HQ Architecture + [Sport Center]

13 Rue d'Alsace Lorraine, 92160 Antony, Francia: Multisports Complex by Archi5
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The project’s design and planning focus on a thorough understanding of the local context. the building responds to existing scales. Its location and architecture denote the space´s public nature and inject new life into the site.

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by taking surrounding public spaces into consideration when designing the project, we reinforced the notion that this building is a public facility, a landmark within the surrounding disorder.

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So as to allude to a mind’s eye view we asked ourselves how we could draw attention to the building without stirring up too much controversy. What we sought to spark off was people’s curiosity and a thirst for mystery: a child’s fascination to know what is inside a big box.

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This is what led us to design this huge, dark monolith, which is a break from local architecture, with rows of pink houses or over complex public buildings. A mysterious big black box planted in an urban landscape. Curiosity is satisfied once the way to go in is found, on a raised corner where the entrance is located.

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We wanted the passer-by to see something different to what the residents see. We achieved this by an interplay between different elements, the roof garden offering an alternative landscape – a hanging square. On the inside, the surfaces adapt and follow the height of the different sports areas.

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This creates a dynamic between the different components of the project. the monolith is deconstructed by the variety of stones used to clad the façade and the way these are pieced together, like a construction set. the building changes depending on the angle from which you look at it, the time of day, the light or the season.

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This single structure houses the main functions of the program: fencing/table tennis hall, dance hall, combat areas and other activities. the building’s compact nature is its greatest environmental asset. Natural light floods in, in spite of the solid façades.

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Vertical window panels allow light to be controlled and adapted to the needs of the sport being practiced. We designed this facility to be simple, powerful and almost timeless.

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Location: Antony, FranceArchitects: Archi5 Project Area: 3,989 mq. Cost: 9.765.000 € Client: City of Antony.Year: 2011

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