Located in Cayenne, French Guiana, Guyane’s Memory Center was designed by D3 architectes. Comprised of three layers – a double concrete skin, a wooden skin and a ‘protecting’ slatted skin – the amenities are arranged in a circular ring around a central storage core. In the centre of the complex is a compact Silo where the archives are stored, protected from an excess of temperature and humidity by a double concrete skin. Circling this store are the main facilities, including offices, workshops, a reception, and reading and education rooms, ensuring all space is used in the most economical way.
A tall thin void stretches between the wooden and concrete skins, providing an additional space for socialising or informal meetings. It also adds a new level of scenery – a key focus in the concept behind Guyane’s Memory Center where physical and symbolic elements are intended to merge seamlessly.