published Monday, February 7, 2011
Latest achievement of the architectural Michel Tortel in Aix-En-Provence, this small building sports-oriented features local tennis club and school lockers. Sculptural and dramatic, this construction steel structure HQE dresses in a finely perforated metal double skin, as marked by the trajectories and impacts of
On this project, the agency says Michel Tortel:
"Located in an urban area devalued and potential target of vandalism, the site has been on a very narrow plot next to the program in the sports complex of the Jas de Bouffan. It is located off historic Provençal context within and adjacent a tree, a former gymnasium space.
The building stretches in length on two levels based on the ramp leading to the Château de l'Horloge. The plot is almost entirely occupied by the courts and the building.
The building is intended for two types of users: those of the sports department for sports locker rooms and those of the Tennis club. The two entities are completely independent.
The program consists of changing rooms, toilets, showers, meeting rooms, offices, equipment rooms and terraces.
We proposed to the city to treat the insertion and ownership of the building by a qualitative and joyful architecture showing an unostentatious value added, calling for the surprise, then the feeling of familiarity by incorporating finely and sustainable manner codes sport and sport-related fashion.
The budget was small but we fought to deal with this "athlete" building but not austere or minimalist. We started from the idea that sport is a reference, one of the last models of society leaving open the possibility of social success even for the most disadvantaged.
Sport is expressed in colorful through brands and stars iconic codes. The building is expressed in the same way. He is dressed like a sportsman but tells other stories when you turn around
He first says - its density structure - sport, movement and imbalance that characterizes sport gesture (especially the tennis serve), while tension and movement by its two door overhang - for awnings and sunshades, essential in this region
He then turned, the front is the game of tennis by a dynamic breakthrough skin at the rate of impacts would have left balls in the game, revealing the yellow building at the angle of view.
The pattern of impacts and trajectories is itself made up of small impacts, skin not "offset 3D" is climbing to the building by its users. This game on the scales creates a mise en abyme, small holes to draw large holes. Inside, the dialogue continues with gabions tennis balls and images scales surprising.
One of the biggest challenges of this project was its economic equation. The overall budget limits led us to decide between; actually expected services and areas allocated maintaining incompressible qualitative objectives and negotiate, as a design project with a reduced target price.
The metal structure and counting neat interiors were the only solution to get to market cost.
The building structure consists of a metal and outer skins with insulation, working in raw partitions and floor blocks.
The skin creating a dynamic effect is limited to the north gable and. It serves as a thermal regulator on the long south facade - east and north. Double glazing, double flow CMV allow to reach a thermally efficient building with 118 KW / m² / year
The set is fully accessible for PMR making this the first tennis club tennis club "differently abled". "
For more information, visit the Agency Michel Tortel.
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