Brisac Gonzalez Architects completes the multi purpose hall in Aurillac, France
Aurillac is at the edge of France’s Massif Central mountain region. The site is situated near the city’s main train station, an area that is under regeneration to provide a stronger link with the city’s historic centre.
The building is a new venue for concerts, performances, trade fairs and sports events. It contains retractable seating and a demountable stage for versatility. The main space is able to accommodate up to 4500 people during performances.
Three ribbons of concrete that vary in shape and texture define the building. Their juxtaposition delineates the different zones around the main hall: entry, storage and back of house facilities.
These zones form a buffer providing an acoustical separation between sound generated inside and the noise from the neighbouring railroad tracks and surrounding streets. The upper ribbon is made of prefabricated concrete panels with a regular grid of 25000 glass bricks. It creates a nine-meter high cavity of varying width that contains the building’s services and technical access. Spotlights with colour filters within allow the building’s temperament to continually change in the evenings.