MDR Architectes have completed this striking 900 meter square gymnasium building in Montpelier, France. Gymnase Clapiers uses bold and simple architectural moves such as efficient space planning and orientation, as well as green material choices, like Nanogel aerogel.
The windows and openings are carefully considered based upon orientation; almost non-existent on the north façade and narrow and deep on the western facades, this helps to improve the energy performance of the building. Open able windows are strategically placed to enhance the potential of natural ventilation in the gym areas, keeping the areas cool in periods of high activity.
This design is simple, logical and striking, and while no budget has been disclosed, given the use of Nanogel we can only assume it wasn’t small. Whether or not the building really does sit well in the environment cannot really be commented on, as none of the images provided show enough context, but this neat little compact gym gets a thumbs up from us!
Images by Benoit Wehrle