paloma music complex in nimes by tetrarc architectes
paloma music complex in nimes by tetrarc architectes paloma music complex in nimes by tetrarc architectes
dec 14, 2012
paloma music complex in nimes by tetrarc architectes

‘paloma’ by tetrarc, nîmes, france
image © stéphane chalmeau
all images courtesy of tetrarc



in nîmes, an exuberant city filled with artists, is the ‘paloma’ complex by french firm tetrarcdedicated to contemporary music, the venue integrates two concert halls, twelve rehearsal and recording studios, six accommodations for performers in residence, administration offices and technical facilities. an exterior shell made form zinc emerges from the ground and begins to stretch, fray and break apart near the edges. a large screen protrudes from the northwest facade, announcing events and performers. 


inside, bold colors saturate the rooms where the public and artists meet. representing the colors of the bullfight, a bright yellow and purple foyer, stairway and patio along with red entries to the main concert halls. geometries of the walls evoke a bullfighters movements while images of the crowd are projected over the seats within the large auditorium. 

view from the north
image © stéphane chalmeau

giant screen announces events
image © stéphane chalmeau

view from a distance
image © stéphane chalmeau

yellow hall
image © stéphane chalmeau

view of yellow hall from the mezzanine
image © stéphane chalmeau

concert hall
image © stéphane chalmeau

club concert hall
image © stéphane chalmeau

amphitheater on rooftop terrace
image © stéphane chalmeau

rooftop terrace
image © stéphane chalmeau

at night
image © stéphane chalmeau

side elevation of glass
image © stéphane chalmeau

at night
image © stéphane chalmeau

site plan

floor plan / level 0





project info:


project timeline: competition_2008, study_2009/10 completion_september 2012
building surface: 5611 m2 shon
architect: tetrarc architects,
project manager: michel bertreux
project director: rémi tymen
study: olivier perocheau, richard sicard, florent delaboudinière, timothée naux
landscape designer: louise follin
computer graphics designer: mikaël trocmé
construction site: guillaume blanchard, marc-antoine bouyer, alice pedel
client: city of nîmes
structural engineer: bet structure_ e2c bet fluides and hqe_ area opc_ cmb + bernard poissonier economist economist_cmb scenography_
architecture et technique acoustics_ atelier rouch
photography: stéphane chalmeau
program: concert hall 1300 seats, club room 390 seats, 7 recording and training studios, artists in residence studios, offices

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