Calais +

Sports hall – Calais


The new sports hall for the city of Calais stretches along La Moselle quay, in response to the large waterfront landscape. The monolithic elevation of the project is reflected by the calm waters of the canal. The 60sqm hall is designed on a symmetrical plan and categorized into four publicly accessible quadrants. Designed for national level basketball games, it holds 1500 seats, divided into two bleachers on either side of the sports ground. The orientation of the volume naturally defines all four public spaces and becomes an extension of the adjacent park and the plaza. The fully glazed ground floor and the continuous façade add to the multi-oriented character of the building. The brick walls and steel trellises are a contemporary interpretation of the historical port and industrial architecture of the site. The successive layers of the framework reveal the roof’s crossed lattice beams and the lower pyramidal posts. The triangular openings on the façade of the hall unveil the multipurpose spaces and simultaneously offer users a panoramic view of the surrounding urban and harbour landscape.

Program Sports hall , basketball court with 15 000 seats.

Client  City of Calais (France)
Area  4 850 m² + 9 395 m² landscape
Budget  5 380 000 €
Architects  Muoto
Consultants  Fabrice Bougon, Bollinger & Grohmann, Espace Temps, Alternative
Year  Competition 2013