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.
241 Sports center Hector Berlioz Vincennes in France by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
May 9th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Program: Restructuration of the sport center Hector Berlioz, gym, Mindren hall for martial arts, Burgeat hall for boxing, fitness room, judo, basketball, storage, cloakrooms and entrance hall.
The challenge was to change the old indoor swimming pool from the 60th to a modern multi-sport facility with shared use for the denizen of Vincennes and pupils of the high school next door.
The solution consists in creating a real “showcase” for sportive activities by designing a glass base on topped by a copper cladded volume.
The copper skin adds depth and gives the building a lighter and more elegant look. As time goes by, its colour changing into green, the building will assimilate the “language” of the planted wall shared on the west, also present through the green roof of the complex.
A solution had to be found in order to “announce” the equipment from the very extremity of the pathway where the entry is situated, as well as to highlight its functional diversity in the middle of the surrounding buildings. The centres visibility is strengthened through the design of the pathway leading to its entry. A red coating with white lines let one think of a running race track and invite to discover the glazed façade of the entrance telling the inhabitants of Vincennes “Let’s be sport”.
The glazed ground floor base illuminates at night creating an effect of transparencies that make the copper volume seem to float on top.
The building represents an important new sport equipment for the denizen of Vincennes, comprising specific halls for different sport clubs of the city. Sport can be practiced under the best conditions insured by natural lighting as well as efficient ventilation and acoustic treatment.
The design of the building is a resolutely contemporary showcase with its glazed base and the copper cladded volume on top of it. Perforated copper as a noble and sustainable maintenance-free material, will not be treated and due to oxidation change his appearance over the years. The cladding is fixe except on the glazed parts of the judo hall on level +1, where adjustable panels are integrated. The transparency of cladding invigorates the facadeand let the building seem lighter.
From the very extremity of the pathway the building is visible due to a glazed vertical volume including the principal staircase. The wall, accompanying the ‘running race track’ leading to the public entrance is planted with 4 m high bamboo and leaves enough space for a vehicle to pass.
The single entry given onto the pathway allows a centred distribution of the different levels optimizing thus the functioning of the equipment. The transparency of the glazed base is carried on inside the building with the lobby that offers a direct view to the gym. This generous lobby and waiting area is protected from drafts by the airlock at the entrance. The central position of the reception allows the monitoring of flow in the building.
Beside the central staircase, a single generously dimensioned elevator (1000 kg) guaranties accessibility to all levels for handicapped persons. Additional exterior metal stairs in the east and one interior stair in the north correspond to the need of evacuation of the public.
The connections (ways) between the halls (sport facilities) are short and easily understandable. Each level has its own reception area thanks to the enlargement of the corridors. The cloakrooms are situated right next to the different halls and respond to a simple geometrical design.
All the halls are designed for competition activities.
The gym and the box training hall on -1 are naturally lit by a continuous range of windows oriented to the pathway. A zenithal window tape on the maintenance free green roof provides additional natural light to the 2 halls. The judo training hall is situated towards the courtyard of the high-school and equally equipped with large windows in the upper part.
On the first floor are situated the judo hall with 2 tatamis and a fully equipped fitness room combined with changing facilities, showers and some small offices dedicated to the administrative staff of the sport clubs.
The second floor is entirely occupied by the basketball hall.A floating oak sport parquet covers the floor. The storage for sport material is separated from the sport field by wooden wall bars.
Natural balanced light is provided by sheds integrated in the roof.Covered with double glazed windows they allow the evacuation of hot air in summer and prevent the hall from overheating.On the last two ranges of sheds 10 solar panels are fixed supporting the heating and warm water production of the building.
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Category: Sports Centre