This new building was positioned at the centre of the plot, making it the pivot point of the overall site in view of its future development. Another constraint: the minimum height should be 9 metres with optimal luminosity for the courts.
The building is thus defined by a laminated wood structure with a facade composed in two parts: a 4-metre-high opaque masonry base capped by a translucent polycarbonate 5-metre-high curtain wall that filters the natural light and lightens the volume.
“We opted for Danpalon® 16 mm ice that reflects the environment and maintains a transparent effect as well as uniform lighting for the tennis players,” explains David Lovera, architect.
“We had a lot of constraints since this indoor tennis facility is located on a huge site of heteroclite buildings, exterior sports grounds, and a future housing project,” explains the architect, Virginie Jacquier.
An additional and most singular touch is the curved facade with its rounded corners. The Danpalon® determined the radius for a perfect curve,” clarifies David Lovera before adding: “The carpenters carried out a technical feat by curving the laminated cross bracing elements, thus reinforcing the roundedness in the corners and creating the impression that the Danpalon® is curved.”
Visually, there is no discontinuity. The building includes two large 16-metre-wide doors that open laterally for ventilation in the summer and serve to spatially connect with the outdoor tennis courts. Another special feature: a sand tone was chosen for the tennis courts, a unique choice in France for indoor courts.
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