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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Gymnasium Régis Racine in Drancy, France by Atelier d’Architecture Alexandre Dreyssé

 
January 23rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier d’Architecture Alexandre Dreyssé

The gymnasium Regis Racine is situated in Drancy north east Paris. The program of this building includes: an indoor sports hall 22 meters long and 44 meters large, a dance hall, a space for local associations and dressing rooms for teams and referees. It was designed for pupils of schools and colleges of the city of Drancy area, local associations and sports clubs. The sport hall was optimized for basketball regional competitions.

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  • Architect: Atelier d’Architecture Alexandre Dreyssé
  • Project: Gymnasium Régis Racine
  • Location: Drancy, France
  • Project Director: Alexandre Dreyssé
  • Architectural Assistant: Sébastien Muller, Tuan Do
  • Client: Ville de Drancy
  • Engineers: Betom Ingénierie
  • Structural Wood Engineers: Tec Bois
  • Environmental Engineers: Cap Terre
  • Project Area 1 581 m²
  • Budget: Euro 2.2M
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographer: Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

The project was built in a complex and very enclosed residential area, 75% of the project boundary is situated in the limit of the site, therefore no openings on the facade are permitted, the gymnasium have been designed including this following constraints:

  • Integrating a dense program into a very limited space;
  • Limit the height in order to ease the integration and perception of the building into the residential surrounding, especially houses whose gardens overlook the building;
  • Keep the building process ongoing without intervening on the surrounding areas;
  • Insure a maximum of natural illumination despite a 75% opaque facade;
  • Create a quality inward looking spaces.

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

The building is 90 meters long and is divided into two parts:

  • A large wooden nave, the sports hall, its curved roof is used to limit the height of the facades in relation with the surrounding houses. This part of the building is illuminated by a large glazing poly carbonate system on roof.
  • A second one level part beside includes: the dressing rooms, services and the dance hall.

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Wood, as the preferred material, was used in three different ways in order to create a specific and poetic ambiance to each space:

  • Wooden structure of the sports hall: in continuous crossed arcs-columns made of laminated timbers; the rhythm created structures the illuminated parts of the roof.
  • Wooden structure of the hall: arches and exposed battens.
  • Wooden structure of the dance hall panels forming rectangular boxes.

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Environmental optimization:

  • Use of sustainable and natural materials;
  • Increasing natural lighting;
  • Dual flow ventilation system;
  • High performance gas condensing boiler;
  • Low temperature radiators;
  • Infrared lighting systems;
  • System of rainwater collection for watering green spaces.

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

Image Courtesy Clément Guillaume

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