Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes

  • 21 Sep 2012
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: Épicuria Architectes
Location: , France
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,452 sqm
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Treated very delicately, this sports equipment, on the periphery of a small town offers an alternative to neighboring semi-detached houses. Its oriental inspired façade is characterized by a concrete net imitating the Moroccan moucharabieh.

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Even though it is implemented in a very urban site, the project revisits the natural motif by creating a “fifth façade” with a planted rooftop and a particular treatment of the concrete base, pierced and transparent, reminding us the roots of a tree shooting out from the ground.

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The monochromatic envelope produces an attractive light and shadows effect on the various volumes, in a vibrating dialogue with the perforation that decorate the perimeter of the building.

South Elevation 01

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  • Robin

    Jessie Owens? Don’t you mean Jesse Owens?

  • Paul Gerhard

    Yes, that’s what I was wondering, but why would a (Gymnasium) building in France be honouring an American track and field athlete?
    There probably is a Jessie Owens somewhere……

  • Ahmed Marzouk

    The use of the white color for the building is very bold especially that it is located in an urban site. Also the addition of the ‘fifth facade’ which is the planted roof contributes greatly to sustainability.

  • Ahlam Saeed

    This project revisits the natural motif with a planted rooftop, also it produces an attractive light and shadows, . I like it^^

  • maria jose

    where can I find information of the constructive system they used ?