Although the complex had become a symbol of the city’s contemporary architectural heritage, it suffered from a lack of visual clarity a lack of connection between indoor and outdoor.
Highlighting the beauty
- to bring more natural light into the heart of the building
- to make the sports facility more visible, while remaining sympathetic to the original architectural design
- to reclaim the public space in front of the building.
In the gap created by the demolition of the existing market and shops, the architects installed a glass box. The fragility of this entirely glazed structure sets a contrast to the existing concrete architecture and highlights its beauty.
The attention paid to the design of the glass box, in particular the use of ultra-clear glass and refined materials such as brass and wood, gives the gymnasium a touch of sophistication.
The spacious double-height sports hall next to the reception area occupies a central position at the heart of the building. It opens towards the reception area and receives abundant natural light thanks to the mesh façades and the windows in the upper section of the lateral dividing walls, which are sound-proofed and thermally insulated.
On either side of the multi-purpose hall, the dojo and the dance and fitness studio have the same volume and the same thermal and sound insulation systems. Their façades overlooking the street bring in abundant natural light. To ensure as much sports space as possible, the changing rooms are organised in the basement.