Andrew Michler

Solar-Powered French Gym Offers an Energizing Workout

by , 11/22/10
filed under: Architecture, Daylighting

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Architect Jean Marc Rivet’s funky design for a small gym located in Saint Gilles, France features an imaginative profile that slopes toward the sky. The gym’s inclined, rounded boxes are certainly good fun, but they also provide raised surfaces that capture sunlight. A green roof and a solar array grace the sections crossing the main volume, creating an unexpected look for a simple neighborhood rec room. Getting motivated to hit the gym may be a lot easier when it’s inside such a fun space.

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The large, high windows in the gym allow diffused daylight to flood the main floor. Crossing the main section is a sloped roof that houses the entrance and support rooms. A green roof at the entrance provides natural habitat while helping to cool the interior as well. Solar electric panels sited high on the opposite end of the roof reduce the gym’s energy consumption.

Via Designboom

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