Light that complements architecture and design

Simone Veil Group of Schools, Colombes | FR

Pink and orange paintwork is a striking feature of the Simone Veil Group of Schools, designed by French architects Dominique Coulon & associés. The wooden facade and contrasting colours create a joyous chaos while playing with light. A high-quality lighting solution from Zumtobel further supports the architectural concept of the building.

Zumtobel lights up the Simone Veil Group of Schools in Colombes
The wooden facade and contrasting colours od the Simone Veil Group of Schools create a joyous chaos while playing with light. © Eugeni Pons

The Simone Veil Group of Schools in Colombes, a suburb located ten kilometres northwest of the centre of Paris, represents a structural element in the urban composition of a new eco-neighbourhood. The complex hosts a 12-classroom primary school and a 9-room nursery, alongside a canteen, library and a bright orange sports hall – all spread out over three levels.

The staggered blocks are clad in rustic bark-covered batons, while deep recesses in the facades are highlighted with pink and orange paintwork that attracts the light and reflects it back. Dominique Coulon & associés carried on this theme throughout the whole building, using blocks of contrasting paintwork to decorate corridors, playgrounds and roof-top gardens, as well as the sports hall. The introverted courtyard offers a glimpse of the multi-coloured playground, which is designed to appear like a separate artificial universe.

Zumtobel lights up the Simone Veil Group of Schools in Colombes
Dominique Coulon & associés used blocks of contrasting paintwork to decorate corridors. © Eugeni Pons

The lighting solution by Zumtobel fits perfectly with the unique style of the building. The challenge was to support the architectural design with the right light. The luminaires, which are mainly integrated into the concrete ceilings, had to be durable, discreet and efficient, while at the same time providing high-quality light.

Zumtobel lights up the Simone Veil Group of Schools in Colombes
The challenge was to support the architectural design with the right light. © Eugeni Pons

With LINARIA and SLOTLIGHT infinity, Zumtobel illuminates the classrooms, corridors and courtyard of the school. Both light lines represent an elegant and architecturally sophisticated solution for the circulation areas. The PANOS infinity LED downlight for functional and architectural illumination highlights the entrance hall. These modular luminaires create the right lighting effect in any environment, satisfying every standard and guaranteeing the highest level of system efficiency.

Simple geometries and clear edges characterise the timeless appearance of the ONDARIA fittings that adorn the canteen, enhancing the architecture without detracting from the interior styling. To ensure optimum energy savings, the LUXMATE and LITENET lighting management solutions from Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS) take advantage of the natural daylight available.

The design of the school avoids all types of repetition. The light, the materials used and even the traffic routes create micro-events. The bright colours and individual elements combine to transform the space and create a place for true educational stimulation. The unique architectural look of the Simone Veil School Group in Colombes earned Dominique Coulon & associé an AIT-Award 2018 in the Education category.

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Zumtobel lights up the Simone Veil Group of Schools in Colombes
The unique architectural look of the Simone Veil School Group in Colombes earned Dominique Coulon & associé an AIT-Award 2018 in the Education category. © Eugeni Pons