This sporting facility forms a continuity with the architectural heritage already present on the site of the Saint Nazaire sports center.

Project Name: GYMNASIUM Saint Nazaire
Location: Avenue Pierre de Coubertin- Parc des Sports, Saint Nazaire, France
Site area: 3610m2
Area: 2750m2
Year :2015
Architects: Christophe Rousselle Architecte
Project manager: Matthieu Janmot
Project assistant: Debora Bandini

Names of complementary designers and consultants:

Geotechnical : Kornog
Concrete Structure : Quille
Acoustic Study Office : Signal developpement
Technical Engineering : Berim
Architect In Charge : Matthieu Janmot
Team : Noari Yamazoe
OPC : AIA management
Coordinator Sps : Cobati
Insertion : Carene
Metallic Structure : Ateliers David
Control Office : Socotec
Budget : 4,1 M€
Builder: Aiguillon Construction
Photographer: Takiju Shimmura

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Made entirely of raw concrete, with large irregular plate glass windows, the gymnasium symbolizes the desire to create generous volumes as a function of their internal use.

Despite being an imposing project, it finds lightness in its canted walls and the thickness of the outer shell.

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Two optical illusions have been created thanks to the variation of the roof tip and the repetition, between shade and light, of the posts that encircle the edifice.

A vegetalised roof has been added to create artificial relief, directly modeled in relation to its immediate context.

©Takiju Shimmura

Inside, extensive terraced seating opens onto an exceptionally large playing surface that can accommodate two handball courts, with no load bearing element for more than 2,200 m² of wooden flooring. The roof, with its random perforations, lets natural light into all the playing areas.


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