The Montpellier architecture firms A + Architecture and Philippe Escamez Architecte weigh anchor to reach the shores of Cap d'Agde (34) where they unveil the city's brand new Palais des Congrès & Casino, inspired by Mediterranean waves and decorated by French artist Hervé Di Rosa.
Cap d'Agde proudly displays its curves with its newly built Palais des Congrès & Casino. Signed by the A + Architecture agency and Philippe Escamez Architecte, this new place dedicated to culture and entertainment redraws the outlines of the entrance to the seaside town.
The two white concrete buildings on a plot of 12,3 hectares are connected by circular walkways supported by pillars carved in the manner of coral branches, taking place on a rambla pedestrian leading straight to the port.
Thought like gazebos between land and sea, the tall buildings are surrounded by large frescoes of 2 900 square meters created by the artist Hervé Di Rosa - known for his colorful pictorial universe. The painter from Sète dresses around them with marine figures inspired by local fauna and flora sculpted in large white metal panels, giving the interiors a subtle play of shadows and lights.
The cornerstone of the project, the Palais des Congrès stands on three levels. It hosts a theater and an exhibition gallery connected by a staircase of steel and wood, supplanted by a monumental chandelier of 6 meters high, fashioned from bands of chain mail by the craftsman. art Philippe Montels.
If the roof lined with greenery Casino rivals that of his neighbor, the second hosts an additional space whose shape is reminiscent of that of a sea knife: a faceted panoramic room of windows without a dominant complexion the Mediterranean landscape Agathois.
Project title : Congress Center & Casino
Location: Cap d'Agde (34)
Owner: City of Agde
Mastery of work : A + Architecture and Philippe Escamez Architect
Surface area: Convention center: 5800 m2 SDP / Casino: 2430 m2 SDP / Land: 12,3 hectares
Cost of works: 33 100 000 € HT
Calendar : 2019 delivery
For more information, visit the website A + Architecture and Philippe Escamez Architecte
Photographs: Benoît Wehrle, Camille Gharbi, A + Architecture