Gallery: Gigantic Bubbly Vitam’Parc Sports Center Pops Up in France

Photo © Matthias Reithmeier
Due to its sustainable building principles and the way it creates harmonious relationships with the environment, the Vitam’Parc in Neydens has been awarded with the French HQE certificate (Haute Qualité Environnementale). Congratulations!

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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