Sports Hall in Saint-Étienne

Sports Hall in Saint-Étienne


Ferret - Dutreuil architects
Saint-Étienne, France
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Sports Centres
@Milène Servelle

Sports Hall in Saint-Étienne

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Between downtown and boulevard, the gym is part of a global project of urban renewal. In this logic, it completes and renews the offer in leisure and sports activities, and physically forms the western boundary of this great island bordered by the Boulevard. This becomes a major element of the urban structure, not only the logic of movement, but also of landscape construction and identity of the city.

This urban situation questions the project in his role and limit threshold between the urban road and garden, but also in terms of performances, accents and "showcase". She finally asks, and beyond, the project in its materiality, in terms of "poetic" and "presence" in the distinctive landscape of this city.

By geometry, massing, its openings facing urban space, the project seeks to spread beyond these own physical limits. It establishes a hierarchy between this dialogue with the close (forecourt, entrance, thresholds, open gym garden) and the dialogue with the distance ( "urban window" in the home, traffic, greenhouse and climbing gym ). The building orients, landmark, articulates this new urban project in the city.

The choice materials should strengthen the principles of mass and accents already described. The assembly is consolidated by a deployed steel cladding, exposing in a second plane red siding. The superposition of these two surfaces, expanded metal and color background will create with light and the various angles of perception a large choice of shades.

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