Dual sports hall in Borex-Crassier Switzerland, Building, Design, Architecture

Dual sports hall in Borex-Crassier : Swiss Building

Sports Building Switzerland design by mcm architectes

4 May 2012

Sports Halls Building in Borex-Crassier


Dual sports hall in Borex-Crassier, Switzerland

Design: Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann, architectes dipl. EPFL FAS SIA

Dual sports hall in Borex-Crassier
photograph : Thomas Jantscher

The expansion of the existing sports hall is the result of a competition and left little margin of freedom because of a limited perimeter. Due to its position, the new extension reinforces the western boundary with the countryside and takes advantage of the break in terrain in order to reduce the impact of volume on the site.

The quest for continuity with the existing building dictates the rules in terms of extension volume. The “fusional” approach adopted towards the existing structure allows to define a single entrance for the three sports halls.

The lookout on the surrounding countryside through a large opening reinforces the notion of lower level. Showcasing the view, accentuated by the absence of vertical uprights over a length of thirty-two meters, is made possible thanks to a multi-trellis wooden beam six meters high and prefabricated in solid pine wood.

The static system of the building derives from the intertwining of these multi-trellis beams. Their composition in three layers of wood of different thickness – a vertical layer flush with the interior cladding to guarantee the beam’s structural resistance, and two diagonal ones – reinforces the effect of transparency.

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photographs : Thomas Jantscher

The interior space of these halls is defined on three of its sides by this play of wooden beams and affords a particular atmosphere further enhanced by the play of light which brings the beam’s cane texture to life. These effects are accentuated by the exterior covering, in translucent glass, and the interstitial space, one meter thick, which regulates the inside temperature and the intake of outside air through mechanically controlled louvers.

Dual sports hall in Borex-Crassier – Building Information

Address: Rue de la Tour 55
Zip code: 1263
Town: Crassier, VD
Country: Switzerland
Competition: 2004
Building period: 2004-07
Status: Completed

Fonction: Sports
Floor levels: Underground, ground
Gross floor area SIA: 1,874 m2
Volume SIA: 14,320 m3
Global cost CFC 1-9: 7,940,000 Frs
M3 cost SIA CFC 2: 470 Frs

Client: Communes of Borex and Crassier
Architects: Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann, architectes dipl. EPFL FAS SIA
Assistant: Rodrigo del Canto
Civil engineer: AIC Ingénieurs conseils SA
Electrical engineer: Perrin & Spaeth
Façade engineer: Arteco SA
Sanitary engineer: Schumacher Ingenièrie
Lighting engineer: Aesbischer & Bovigny

Photographer: Thomas Jantscher

Dual sports hall in Borex-Crassier images / information from Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann, architectes dipl. EPFL FAS SIA

Location: Rue de la Tour 55, 1263, Crassier, VD, Switzerland, central Europe

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