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Gigantic Bubbly Vitam’Parc Sports Center Pops Up in France

by , 11/07/11

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L35‘s main architectural goal was to design a set of shells that would enclose the different areas of the complex and fit organically within the landscape, despite the project’s large-scale dimensions. The architects called upon Reynaers to create an undulating, bubbly space that fits with the countryside’s typography. The structure features a frame made from wood and recycled aluminum, and it’s covered with a polymer called ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (aka ETFE).

ETFE is a plastic material that we’ve seen previously used in the Eden Project’s domes, but the Vitam’Parc is the first one to use the technology in France.

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