In Montpellier, a hospice brownfield is transformed into a research centre

IMAGES. After ten years of a project of reconversion heavy, the second tranche of the campus Saint-Charles to the University Paul Valéry in Montpellier has been delivered in spring 2017. The architect Brigitte Hellin reminds us of the major steps of the project.
A conversion is meticulous, to the central aisle of a building arched and very narrow. After you have completed the first phase of works in 2011, Hellin-Sebbag was delivered in April 2017, the second tranche also called “the wing of the “Incurable” of the campus Saint-Charles in Montpellier built in a former hospice dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.


How to articulate the ancient and the contemporary ?


“In the centre of Montpellier, hôpital Saint-Charles was disused since 1998, reminds us of the architect Brigitte Hellin, in charge of the project with Hilda Sebbag agency Hellin-Sebbag Architectes, based in Paris and Montpellier. The challenge was daunting : how to articulate the ancient and the contemporary ?” It was indeed a program of a conversion of a former hospital registered on the supplementary Inventory of historic monuments.


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