The community of Soule Xiberoa villages and the Haute Soule tourist office decided to develop their tourism by transforming the former home of Dr Elisseche in Tardets (64) into a tourist centre for the Soule Valley.
This town house boasts an extraordinary location as it stands right in the village square.
The programme identifies three spaces :
-The ground floor, mainly glass, information space connects right through the building, opening on to an outdoor
terrace leading to a viewpoint looking over the river and the orchard below.
-Administrative premises on the first floor with offices and common areas for group work.
-An exhibition space on the top level, under the restored wooden framework.
The two public entities ( host and scenography ) are visually connected by the porch , triple height table veritable hall of the house. This link is accentuated by the presence of a staircase materializing the relationship between the bottom and the top.
Ultimately the project aims through a rational organization, horizontal and vertical permeability of the building. Visitors are invited to the course without implementing heavy signage.