Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

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Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

A windowless yellow facade shrouds the interior of this concrete gymnasium in southern France by architects Heams et Michel.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

Located beside a secondary school in the town of Tourrette Levens, the building is used by students for gymnastics and as a general hall.

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The textured concrete exterior is separated into rows of vertical stripes that the architects hoped would resemble the folding fabric of a stage curtain.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

Daylight permeates the concrete walls through high-level windows on the rear elevation, as well as through a pyramidal roof light.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

A colourful rock-climbing wall is located at the back of the hall, while panels of oriented strand board line the lower levels of the three remaining walls.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

We've recently featured another building in France with a rock-climbing wall inside - see our earlier story here.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

Photography is by Serge Demailly and Heams et Michel

Here's some text from architect Benjamin Michel:


Gymnastics building

The building of the gym in Tourrette Levens is part of a plot where is erected a secondary school, and a gymnasium. This new building reserved for students and associations is intended for gymnastics and circus.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

The program simplicity led us to reflect on the plastic side of the project. In fact, the area of study of the circus, put out the physical and moral development, includes a cultural, artistic, and social. The transience of the circus that is assembled and disassembled in cities remains in the collective unconscious. Our project is an allegory of the circus tent.

The idea is simple " a concrete box that was covered with a cloth ". Concealment becomes mystery, and make us perceive differently what was commonplace before. We wanted to create a sculptural object concealed and packed in a skin of concrete, corrugated as a wavy stage curtain.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

The yellow ocher color gives the blind walls an expression of lightness heightened by the fact that the stamped concrete does not touch the ground. Because of this, the object, which could have been a simple gym, takes an artistic dimension.

The volume chosen is voluntary simple : a rectangular parallelepiped of 14 meters wide and 8 meters in height in continuity of the existing gymnasium and detached from it by the volume of the entrance hall and deposits, which is less high.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

By its presence, the project aims to complete the overall design of the existing sports facilities, by standing as a new south gable.

A single material wraps all the facades of the object. It walls are made of a stamped and painted concrete called "draped concrete" with a texture reminiscent of stage curtains.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

The texture of the drapery is obtained by using two alternating matrices of slightly different patterns, but the same height as the concrete shells, specially designed for the project. Those walls have been casted all the way up, and the self-placing concrete has been poured in a single process so as not to reveal a horizontal joint. The vertical ones disappear in the pattern of the drapery.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

Inside the room, a natural light is achieved by the presence of two major openings, not noticeable from the outside, a glass square on the roof, centered on the room, and a horizontal window in the north facade.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

In this volume, the human scale is found by the calpinage at the bottom (2m50), a bounding of impact resistant OSB panels. And at the top we used acoustic wood wool insulation panels. The ceiling is made of raw concrete.

A direct connection to the existing gymnasium was constructed to promote exchanges between the various sports.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

By this project, the idea of a building disappears in favor of an object carved in relation to its context and program. The rationale for the staging of such an object lies in the definition of the close relationship between sports, circus, entertainment, art, and social.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

Project name: Gymnastics building Programme : Sport.
Location: Tourrette Levens, France

Architects: Heams et Michel
Engineer: GL Ingénierie
Client: Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes

Project area: 240 m2 SHON.
Project year: 2011.

Gymnastics building by Heams et Michel

Entreprises:
Dévoiement réseaux: La Nouvelle SIROLAISE
Gros Œuvre: TRIMARCO Construction
Etanchéité: GALINELLI
Menuiseries métalliques – Serrurerie: SARL DEGIVRY
Sols Sportifs: MS DECO
É quipements sportifs: ENTRE PRISES
Electricité: EUROPELEC
Plomberie – Chauffage – Ventilation: AQUALIA
Finitions: SILENCE CONORT

  • Chris

    Is that Chipboard I see in the interior? I'm all for staying true to materials but could they have possibly stayed true to a different material?

    • http://cargocollective.com/arcalign ArcAlign

      No it's not chipboard that you see. If you read the text it's impact resistant OSB