Sport Centre Jules Ladoumègue reimagined by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
The partial reconstruction of the stadium Jules Ladoumègue in Paris by DFA/Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes has been realised in connection with the new site of the RATP maintenance centre, a public transport service for the Ile-de-France. The construction of the maintenance centre and the creation of new space for sport activities expresses the integration of large equipment in a dense urban structure and emphasises its multi-functionality.
The sport fields for soccer and rugby are situated on the rooftop of the maintenance centre, at the same level as the Paris ring road boarding the site on the west. A building with six covered tennis courts creates a 200m-long visual and acoustic barrier along the periphery.
A new building situated on Route des Petits Ponts in the east completes the project with new rooms dedicated to sport activities across four floors. Facing the new tramway station and connected to the existing Pagode building by an interior pathway, it distinguishes itself by its luminosity, its transparences and reflections. It indicates the new main entrance of the site.
Within the context of the reinforcement of the tramway line T3, the RATP chose to build their maintenance centre on the northern part of the Jules Ladoumègue stadium while the southern part with its field, grandstands and the gym, remains unchanged.
The equipment of the northern part - soccer field, multipurpose fields and tennis fields (six of them covered) - are rebuilt 8m over the ground on the rooftop of the maintenance centre. The project also includes a new building on the route des Petits Ponts, partially implanted on the esplanade. This building forms the entrance to the centre and comprises an indoor climbing wall, a gym, a dance studio, and a fitness room, as well as grandstands, changing facilities, service equipment, and offices.
The interaction between the new building and the existing one designs a new ‘door’ in front of the new tramway station. The expressive style of the Pagode on one hand and the transparency and lightness of the new building on the other, create a strong dialogue. Two public squares - the already existing square in front of the Pagode and the newly created square on the upper level - assure the continuity of the north-south route and strengthen the legibility of the site.
The tennis building is made of double skin façades with cellular polycarbonate panels. The east façade is protected from direct solar radiation by horizontal wooden sun shading devices, while the others are equipped with vertical lamellas that integrate moveable sun shading devices. The rotation of these lamellas increases or reduces the solar gain and the intensity of light.
DFA/Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes worked with Ingérop, Osmose, Empreinte Roubaix, Oasiis, and Peutz & Associés.