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Gymnase CREPS / Laurens & Loustau Architectes

  • Architects: Laurens & Loustau Architectes
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Architects: Laurens & Loustau Architects
  • Project Team: Marc Laurens, Pierre Loustau
  • Engineer: Ingerop Sud-Ouest
  • Client: Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports
  • Area: 2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

From the architect. The former indoor tennis court has been stripped then covered anew with a whole envelope, composed of a unique two coloured material: gold metallic cladding moulds the existing volumes whereas the same black material underlines  the new elements of the project. The cover lifts up owing to 4 discontinued lines letting in a diffuse and constant overhead natural lighting.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

The new entrance slips under the South-West angle , progressively getting off the ground in order to gently welcome visitors; The envelope enfolds on the North facade and wide openings have been cut out in order to create a weight_lifting room largely opening on the park. The continuity of the envelope gives the building a visual unity emphasizing the harmonious correspondance between architecture and natural environment.

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
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