The program for the “Onet-le-Château media library” project in Aveyron, in the heart of rural France, was intended to bring a well-used library into compliance with current standards. The client was concerned with the intrinsic quality of the spaces, supported by simple and rational questions, without preconceptions. We recognised ourselves in this approach to architecture, which was our common ground. Today, after work that was balanced between client and architect, the media library attests to this shared commitment to the city.