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Gymnasium - La Fare les Oliviers - Région Provence, France

Fabrice Giraud Architecte

During ancient times, sport was a integral part of the education of the Greeks and Romans, the Roman poet Juvénal indicated «mens sana in corpore sano».

The virtues of sporting disciplines, integrating the notions of self-giving, sharing, altruism, humility,respect for the 'Other', are regularly highlighted by the main media channels. Sport remains socially, a means of channeling energies, managing solidarity, being entertained, dreaming of maybe one day, becoming a high-level sportsperson.

In this light, a gymnasium must now be an architectural gesture that includes a spatial adaptation tailored to the needs of the community. The building, must be integrated with the site, whilst possessing an architectural ‘‘debanalisation’’. The geometry of the building is part of the existing topography of the site and is inspired by it. As far as the cladding is concerned, a golden-copper alloy cladding is installed using the traditional standing seam technique on a wooden frame. This material is an alloy of copper and aluminum which is produced 100% from recycled materials. 

This choice of copper alloy is based on two criteria:

 - durability. Sustainability can also be expressed by the choice of a beautiful, solid, perennial weathering material. It is a question of choosing a material that knows how to age with nobility. 

- response to environmental aspects or concerns. 

The architectural expression of the golden-copper alloy material makes it possible to design facades that identify architecturally, the dynamism of the social action of the municipality and the quality of the public service that will be provided.

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Building

Owner: 
Commune de la Fare les Oliviers
Completion date: 
2017
Country: 
France
City: 
La Fare les Oliviers
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Type of building: 
Sport, relaxation facilities
Copper used: 
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Fabrice Giraud Architecte
Address & description: 
80 Rue Monte Cristo 13004 Marseille France

Copper contractors

Title: 
Dautremer, Gap

Awards

Season: 
2017

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