Ilots Sud Sports Center, Cormeilles-en-Parisis (FR)

Much like sports itself, sports facilities are always important sites of identification. Particularly in smaller towns like Cormeilles-en-Parisis, 17 km northeast of Paris, club sport plays a vital role in social life. The new sports center offers optimal training and competition conditions for local teams, amateur athletes and schools.
With its silhouette, the design sets a striking mark, but nevertheless blends harmoniously into the loosely built residential area. This we could achieve by embedding the field and bleachers to keep the building at a moderate height. Well set bends modulate the length of the building and create an attractive, roofed entrance. Clever spatial references clearly arrange the dense program. The generously glazed entrance hall divides the complex into the public competition arena in the south and the martial arts areas, training hall and ancillary rooms in the north.
The sports hall is planned as a wooden construction with a span of 38 meters. The two-story reinforced concrete core houses the boxing hall, dojo, administration and warehouse. The building shell made of anodized aluminium in a matt patina copper tone contributes to its integration into the surrounding as does the high transparency, which allows inside and outside views. The roof, also clad in aluminium, acts as a fifth façade visible from afar. The wood panelling on the ceilings and walls and the daylight flowing in through the roomhigh glazing lend the spaces a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Client: Ville de Cormeilles-en-Parisis
Location: F-95240 Cormeilles en Parisis
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Project Management: Clement Josse
Competition: 2019
Construction: 2021–2023
Area: 4,414 m2
Capacity: Sports hall with 2 team sports fields, martial arts rooms and training halls


structural engineering: Bollinger Grohmann, Paris / HAVCR: ALTO Ingénierie, Paris / costs: VPEAS, Paris // renderings: © Dietrich | Untertrifaller – Expressiv