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Monconseil Sports Hall / Explorations Architecture

  • Architects: Explorations Architecture
  • Location: 16 Rue Marceau, 37000 Tours, France
  • Architect: Explorations Architecture
  • Design Team: Explorations architecture + Integrale 4 engineers
  • Client: City of Tours
  • Cost: 5m €
  • Area: 2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Michel Denancé

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From the architect. Explorations architecture has just completed the Monconseil sports hall in Tours, 150km southwest of Paris. This public building is exemplary of Explorations’ approach to sustainable design.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

The project emphasis is on natural light, the innovative use of natural materials and renewable energy:

1.The northern facade is fully glazed in order to avoid the use of electrical lighting in the main hall.

2. The composite suspended timber/steel roof spans close to 50m to allow for future uses.

3. The southern facade is clad with a photovoltaic “brise-soleil” in order to reduce energy consumption from the grid.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé
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