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Z5 sports complex by Christopher Gulizzi

At Aix-en-Provence, the architect Christopher Gulizzi directed the Sports Complex Z5 - Zinedine Zidane. Social project for children from disadvantaged neighborhoods, the Z5 is mainly dedicated to the sport of football and offers seven courses, three covered and providing land for toddlers. This low energy project consists of a central building in black concrete and land covered by a galvanized steel frame.

First in a series of ten facilities that will emerge within five years, this project is the result of a partnership of the local authority of Aix-en-Provence and societies Adidas, Orange, Generali, BNP Paribas, Technogym.

The Z5 Sports Complex consists of a main building of 3,000 m2 with the ground floor an entrance hall, an Adidas shop, restaurant and a multipurpose room. On the first floor, an area of ​​1,000 m2 houses a gym, two swimming pools, a steam room and a sauna. On the top floor is the administrative management, sports medicine as well as a reception room.

On this project, Christophe Gulizzi states:

"The organization of the plot reveals a specific staging in a notion of evidence, from the axis of the access road, the main building, black concrete is the center of gravity, it occupies the plot, 10 as a number occupies the ground. This spatial device without aesthetic concessions, participates in the common emotion, every child who comes must have eyes that shine and fall asleep at night with the feeling of having met his idol. The building is simple, radical and suggests a "initiation" prior to the sharing of emotions. "

Photographs: Lisa Ricciotti, Philippe Ruault, Luc Boegly, Christian Michel Olivier Amsellem

For more information, visit the website Christophe Gulizzi.

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