The Place Pompidou in Mauriac, capital of the Cantal, a small sub-prefecture of the formerAuvergne region, currently has a very rigid layout presided over by the Monument to the Dead of
the First World War, and is a space saturated by vehicular parking.However, due to the elements that comprise it, much potential exists for it to become a place of urban and architectural quality.
In fact, the square is made up of an important Romanesque church, the Basilica of Notre Dame des Miracles; the Town Hall, a neoclassical building from the first half of the 19th century; a set of houses of medieval origin, including a Romanesque one from the 12th century; and the remains of a monastery destroyed during the French Revolution that occupies one side of the square.But beneath the monastery are also the ruins of its church, which once faced the basilica.
The design seeks to showcase this whole set of elements thatphysically constitute the history of the square, also bringing tolight the layout of the ruins and introducing a fountain. This willhave a contemporary and urban style, and will coordinate thetopography of the square, with the water flowing on two levels.On its upper level, the fountain will form a continuous bench thatwill serve as a limit and a background to the central platform ofthe square.
The paving, differentiated by its connections to the differentstages of construction of the square—from the Middle Ages tothe 19th century—will be made up of the "calade", a pavementcharacteristic of the Middle Ages, which will be located aroundthe basilica, among the ruins of the monastery, and surroundingthe new fountain, while the large regular stone slabs, typical of
neoclassical pavement, will be located in the area around theTown Hall. A pavement composed of irregular slabs and a benchthat will "extrude" the remains of the church layout will revive thememory of the missing building within the space. The Town Hall ishighlighted by an elevated platform of large slabs, marked by theplanting of a tree that will eventually become anotherparticipantin the square.
1. Fountain- Volcanic stone.
2. Paving around the basilica- Calade pavement characteristic of the Middle Ages.
3. Paving around the Town Hall- Large regular stone slabs, typical ofneoclassical pavement.
4. Remains of the church- A pavement composed of irregular slabs and a bench.