The multi-functional sports hall is timber-frame constructed with straw insulation and forms a neighborhood hub in the heart of Bon Lait, an urban development area in the Lyonnais district of Gerland. The hall is available to both the primary and secondary schools as well as to local clubs and sports enthusiasts, and is a social meeting place for the locals throughout the week. The allocation plan consists of a triple gym for various ball sports and a training hall for martial arts, dance and gymnastics. The surrounding area is very diversified and features a dense development of predominantly four- to five-story residential buildings with recessed attic levels. Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten and Tekhnê Architectes decided to work within this context towards a simple building shape that opens up to the square with an urban balcony ("loggia urbaine"). This form creates a connection between the public area and the interior of the hall, thus stimulating the interaction between indoors and outdoors. With a homogeneous shell of pre-grayed larch wood battens and generous glazing, the sports hall stands out boldly from the environment. Through its simplicity, it also emphasizes its function as a low-threshold, available-to-all communal infrastructure. The outer shape of the box – which at first sight is simple – is deceptive, however.
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