Palais des Sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture

  • 20 Nov 2012
  • Selected Works Sports Architecture
© Georges Fessy

Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Rouen,
Structure: Khephren Engeniering
Fluids: Alto Ingénierie
Economist: RPO
Acoustic And Lighting: Jean-Paul Lamoureux
Client: La Crea
Site Area: 31,500 sqm
Area: 17,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Georges Fessy, Final Cad

© Georges Fessy

The functions are very clearly distinguished. Sports areas are situated in the central part of the building, the reception space is in the south wing of the building along the Lillebonne Street and the administrative and services areas in the north wing. There are two sports halls with flexible seating capacity for up to 6 000 and 864 people respectively.

© Georges Fessy

Main sports hall : 4 400 m2 Audience capacity 5 650 (for Basket ball configuration) maximum audience capacity 6 000 (for Boxing configuration).

© Georges Fessy

Sports annex : 2 400 m2 Secondary gym space, maximum audience capacity 864 audience annex : 2 200 m2 Ticket office, shops, refreshment area, infirmary, etc. annex to sporting facilities : 1 300 m2 Meeting rooms, changing rooms, antidoping room, infirmary and massage room, offices for trainers and referees.


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Cite: "Palais des Sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture" 20 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Nick T

    Wow that is a really terrible design for a sports arena. All the corner seats just face into the side of adjacent stands. They even highlight the issue in their main internal image! Are they proud of it or just not aware?

    A quick estimate i would say 22×12 in each corner x4, that’s 1056 spectators that aren’t facing the pitch, just other people in the stands. Approximately 15% of all spectators in the arena aren’t facing the game.

    Why not sacrifice the clean lines, loose a few seats and fillet the corners, so that people face the game…..