to treat patients with long-term illnesses, into a new school of architecture in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand.
France’s Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, which operates 20 architecture schools around the country, invited the studio to redesign the building which is protected under heritage regulations.
The building that previously housed the sanatorium was retained and its inner structure bolstered with a steel frame. On the north side, the architects added an extension that contains auditoriums, exhibition spaces, a library and a cafeteria.
The sanitorium was designed to give its patients as much access to the open air and countryside as possible.
Photography by Axel Dahl.