GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 9th edition
A brand new elegant and robust building has been built in the municipality of Waterloo. In what looks like a modern barn or small industrial shed is housed a multidisciplinary athletic training centre. Fitness, gymnastics, spinning, weight training—this versatile space lends itself to any number of activities. In this simply shaped building, the architectural elements contribute ingeniously to the functional aspects of the facility. The structure of the mezzanine, for example, supports the horizontal bars; the cleverly designed staircase offers two side-by-side flights of steps, linking both the functions of traffic and training; and the roof structure bears a variety of suspended equipment for gymnastic or circus-related training. Developed by a team of local entrepreneurs, the training centre has injected energy into the area and created a sense of local pride. The building is of restrained, refined beauty and integrates well in its semi-rural environment, while the material palette of mostly wood and metal is the same inside and out, contributing to the success of the overall effect.
CategoryAthletic Training Centre award