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PPA Architectures et Encore Heureux : Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

The agencies ppa architectures and Encore Heureux team up to create the new Pratgraussals d'Albi village hall (81). The sober and elegant project relies on flexibility and modularity, in order to adapt to the effervescence of the inhabitants' life and to the diversity of events that the equipment will host.

Located on the right bank of the Tarn, close to the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Albi, the new Pratgraussals village hall takes place in a green leisure area occupying the site of an old quarry. A particular piece of land that the architects wanted to preserve as much as possible, imagining a sober construction giving pride of place to natural materials.
The facade is divided into two strata: the first, occupying 1/3 of the whole, consists of pebbles drawn from the river near the site, when the second is clad with vertical wooden sticks. The minimalist silhouette of the frame is punctuated by an eight-sided zinc roof. The set is surrounded by a partially covered metal gallery, which can shelter users on rainy days and creates a discreet airlock between the outside and the village hall.

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Inside, wood dominates. The main room, which can accommodate up to 500 seated people, is clad in wooden wall panels and can be divided into three thanks to porticos with a range of 24 meters, which can therefore be adapted according to the needs of the municipality.
At the two ends of this central space are two entrances: the main one, to the south, facing the Pratgraussals natural park, and that of staff and artists, to the north, opens onto a patio designed as a friendly and intimate space. The technical rooms - changing rooms, kitchens, offices and storage spaces - are located on the northwest side and are served by an interior corridor reserved for staff.

The sober and minimalist project is awakened by the intervention of the artist Bonnefrite who imagines a colorful fresco in the entrance airlock and to which we also owe the refined signage of the building.

A project tailored for all occasions!

To learn more, visit ppa architectures websites et Still happy

Photographs / Illustrations: Cyrus Cornut

Zoe Térouinard

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