ADEPS Sports Centre
The sports centre - multi-purpose hall, administration, refectory, cafeteria, etc. - is embedded in the site and the local area, in a landscape whose topography proved decisive to the project design. As a self-reliant structure, the building’s architecture is intimately entwined with the site’s infrastructural quality ans is based on the construction of retaining walls with a single roof that contrast with the surrounding landscape.
The central and symbolic figure of the site is the “Château de La Fraineuse”, a 19th century pastiche of the Petit Trianon at Versailles, and listed a heritage site by Belgium’s Monuments et Sites. By way of a common bedrock, the project nurtures a dialogue between the past and the modernity with the château in a way that transcends the notion of a divisive modernity.
The expanses of outside covered areas allow the building to be used for a variety of different purposes, whilst ensuring a permeability between the activities. The central patio that opens out into the sky serves as a central gathering area for the site as a whole, around which the functional programme revolves.
A technical execution that is unique in Belgium - with insulating monolithic concrete that ensures the construction will enjoy a very long service life while boasting high thermal inertia - has been adopted for the main walls.
Location: Spa, Belgium
Type: Extension, Sports Centre
Client: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Engineers: Bureau Bouwtechniek - Bureau Greisch - Daidalos Peutz
Landscape: Bas Smets
Cost: 4’800’000 €
Photography: Maxime Delvaux