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Vanille Gymnasium / Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects + CTV Architects

  • 02:00 - 15 March, 2018
Vanille Gymnasium / Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects + CTV Architects
Vanille Gymnasium / Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects + CTV Architects, © Salem Mostefaoui
© Salem Mostefaoui

© Maxime Delvaux Courtesy of Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects Courtesy of Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects © Salem Mostefaoui + 33

Text description provided by the architects. In a text which written in 2001 entitled The Default Aesthetic,Vanilla flavored beauty, the artist Etienne Cliquet, defines the bases of a new aesthetic appeared on the Internet of the relation between man and machine. It shows itself in the form of oldfashioned, simple interfaces, result of a collaboration man / computer in which the design is totally absent. Indeed, the established dialogue can be only pragmatic, the machine lacking any shape of sensibility.

© Maxime Delvaux
© Maxime Delvaux

"Vanilla" sends back to the favorite flavor of the ice creams of the Americans. It is considered as the taste by default, the one that we choose naturally to satisfy the largest number. We like it by default …

Courtesy of Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects
Courtesy of Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects

An internet platform as indexhibit, for instance, illustrates perfectly this said characteristic "vanilla": in spite of a total absence of elements of design, an esthetic by default extremely attractive radiates from the minimalism, the simplicity of use with the visible tree diagram.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

In the project of Villefranche de Lauragais's Gymnasium and more generally in the works of the agency, esthetics by default also radiates from our architecture thanks to its pragmatism. We try to avoid at the most the pitfall of meaning, full of imagery architecture. The interest is somewhere else: in the generosity of spaces, in the creation of a variety of spaces, in the changeable climatic or bright qualities.

© Maxime Delvaux
© Maxime Delvaux

If we take the definition of an interface: "layer limits between two elements by which take place exchanges and interactions", it resounds as a possible definition of the architecture.

© Maxime Delvaux
© Maxime Delvaux

So the architecture of a gymnasium is the constructed interface which allows the body to carry out sports activities. The echo works.

© Salem Mostefaoui
© Salem Mostefaoui

Thus the interface proposed for Villefranche de Lauragais's gymnasium claims its filiation with the aesthetic described in its article by Etienne Cliquet. The gymnasium draws its esthetics from the precise assembly of rough materials and not configured. The visible technical and structural elements participate in the organization of the space, in its harmony in the same way as a visible tree diagram participates in it in contemporary computing interfaces.

© Salem Mostefaoui
© Salem Mostefaoui

During the competition, we tried hard to answer with the same pragmatism the questions lifted by the program. The gymnasium is on a sloping ground, in the joint of several other equipment, a track, a parking lot and a high school. The architectural bias by aligning the various playgrounds creates a big overhanging square, so assuring connection and coherence between the various equipment of the zone.

© Maxime Delvaux
© Maxime Delvaux

The proposed aesthetic and the simple but radical interpretation of the program contribute to give to this project a taste of Vanilla architecture in which we recognize ourselves.

© Maxime Delvaux
© Maxime Delvaux

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Cite: "Vanille Gymnasium / Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects + CTV Architects" 15 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/890222/vanille-gymnasium-raphael-betillon-et-guillaume-freyermuth-architects-plus-ctv-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Salem Mostefaoui

“香草味”体育馆 / Raphaël Betillon et Guillaume Freyermuth Architects + CTV Architects

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