Near the centre of Saint-Louis, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture were commissioned with integrating the new sport and event centre known as Forum harmoniously into the surrounding buildings. The neighbouring structures consist primarily of houses, offices, a day-care centre and an elementary school.
Location: Saint-Louis, Frankreich
Architect: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Project management: Cécile Ortolo
Client: Town Saint-Louis
The sport and event centre comprises 13 volumes of various sizes: the largest hall is intended for sports and competitions in disciplines such as basketball, handball, badminton, judo or gymnastics. The large banquet room offers standing room for 2,400 people or 1,000 seats. It can be used for concerts and other shows. Exhibitions and fairs will also take place here; plans are underway. To create more space if needed, the architects have added sliding partition walls that can alter the size of each room. For instance, the banquet room can be combined with the gymnasium hall, a great advantage for trade fairs or other large events. The delicate-looking building shell of copper-coloured, perforated expanded metal joins the individual volumes. This material, which has been applied uniformly to both façade and roof, gives the various structures the look of having been created from a single mould, a delicate metal grill wrapped homogeneously around the entire building. Expanded metal is used inside as well: visitors to the Forum are received at a 14-metre-long bar which is made of the same material.