Combas is an architectural practice based in Nice, France. Presented here is a new juvenile detention facility built in Marseille.
The studio was selected for the project following a competition organised by the country’s Ministry of Justice, which sought proposals capable of promoting rehabilitation and education. “In the kind of context where security requirements often take precedence over the quality of interior spaces, this project for an educational detention centre for minors was inspired by a strong desire to create a counterpoint,” explained the architects.
In order to create warm and cosy atmosphere, the team of Combat decided to use muted material palette of natural stone and board-marked concrete. The complex is formed by a large U-shape and arranged entirely on one level. The interior features textured concrete which has been left exposed. “The use of rough materials allows for the interplay of sobriety and a stripped down look to provide a warm and robust educational context,” pointed out the team of Combas.