Text description provided by the architects. Urban design:
Access to the Multisports Hall is made in direct connection with the "Esplanade de la Liberté".
This positioning of the entrance allows the integration of the Hall with all existing facilities around the "Esplanade de la Liberté" : the Jean Rondeau gymnasium, the town hall and the multipurpose hall.
Positioned as a direct extension of the Jean Rondeau gymnasium, the Multisports Hall has a double north-south orientation, ideal for optimal sunlight.
The surroundings have been designed as a continuation of the Hall having the objective of adaptation to pedestrian flows and revegetation of a site with a strong mineral character. The geometries of the surroundings reflect the features of the project.
Unbuilt areas of the site have been preserved as open ground and additional planted areas have been integrated. A planted valley has been established to optimize the infiltration of rainwater and accentuate the landscaped character of the plot.
This coherent whole is obtained by achieving continuity in height and a refined connection between the existing gymnasium and Multisports Hall.
In order to contrast with the opaque, sequenced look of the Jean Rondeau gymnasium, the new project is imagined as a gentle continuity of it.
The refined and crystalline Hall Space emerges from a low register that integrates the secondary premises and aligns at the high level of the galleries of the Jean Rondeau gymnasium.
The roof of this link is made accessible, and is imagined as an external meeting place common to both buildings.
The lobby, with its glass facade is clearly identifiable. It is preceded by a porch in direct relation to the "Esplanade de la Liberté" which marks the transition between the gymnasium and the new Hall. The lobby is a unifying space in a visual and functional relationship with the existing gym, multi-sports hall and locker area.
A designed structure, a dynamic image:
A glulam structure coated with a metal cladding is woven around the translucent polycarbonate box which makes up the volume of the hall. This process is used to give a look that is both simple and refined, but also dynamic, thanks to the design of the structure. Polycarbonate facades, with their reflective character, allow the building to evolve constantly.
Changes in light during the day generate changing colors, moving reflections, and a dynamic character.
A bright interior atmosphere, calm and warm:
The glulam structure gives the Multisports Hall a warm ambience. Vertical beams extend to the ceiling by the laying of wooden trim of the same of material, which is attached to the rafters. The north side, being very open, allows one to enjoy a diffuse light throughout the day.
The placement of clear glass in the lower part allows a visual relationship with the sports field. At the south facade, the base is made opaque to avoid glare problems for players. Polycarbonate facades are treated with an anti-glare matte finish for an even luminosity.
The polycarbonate facade turns western facade in order to ensure continuity of the space and to avoid the appearance of a gable wall for the houses nearby. At the eastern facade of the hall, a glazed frame is integrated with polycarbonate panels to create a visual relationship between the gym and designed terrace.