Jesse owens gymnasium , champigny-sur-marne (94)
Project managementVille de Champigny-sur-Marne
Design officesINCET - MEBI
Jesse Owens Gymnasium in Champigny
Handled with great delicacy this sports center, located on the edge of downtown, imposes its originality on the traditional suburban landscape of Champigny.Incorporating a Youth Meeting Point it shows a clear oriental inspiration characterized by the net-clad facade which imitates a mashrabiya.Despite its position in the urban landscape, the execution constantly revisits the natural world via a green roof - conceived as the fifth facade - and above all by the unusual treatment of the building's concrete basement, a combination of transparency and openwork, evoking the roots of a tree springing up from the ground.The absolute monochromatism of the shell fosters a greater play of light and dark though the interior spaces - a vibrating dialogue with the latice-work decorating the exterior of the structure.