The mission of the Institut Saint Pierre, founded in 1917 on the beach of Palavas-les-Flots by the organisation L’Œuvre Montpelliéraine des Enfants de la Mer (OMEM), is to welcome and treat sick children. It accommodates children aged six to 16 suffering from motor difficulties and hearing problems. In 1995, an architectural competition was launched to construct a new building, destined to replace the existing facilities ill-adapted to modern treatment methods.
The project makes maximum use of the exceptional location of the site, right on the seafront. With its hacienda-coloured courtyard, terraces and timber pergolas, the institute forms a U along the coast. While increasing the length of facade, this form turns the bedrooms towards the sea and favours rooms looking on to one another to encourage children out of their isolation. The bedrooms area stretches outside onto large terraces, accessible to all, where children can install their beds and meet up with friends. Inside, fluid circulation facilitates shared activities between treatments, leisure and schooling.
Renovation and construction of a new building with 155 beds, rooms, technical platform, balneotherapy, rehabilitation, audiology, radiology, walking tracks, kitchen, restaurant, 10 classrooms
Œuvre Montpelliéraine des Enfants à la Mer (OMEM)
Brunet Saunier Architecture
Jacobs (technical services consultant and construction economist), Péna & Peña (landscape expert), Sabine Rosant (signage designer)
Jean-Michel Reynier (competition and studies project manager), Christophe Kuntz (construction project manager) and Jacques Lévy-Bencheton, Federico Masotto, Lionel Renouf
371 avenue de l’Évêché de Maguelone 34250 Palavas-les-Flots