A+Architecture has just completed the redevelopment of a new district at the gates of Cap d’Agde. The agency has also completed two major facilities which, like two white concrete pearls, signal the renewal of this of this area, the Palais des Congrès and the Casino.

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Lead architect: A+Architecture
Associate architect: Philippe Escamez Architecte
Executive project manager / Scheduling, overseeing and coordination of the works: Arteba
Scenography: Crea Factory
Structural engineering: Terrell
Construction economics: L’Echo
Utilities and electricity: Celsius Environnement
Earthworks, Roads & Utility Services and electricity: (high voltage A, low voltage A, street lighting) Gaxieu
Water supply & sanitation, Roads & Utility Services, electricity (high voltage A)Prima Groupe
Demolition: Ginger CEBTP
Thermic & environmental assessment: Celsius Environnement
Landscaping: Agence TER paysagistes / PMC Creation
Acoustics: Cabinet Vincent Hedont

Facilities: Structural works: SOGEA SUD BATIMENT / GIRAUD SERIN Sealing, cladding: SOPREMA
Exterior joinery: BARSALOU
Façade (Di Rosa mesh sculpture): SOLATRAG Architectural metalwork: SOLATRAG
Interior joinery: CARAYON
Partitions, linings, suspended ceilings: CUBERO Mobile partitions: SAS EOLE
Raised floors: COMEY
Flooring: PROCERAM
Electricity, stage equipment: SOMITEG
HVAC plumbing: ROGER RENARD ENTREPRISE Stage metalwork: TAMBE
Chairs: HUGON TRIBUNES
Signage installations: GROUPE MERIDIS Paintwork: ATELIER MEDITERRANEEN Lifts: KONE
Roads & Utility Services:
Wet utilities: SOLATRAG Roads: EIFFAGE
Dry utilities: SOGETRALEC
Landscape: Entreprise PSP (Nursery, Sport, Landscape) Street furniture: METALCO

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Palais des Congrès & Casino Cap d’Agde By A+Architecture - Sheet2A vast gently sloping promenade links them to the port, the heart of this seaside town created by Jean Le Couteur during the Racine mission.Emblematic of the development, the Palais des Congrès has become the resort’s new showcase.Connected to the Casino by a set of circular walkways, the complex offers a formidable and unprecedented three dimensional pedestrian square that also creates a seamless connection between the new seaside resort in Agde and its historic town located a few kilometres inland.The Palais hall extends over three levels, all three of which connect to one of the winding walkways. A very playful spatial organisation allows easy access from inside and outside, on foot or by bicycle, to all the facility’s services: lobby, exhibition hall, offices, meeting rooms and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,200, where turquoise blue, the only accent colour in this white complex, evokes the waves of the Mediterranean.Palais des Congrès & Casino Cap d’Agde By A+Architecture - Sheet4

A large, gently sloping square is on the roof of the complex. Perched high above the site and on one side, a panoramic room, whose shape evokes a Solen (a bivalve shell commonly called a razor shell), offers exceptional views of the entire surrounding landscape.

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In close collaboration with A+Architecture, Hervé di Rosa, an artist from Sète, played with the theme of the seabed in a mischievous way to design the 2,900 m2 white metal mesh sculpture that covers the two buildings of this belvedere between land, sea and sky.

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