LINK architectes et Ferret-Dutreuil : Gymnase Jean Gachet

In Saint-Etienne (42), a building challenges passers-by with its gigantic windows. An error of proportion? Why not! This is the marked will of the LINK architects workshop that this gym is remarkable and noticed. A bold and successful choice.

Among the long list of equipment that a city often has to guard against, the gym is a special case, especially for the architects in charge of its design. The reason ? Its great simplicity. Too big maybe. For what is a gym, if not a large empty box equipped with changing rooms, and possibly bleachers ... And difficult, with such a naked program, to stand out.

This is exactly what the LINK workshop faced, imagining this realization, "Part of a global urban redevelopment project" in Saint-Étienne, as its authors say. A common situation, involving imagining a building able to radiate its architecture and seduce users, while participating fully in the renewal of the neighborhood. Unable to act on the content - a vacuum inherent in the typology of construction -, the main contractors have chosen to pamper the container. And they did it so well that passersby can only be challenged by the exuberant exterior of the Jean Gachet gymnasium, covered with extruded anodized aluminum and pierced with multiple bay windows. "It is through these urban windows that the building directs, locates and articulates in the city. These openings are voluntarily out of scale, and are expressed by punctual stretching of the main volume. Focused on existing urban and landscape events, they become pretexts for opening up views and promoting natural light "specify the members of the LINK architects workshop.

If he comes back inside, the sportsman is not disappointed either. Here, the concrete envelope with a steel frame gives an industrial character to the project and gives users a pleasant feeling of well-being. Even the most recalcitrant to the effort will not resist!

Project title : Jean Gachet Gymnasium
City, Country: Saint-Etienne (42)
Owner: EPA Saint-Etienne
Mastery of work : LINK Architects (Proxy Architect) and Ferret-Dutreuil (Partner)
Area : 2 470 m2
Cost of works: 4 000 000 € HT
Calendar : October delivery 2016

Photos: Milene Servelle

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in Sport category

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site, of LINK architects et from Ferret-Dutreuil

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