Alice Milliat Sports Center, Lyon (FR)

This multi-use gymnasium is a central element of the new urban development zone of Bon Lait. It welcomes primary and secondary school pupils from nearby educational establishments, as well as sports clubs and local sports enthusiasts. It won the French National Timber Construction Award for its composition – a framework of glued laminated spruce beams, insulated with straw bails. The façade of the box-shaped building is clad with pre-grayed larch wood battens. Its volume contains a hall, which can be divided into three, thus allowing different sports to be carried on at the same time. The nine-meter-high ball-sports hall, receives evenly-distributed daylight that enters from skylights arranged across the ceiling in the form of truncated pyramids. Inside, the walls are coated in openwork wooden strips, ensuring good acoustics. The spectator stands, built as three-tiered concrete seating rows, and the interior access routes and adjoining rooms are arranged at the rear as the backbone of the building.
The martial arts sports hall, which can also be used for dancing and gymnastics, is located on the upper floor. It is well supplied with daylight via a window strip and a skylight.
In a densely built mixed environment, the sports hall interacts with the public space and the neighborhood via a loggia and its large glass facades. Through its simplicity, it also emphasizes its function as a low-threshold, available-to-all communal infrastructure.
The building deserves the title ‘sustainable’ – not least through its use of renewable resources such as wood and straw. Above all, an interplay between material, economic construction and building comfort has been achieved, with good daylight utilization, natural ventilation and aesthetically appealing surfaces.

Client: Ville de Lyon
Location: F-Lyon, Place du Traité de Rome
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller & Têkhnê Architectes
Project management: Ulrike Bale-Gabriel
Competition: 2013
Construction: 2014-2016
Area: 2,700 m²
Capacity: 200 pupils

Awards
Prix National de la Construction Bois 2017 (French National Timber Construction Award)

Partner
structural engineering timber: Arborescence, Lyon / structural engineering concrete: DPI, Villeurbanne / timber construction: SDCC, Varces / HAVCR, electronics: Astrius, Lyon / building physics: Eegenie, Lyon / costs: Denizou, Villeurbanne /// photos: © Julien Lanoo