Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes

Architects: Épicuria Architectes
Location: Champigny, France
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,452 sqm
Photographs: 11h45

Treated very delicately, this sports equipment, on the periphery of a small town offers an alternative to neighboring semi-detached houses. Its oriental inspired façade is characterized by a concrete net imitating the Moroccan moucharabieh.

Even though it is implemented in a very urban site, the project revisits the natural motif by creating a “fifth façade” with a planted rooftop and a particular treatment of the concrete base, pierced and transparent, reminding us the roots of a tree shooting out from the ground.

The monochromatic envelope produces an attractive light and shadows effect on the various volumes, in a vibrating dialogue with the perforation that decorate the perimeter of the building.

Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes © 11h45
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Jessie-Owens Gymnasium / Épicuria Architectes originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 21 Sep 2012.

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