This is a "sensitive" subject, which has aroused "a certain misunderstanding" and fueled "a controversy", admits Daniel Gibbs about the renovation of the media library at Concordia. “But we had to see what we could keep to find out what we could do about it,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
The result was that the concrete structure was good and thus served as a basis for the Architecte Associé firm to design a new project that had to meet two objectives: "to protect the population and rehabilitate the only socio-educational service in the area". "The primary purpose of the building will be to provide shelter, under optimal safety conditions, to the neighborhood's populations in the event of a hurricane", announces Daniel Gibbs.
The ground floor will also house the Territorial Operational Center of Saint-Martin (COT). The performance hall will be kept and will have a capacity of 190 seats.
Upstairs, the architects have planned a cafeteria with a terrace, rooms for carrying out cultural workshops for children and adults, a Micro Folies cultural space. Finally, the roof will be vegetated; a roof top area will be fitted out and accessible to the public.
The renovation of the building will take place in three stages, the first being that of the demolition which must begin by the end of the year.
Work on the shelter will follow, which should be operational in September 2022. As for the construction of the micro-follies cultural space, it is planned to start in 2022 for delivery in the first quarter of 2023.
The total cost of the site is 4 million euros. (soualigapost.com)