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University restaurant in Metz, France
© Gregory Tachet

Ceramic sun shade as an aesthetic and functional solution

Located in a green belt, the Metz’In, the university restaurant at the Metz Technopôle (France), appears to rise out of its natural environment. It can accommodate nearly 500 guests and serve as many as 1,200 meals per day. Owing to its location at the centre of three engineering schools, the Metz’In was the subject of a particularly meticulous architectural concept – made with Wienerberger ceramic façade panels.

Aiming to combine a futuristic approach with the integration into the landscape in their design concept for the Metz‘In, KL Architectes focused on simple materials and played with light by installing a ceramic sun shade system. The philosophy of a perfect combination of building and landscape is excellently expressed in this project. Benoît Corneux, one of the practice‘s ten architects, confirms the basic tenets on which the building is constructed: “Aware of having to deal with an audience of engineers very susceptible to architectural identity and with our overriding concern for an integration into the landscape, we designed this building to comply with energy efficiency standards, like a natural rise in the surrounding plain. With its façade growing straight out of the ground and a blend of simple and natural materials: wooden framework, green roof and terracotta.”

University restaurant in Metz, France
© Gregory Tachet
University restaurant in Metz, France
© Gregory Tachet

Sophisticated play with light

The layout of the ceramic sun shade plays an essential role. This “double skin”, the lower section of which is mobile, makes it possible to play with light according to the time of day and the time of year. It helps to break up the sunlight and optimises the brightness in the dining hall, whilst it still affords views to the surrounding area. “Choosing terracotta is also, for us, a guarantee of durability. In addition, the “natural red” beautifully blends in with the surrounding greenery”, explains the architect. It provides excellent protection against the weather vagaries, as well as against impacts or other damage. Each element can be replaced individually, which is a huge advantage.

University restaurant in Metz, France
© Gregory Tachet
Facts
  • Project name
    New build University Restaurant in Metz, France
  • Architect
    KL Architectes
  • Used products

    Argeton Barro sun shade natural red

University restaurant in Metz, France

Façade panels

Argeton Barro sun shade natural red