The Swankiest Hotel Management School in France, Naturally

Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have completed The Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management in Montepellier, France. The project has been called “experimental” for its triangular shaped aluminum façade and for the use of reinforced concrete. Both materials have been adapted in order to be able to adopt specific shapes – curved and fluid – as required by the structure. Comprised of two curvy cast-concrete buildings connected by footbridges over a central courtyard, the fluid and geometric building is covered in anodized aluminum triangles and 5,000 unique triangular windows. The Georges-Freche school includes classrooms, offices and accommodation for students and staff (75 student rooms and 10 management apartments) as well as a hotel, gym and three restaurants that are open to the public. Photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the first building (multi-purpose room, exhibition gallery, administrative offices, classrooms, canteen) and also on the roof of the management apartments. Built on 3.95 acres in the ZAC Port Marianne area east of Montpellier, the contemporary structure transforms the landscape providing the area with a distinct urban identity.

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