LAN architecture: gymnasium + town hall esplanade in chelles
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dec 04, 2012
LAN architecture: gymnasium + town hall esplanade in chelles


‘gymnsaium + town hall esplanade’ by LAN architecture, chelles, france
image © julien lanoo
all images courtesy of LAN architecture

 

 

the historic urban center of chelles, france has been articulated and streamlined with a ’gymnasium + town hall esplanade’ completed by
french firm LAN architecture. addressing existing issues, the project is sited amidst structures dedicated to the church, state, culture,
education and sports, comprising and concentrating all components within a limited space. the concept of a historic agora is referenced, 
strategically altering the public realm and its perception. the gymnasium’s rectilinear footprint parallels the high school and town hall facade,
leaving an experiential journey between the park and church. a piazza and pedestrian street are defined by neighboring buildings.

 

reflective glass facades create a kaleidoscope effect with images of the adjacent structures. a double-layer system of first glass which mirrors the
outdoor environment and lets in daylight, while the second, a copper metal skin, tints the reflected scenery. during the day, the building recedes due
to the applied images and at night becomes illuminated with the activity occurring inside. 

 

 


within the context of historical buildings
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exterior
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reflective elevation
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side elevation reflects encompassing context
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entrance
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facade shades
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gym
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gym
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gym
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gym
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corridor and stairway to upper level
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dance room
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reflection of gym below
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view from dance room
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gymnasium at night
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gymnasium and esplanade at night
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site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


axonometric

 

 


axonometric

 

 

project info:

 

 

project: gymnasium and redesign of the town hall square
location: place de l’hôtel de ville, chelles (77), france
timetable: 2007-2011
competition: january 2008
delivery: january 2012
project manager: chelles town council
budget: 3.85m EUR excl. vat
project area: 2200 m²
team: LAN architecture (architects), betem (contractor), isabelle hurpy (heq engineering consultant)

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