Archery Center / Atelier Phileas

Architects: Atelier Phileas (member of PLAN01)
Location: Chennevières-sur-Marne,
Client: Conseil Général du Val-de-Marne
Program: Archery hall, outside shooting field, offices, cloakrooms
Consultant: BETIBA
Constructed Area: 1,600 sqm
Budget: 1.5M Euro + tax (US $1.91M + tax)
Project year: 2005
Photographer: Pauline Turmel

The archery centre of Chennevières-sur-Marne is located in an area of low density in a green setting.
For this reason, we choose to articulate our project around three majors axis:

- The treatment of the outdoor shooting field is completely part of the building:
Its implantation is justified by the need to orientate the outdoor shooting lanes and the targets, north. All the outdoor facilities and, for the most part, the vegetal knoll, are designed like a continuation of the building.

- The setting of the building in the middle of the trees and vegetation:
The construction disperse behind the trees, the natural aspect of the site is preserved.
The offices, glassed-in all story height, benefit of an exceptional surroundings and a privileged view in the trees.

- The design of a large frontage on the Champlain Avenue:
The whole, formed by offices and services, is designed like a line, slowly becoming a signal of the activities of the centre.

The spatial relations between the main three elements of the program are underlined by a play of transparency and the visual connections between the elements. These transparencies are put forward by the sobriety of the frontage, motivated by the budget but also by the sobriety of the sport installation it’s self.
The outside envelopes are equally glassed-in or dressed with a smooth cladding.

The appearance of the interior of the sports hall is monochrome. The entire space is naturally lightened north by sheds on the roof.

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  • http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com Contemporary Art

    This seems like a strangely moody place to practice archery. It’s beautiful, but it seems otherworldly in a way I don’t understand in relationship to the building’s use.

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  • http://uejhb.co.za Juri

    I think this building is great! It is practical with a well thought out lighting solution which is critical to its use.
    Nice work!

  • Maisnon

    For some reason, it reminds me of old computer games. With the floor being a big flat open surface and having a repetitive texture.

    I like it :D but I think the floor would drive me mad haha

  • Richie

    I had to check a few times to make sure these were photos of a built project and not renders. That vivid marbled floor texture is a bit bizarre, I think I’d get a headache if I was standing in that space too long! That main space seems strangely scaleless and unreal with that big unbroken expanse and bleached-out lighting.

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  • http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com Contemporary Art

    The floor plays a big part. It almost has the effect of looking like an ocean; maybe part of what feels so weird is that it approximates the effect of being on a boat in the middle of an ocean. However it’s working, it’s a psychologically charged space, and I’m not sure how that mixes with shooting arrows. Maybe put a few tables and chairs in the middle and it’s a high-end restaurant.

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  • w chen

    As someone who shoots archery outdoors; I would love to try this place or have one built in Toronto.