Sports Centre Tarbes, Southern France Leisure Building Project, French Architecture Development Photos

Sports Centre in Tarbes, France

14 Sep 2022

Architectes: IDOM with Duffau & Associés

Location: Avenida des Forges, Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées department, Occitanie region, southwestern France

Sports Centre Tarbes France

Photos: Pedro Pegenaute

Sports Centre Tarbes, southern France

The project is the result of an ideas competition for the transformation of an old military industry building from the early 20th century into a large sports center of reference for the city, the region and the country.

Sports Centre Tarbes

The building, oriented north-south, measures 125 m long by 85 m wide, organized into a 20 m high central building and two 13 m high side buildings. Endowed with a clear and repetitive geometry with a sawtooth roof, the buildings emulate the nobility of a cathedral, despite a very poor exterior appearance, the result of the passage of time, of neglect and the absence of a façade cladding. This nobility is confirmed in the interior thanks to the expressiveness of the polychrome structure that, although worn by the passage of time, defines the character of the space with the spectacular zenithal light that penetrates the glazed roof across fifty percent of its surface.

Sports Centre Tarbes

Our proposal aims to maintain the value of the pre-existence, while fully preserving the perception of its original character, even with the introduction of a new, light and colorful world, characteristics linked to the playful character that the building should express. On the one hand, we intervened on the flooring, hitherto gray, filling it with colors to define the new sports areas: athletics, basketball, handball, badminton and climbing.

Sports Centre Tarbes

On the other hand, the requirements of the new sports program (lobby, changing rooms, federation rooms, offices) are resolved with a block of intense yellow color that in turn forms two large climbing walls that are the protagonists of the central space of the project.

Tarbes Sports Centre France

It is perceived as weightless, floating in the industrial cathedral space thanks to the fact that it is embedded in the large pillars of the building and hangs from the pre-existing bridge cranes, thus giving them a new life. This piece also becomes the upper tier for spectators and the element that defines the boundaries between the different sports areas.

Sports Centre Tarbes France

Sports Centre Tarbes

Finally, our design provides the building with a new façade consisting of a brick base, in harmony with the architecture of the neighborhood, and white cladding that extends to the edge of the roof. The latter has been resolved with white mini-wave sheet metal, commonly used in the industrial world, in which new strategic openings are inserted to express the public purpose of the new building and open it up to a more permeable relationship with its surroundings.

Sports Centre Tarbes France

Sports Centre Tarbes France

Sports Centre in Tarbes, southern France – Building Information

Architects: IDOM –

Project architect: Inés López Taberna, Iñaki Garai Zabala, Gohar Manrique San Pedro – IDOM
Other architects: Duffau & Associés
Project Management: Gohar Manrique San Pedro – IDOM
Costs: Fabien Tonasso – ALAYRAC & Inés López Taberna + Gohar Manrique San Pedro – IDOM
Structures: Miguel Angel Valverde González – IDOM

Engineering: Arturo Cabo Ordóñez + Lucas Legay – IDOM
Lighting: Miguel García Castillo – IDOM
Public Health Services: Arturo Cabo Ordóñez + Lucas Legay – IDOM
Electrical Engineering: Arturo Cabo Ordóñez + Lucas Legay – IDOM
Instalaciones de Proceso: Arturo Cabo Ordóñez + Lucas Legay – IDOM

Interior Design: Inés López Taberna, Iñaki Garai Zabala, Gohar Manrique San Pedro – IDOM

Administration: Clarisse Guiraud – IDOM
Site Supervision: Pierre Duffau – DUFFAU ASSOCIÉS & Iñaki Garai Zabala+ Gohar Manrique San Pedro – IDOM
Construction execution management: Pierre Duffau – DUFFAU ASSOCIÉS & Gohar Manrique San Pedro – IDOM

Tarbes Sports Centre France

Lote 1: Demoliciones: SAS GRACIA
Lote 2: Estructura: GALLEGO
Lote 3: Cubierta Tejas: ADB BATITOIT
Lote 4: Cubierta Metálica y Fachada: ADB BATITOIT
Lote 5: Carpintería Exterior: SN PAYBOU
Lote 6: Herrería: SCOP ALKAR
Lote 7: Tabiquería yeso y Falsos techos: SAS OLIVEIRA ROGEL
Lote 8: Carpintería Interior: JEAN SALET
Lote 9: Revestimientos Cerámicos: SAS OLIVEIRA ROGEL
Lote 10: Revestimientos Flexibles: SAS LORENZI
Lote 11: Revestimientos Deportivos: SOLS PRESTIGE 33
Lote 13: Pintura: LATU
Lote 14: Graderío: MASTER INDUSTRIE
Lote 15: Estructura de Escalada: ENTRE PRISES SAS
Lote 17: Fontanería y Ventilación: EIFFAGE ENERGIE
Lote 18: Electricidad : BAJON ANDRES/ENGIE INEO
Lote 19: Urbanización: SPIE BATIGNOLLES MALET
Lote 20: Pista de Atletismo: ST GROUPE

Area: 12.175 sqm

Tarbes Sports Centre France

Photography: Pedro Pegenaute

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