The Guillaume Tirel High School for teaching the hotel trade is located on Paris’ Boulevard Raspail in the Montparnasse district. The building is synonymous with its site, for in its way it expresses the relationship between the place and the city.
The dormitory accommodations were built a few years later on the rue Campagne Première. A transition more than a clean break between the two buildings had to be made. The link with the high school is made by a hollow volume and a cladding of creased polished steel while passing towards the street scale modulates to a more domestic vocabulary based on working with the vertical window and its sliding, brushed stainless-steel shutters.
Although the use of metal recalls the high school’s frames, the random placing of the shutters demonstrates a mathematical disorder that differentiates it from the even pattern of the school. It slides imperceptibly to another system that is, on the whole, autonomous yet dependent.