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Tennis Club House par Michel Tortel



Latest achievement of the architectural Michel Tortel to Aix-En-Provence, this small building sporty houses the local tennis club and school lockers. Sculptural and dramatic, this construction HQE steel structure is adorned with a finely perforated metal double skin, as marked by the trajectories and impacts of

dance tennis.































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 out of context historical and Provençal and adjacent to a wooded area, a former gymnasium.

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 to two types of users; those in the sports department for sports locker rooms and those of the Tennis club. The two entities are completely independent.

The program consists changing rooms, toilets, showers, meeting rooms, offices, equipment rooms and terraces.

We proposed to City insertion process and ownership of the building by a qualitative and joyful architecture showing unostentatious value, inviting surprise, then the feeling of familiarity integrating finely and sustainable manner codes of sport and sport-related fashion.

The budget was small but we fought to treat the building "athlete" 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 social success even for the most disadvantaged.

Sport is expressed in colorful codes through brands and iconic stars. The building is expressed in the same way. He is dressed as an athlete 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 small impacts by skin "3D offset" does not allow escalation of the building by its users. This game 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 shoestring we brought to arbitrate between; actually expected and areas allocated maintaining incompressible qualitative objectives and services negotiate, as a design project, with a goal of reducing cost.

The metal structure and careful counting interiors were the only solution to get to market cost.

The building is made structure and outer metal skins with insulation, working and partitions gross 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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