The project consists of the construction of an extension of a Specialized Reception Center built by the Agency, which can accommodate 40 adults with autistic disorders and other pervasive developmental disorders. The agency’s experience in the construction of this type of structure leads it to identify the particularities induced by the type of handicap of the residents in order to create a “benevolent” architecture. Each living unit corresponds to a level of each pavilion, in order to reinforce the domestic and warm scale and thus avoid the institutional image of the establishment. The facades are clad in wood in relation to the surrounding Wooded Classified Space. In order to reinforce the daily rhythms, independent buildings strongly mark the action of going out and going to the activity rooms and the catering, like the daily rhythm of the working people who go to their place of work.

Strong points

  • Strong materialization of the limits of interior spaces by an architecture adapted to the type of handicap (creation of an environment “friendly” to the resident, adapted to his perception of the environment)
  • Creation of living units per pavilion, to promote the location of the resident (“home” materialized on an intimate scale)
  • Design integrating the quality of use (development areas defined according to the residents’ handicap)
  • Mono-orientation of parts
  • Very efficient room acoustics (insulation and reverberation); particularly important point in the daily life of residents
  • Muted colors of the premises declining a rich chromatic range favoring the identification of living units and different types of premises (bright and too light colors are prohibited)


  • The HQE approach of this operation was guided by the regional HQE specifications for “social, medico-social and health establishments” of the Regional Council.