PôLe Simone Veil

PôLe Simone Veil

Architect
K-architectures
Location
Le Havre, France | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Sports Centres

Cultural Centres
Sophie ODDO
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Ground floor wood ceilingLignotrend
Facade stainless steeaperam
Ugiline, Ugibright
Waxed concreteAd lucem
LUCEM Choc
FurnitureActiu
FurnitureArper SPA
FurnitureUSM Modular Furniture

Product Spec Sheet
Ground floor wood ceiling
Facade stainless stee
Ugiline, Ugibright by aperam
Waxed concrete
LUCEM Choc by Ad lucem
Furniture
by Actiu
Furniture
Furniture

Pôle Simone Veil

K-architectures as Architects

K ARCHITECTURES has delivered a new multi-functional socio-cultural and sports facility, the Simone Veil cluster, in the Danton district of Le Havre (FRANCE).

CONTEXTE 
The city of Le Havre immerses us in a moving atmosphere full of powerful stories and spray. The new cultural, associative and sporting facilities are being established as one of the centerpieces of the Danton district, which is in the process of being upgraded. It responds to the policy of the city of Le Havre and more closely to the expectations of the inhabitants who were consulted to compose its programme.

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO

OBJECTIVES
This programme called for a strong and identifiable architecture, a unifying ”cornerstone” open generously to the public space of which it would be an extension.

We also understood the desire for a generous and friendly architecture capable of welcoming those moments that are both simple and incredible during which people come together in a spirit of brotherhood.

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO

DESIGN INTENT
The project is part of a simple plan that completes the framework of a new public square intended to unite the neighborhood. Its facades are kindly aligned with those of the neighboring streets to underline the shape of this vast collective space which combines an ample mineral mall with intimate gardens.

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO

The building draws its genesis from the archetypal morphology of the brick warehouses that populated the neighboring docks. This urban landscape, crenellated with double-pitched roofs, is undeniably linked to the heritage of Le Havre to the point of making it a familiar vector of well-being. The project reproduces their profile to perpetuate their almost melancholy symbol, that of a flourishing and peaceful era. It also pays homage to the simple beauty of their capable large volumes by attributing their efficiency to sports spaces.

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO

The contemporary building, shaped in the image of an icon firmly anchored in its ground, is nevertheless being recomposed to accommodate its new function. First, its mass is lifted as if by feat to let the public space slide into the heart of the action. 

Second, its materiality responds to the heritage equipment of matt terracotta bricks with a vibrant skin made of brushed stainless steel sheets.

Finally, the contemporary building responds to the massiveness of its models, with a ”transparent massiveness” capable of bringing to light, both literally and figuratively, the activities it houses.

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO

The project is therefore implemented with a dual appearance. He asserts an unchanging and powerful urban presence while dressing himself in a sensitive landscape animated by the pictorial reflections of his environment in general and of the public garden in particular.

The interior architecture echoes the exterior envelope in a more domestic register. It takes up the theme of clarity by diffusing a generous light through fluid spaces that seem powdered with a vaporous white.

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO

Wood structures this peaceful general atmosphere and de facto adds a feeling of well-being, stemming from its biophilic action. It is the large sports hall that benefits the most, with an entirely wooded suspended vault following a sophisticated geometry.

From these founding attentions to the city, to the place, to its inhabitants and to its uses, architecture has become a sensitive interpreter to result in this unique edifice.

Team:
CLIENT
CITY OF HAVRE - NORMANDY REGION - SEINE MARITIME DEPART- MENT - NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPORT

DESIGN TEAM
K ARCHITECTURES SIGWALT HERMAN (Camille Saint-Paul project architect) whis, AIA LIFE DESIGNERS (structural engineers, services engineer, building economist ) ITAC (acoustical consultant)

COMPANIES OF REMARKABLE WORKS
False ceiling Wood battens omnisport platform: CETEC
Wood and aluminum curtain walls: ETABLISSEMENTS MARCHAND
Stainless steel facade and locksmith: PROUIN
Sports equipment: NOUANSPORT
Custom carpentry: Roches arrangement

SIGNAGE
Savary

photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO
photo_credit Sophie ODDO
Sophie ODDO
Caption
Caption
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Material Used :
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTS
Waxed concrete: AD LUCEM - Lucem Choc / Ground floor wood ceiling: LIGNO TREND - Ligno Acoustique Light / Facade stainless steel: APERAM - Ugiline (brushed aspect) and Ugibright (mirror aspect)

FURNITURE
distributors: Silvera, Archetype
Furniture manufacturers present: MobilConcept / MDF Italia / Enea / Vivero / Lintex / Cmimi / Hay / Eumenes / Gubi / Kartell / Moroso / Maximum / Adam Wieland / Smarin / Actiu / Arper / USM / Maxdesign / Forma5 / Fantoni

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Project Credits
Structural engineers, services engineer, building economist
False ceiling Wood battens omnisport platform
Acoustical consultant
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