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Quai de la Moselle

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City, Country Calais, France
Year 2013–2018
Client City of Calais, France
Architect Face B
Services Structural Engineering
Facts NFA: 3,500 m² | Useful area: approx. 3,500 m² | Competition: 2013, 1st prize
Awards ÉQUERRE D’ARGENT 2018 / Culture, Jeunesse, Sport 2018 | Trophées Eiffel d’architecture acier 2018, Winner in the "Divertir" category

The project involves constructing a sports facility with a hexagonal plan on Quai de la Moselle in Calais. The project’s hexagonal form reflects the municipality’s outward-looking attitude.

The facility houses a basketball pitch flanked by two reinforced concrete terraces to the north and south. The terraces take advantage of the site’s topography by resting directly on the terrain’s lower level. The main entrance is on the ground floor of the southeast facade. The changing rooms, technical areas and lecture space are on levels 1 and 0 beneath the terraces.

Like a sail, the roof is taut by cables anchored in the facades of the terraces. This suspended catenary structure has spans varying from 32 metres to 68 metres. Thus, freed from all constraints, the facades are transparent and open to the exterior.

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