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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.

Trivaux-Garenne Campus in Clamart, France by Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés – Architectes

 
September 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés – Architectes

ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN POSITION

In the residential neighborhood of the Petit-Clamart, this ambitious project includes schools (two elementary schools and two nursery schools) and large sports complex (dojo, gymnasium, tennis courts, and circulation area). The broad trapezium-shaped terrain extends over 5 hectares and offers the opportunity to reconcile two areas, two period urban fabrics based on very different conceptions.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés – Architectes (Gaëtan LE PENHUEL, Gaëtan MORALES, Cristina FERNANDEZ, Laetitia BIABAUT)
  • Project: Trivaux-Garenne Campus
  • Location: Clamart, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Client: City of Clamart
  • Joint Prime Contractors: VSA (Skins and structure), FACEA (Framework and utilities), ATSL (Landscape architects), ICTEC (Economist), RFR ELEMENTS (HQE), SPOOMS (Kitchen design and installation), GENERAL ACOUSTICS
  • Structural work – Covered enclosure- Technical systems: LEON GROSSE
  • Structure and envelopes: POULINGUE, Cooking facilities: FC2P, Outdoor layout: WATELET TP
  • HQE (High Environmental Quality): Certification NF Commercial buildings, HQE approach
  • Budget: 30.7 M€
  • Floor Area: 13,979 m²
  • Delivery Date: December 2015 – April 2016

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

On the south side, the neighborhood of single-family homes spreads out over relatively small city blocks, presenting a soft and repetitive scale. On the north side, a vast neighborhood of social housing rises from a large-scale covered collective space,  in a uniform alignment of imposing towers.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Between these two antagonistic cityscapes, the scale of the intervention creates a link through architecture that pacifies their discordant relation, creating three transversal accesses, one of which is a central pedestrian street serving the sports facility and the schools.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

PROGRAM

The campus site is comprised of two main units: the sports complex, under a vast and unique metal envelope; and the school complex, protected by a landscaped plaza, and which is composed of four schools and their shared areas – lunchroom, recreation areas, a cultural center, and a multi-purpose hall with a separate entrance.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

SCHOOLS

Four schools, mainly on the ground floor, are spread out under a vast green roof, in an inaccessible area but whose calming presence can be viewed and appreciated by all. This semi-intensive green roof, planted as a “flowering prairie,” also ensures excellent thermal insulation, hygrometric comfort, as well as optimal retention of rain water, thereby reducing runoff from the lot.  Main bearings on this large site consist of volumes cut through this vast ensemble, emerging from the large green cover, creating occasional double height areas, areas of respiration, and openings toward the sky while also signaling the particular elements of the program located on the first floor.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

SPORTS COMPLEX

The sports complex is a landscape/building composed of supple curves. Iimagined as a genuine sports city, its undulating standing seam aluminum envelope also meets the strict technical and aesthetic requirements for design. Touching the ground on its north and south façades, it protects the urban environment from noise pollution.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

TIMBER STRUCTURE

The geometric complexity of the structure and the roof present interesting technical challenges. These led the architects to make the ambitious and original choice of utilizing cross-laminated timber for the roof’s complex wide span framework, thereby offering the possibility of making large-scale curved box girders.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

The framework obtained with these large-scale girders creates a cover of approximately 40m x 100m extending from north to south, and joining the ground at either end where the roof gradually becomes the façade.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

LANDSCAPED CAMPUS

The soft and supple outline of the campus creates a new and calm landscape open to its environment. The site as a whole expresses the qualities of a program that organizes shared spaces and shared uses. Thanks to its urban, social and educative characteristics, the program aims to enhance the well-being of the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés - Architectes

Image Courtesy © Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés – Architectes

Image Courtesy © Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés - Architectes

Image Courtesy © Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés – Architectes

Image Courtesy © Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés - Architectes

Image Courtesy © Gaëtan Le Penhuel & Associés – Architectes

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