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Music School Louviers – Opus 5 Architects – Normandy, France – Glass Extension

I have been researching buildings that have had a glass extension added to them as I am considering using glass as a material for the extension of my building, (maybe combined with other materials). I would like to add a possibly a more modern extension to it, so it was important to look at what other architects have produced. I intend to look at a few buildings to see different architectural examples and implementations of glass additions and extensions.

View from the Exterior

This historic stone building was originally built in Normandy, France in 1646 and served as a monastery, church, prison and tribunal prior to its transformation into a music school in 1990. The modern glass extension to the building was designed by Opus 5 Architects who were tasked with removing the prison elements from the building without compromising or overwhelming the old structure with the new modern one.

The result of the design is a series of highly reflective surfaces in the form of reflective glass and concrete panels that blend in with the original stone materials and complementing them perfectly. The reflective surfaces almost multiply the original architecture of the building.

View from the Interior

(Photograph’s property of ArchDaily)


I really like this architecture project as I like the idea of using reflective surfaces to flood parts of my chosen building with as much natural light as possible, however I do not want the building to overheat as my extension will be south facing. Therefore, I will need to look at other materials to use in combination with the glass.

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