Monconseil Sports Hall by
Explorations Architecture

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Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

French studio Explorations Architecture have completed a sports hall in Tours, France, with a curving timber roof that sags in the middle.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

The entire north facade of the Monconseil Sports Hall is glazed to maximise natural light, while timber batons shade the south facade from direct sunlight.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

The suspended roof spans the 50 metre-wide hall, which can seat up to 700 spectators.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

The building provides a venue for sports that include basketball, handball, volleyball and gymnastics.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

Back in 2008, Explorations Architecture designed an entrance-pavilion for the Chateau de Versailles - see the story here.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

Other public sports halls on Dezeen include one near Sydney with a steel shell exterior and another in California supported by exposed fir trusses - click here to see more stories relating to sports.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

Photography is by Michel Denancé.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

Here's a short description of the project from Explorations Architecture:


Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

Explorations architecture has just completed the Monconseil sports hall in Tours, 150km southwest of Paris.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

This public building is exemplary of Explorations’ approach to sustainable design.

Monconseil Sports Hall by Explorations Architecture

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The project emphasis is on natural light, the innovative use of natural materials and renewable energy:

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1. The northern facade is fully glazed in order to avoid the use of electrical lighting in the main hall.

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2. The composite suspended timber/steel roof spans close to 50m to allow for future uses.

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3. The southern facade is clad with a photovoltaic “brise-soleil” in order to reduce energy consumption from the grid.

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Design team: Explorations architecture + Integrale 4 engineers
Client: City of Tours
Brief: Sports hall (basketball, handball, volleyball, gymnastics) with 700 seating
Net Area: 2700 m²
Cost: 5m €
Timeframe: 2006-2011

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    Monconseil Sports Hall is truly an architecture haven. Its interior is tremendous. The best part is its energy saving efficiency, comfortable seating for audience and environment friendly.

  • http://www.bsk.se Erik Edström

    The seating should be a free standing structure from the roof.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk/ Nick Austin

    Nice. Not dull. Not too poncy. Looks like it works. Not irritating. Like it.

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    Monconseil Sports Hall é realmente um paraíso arquitetura. O seu interior é enorme. A melhor parte é a sua eficiência de poupança de energia, assento confortável para público e ambiente amigável.