A+Architecture wanted to reduce the impact the ADA Lovelace Secondary School has on its environment and at the same time act as an example of how to build within the urban renewal project of the difficult Mas de Mingue district in Nîmes, France.
A+ started with locally sourced Gard stone for the school facade. Low-carbon concrete was insulated with hemp and wood wool. The sun rich roof was fitted with solar panels. Together the implementations gave the school the NoWatt label and silver level BDM certifications.
Future users were involved in the design process through a game and a website managed by Citae. Students were able to visit the building virtually and give feedback about the design.