Sports Hall in Villaz-Saint-Pierre, Swiss Sports Building

Swiss Multipurpose sports hall, Villaz-Saint-Pierre Building, Design, Alpine Architecture

Sports Hall in Villaz-Saint-Pierre : Swiss Building

Sports Building Switzerland – design by mcm architectes

30 Apr 2012

Multipurpose sports hall in Villaz-Saint-Pierre


Multipurpose sports hall in Villaz-Saint-Pierre

Design: Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann, architectes dipl. EPFL FAS SIA

The village of Villaz-Saint-Pierre is built on a hilltop facing the Plateau and the Fribourg Alps. The new multipurpose sports hall is located below the church and the village square.

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In reference to the principle of terraced siting typical of this land, the new hall hugs the slope: the upper level constitutes the main access through a foyer while the large hall on the lower level opens up to afford a view of the countryside. The treatment of the façades is expressed by successive layers, which reveal the thickness of the cladding through the interaction of transparency.

As if to assign these layers to the structure’s different functions, the covering in untreated larch wood extends beyond the base. With planks positioned so as to allow the visitor to see through the cladding, the new structure acquires a strong presence, an identity. Mounted on rack supports, the slope of the planks varies with the height of the view – vertical at the top, then more and more horizontal towards the bottom. This focus on expression underscores the horizontality of the volume while attenuating its volumetric impact.

As expressed by the foyer’s large opening, certain perspectives are framed with precision while others, such as those of the cemetery and car park, are filtered to reduce their impact on the visual experience of users inside. The roof structure features a frame of laminated wooden beams with a 2.45 m grid and affords a feeling of ample space to the interior, beyond the perimeter of the hall. The use of wood has allowed to keep the expression and scale of volume under control through simple means without adversely affecting the public and representative character expected of a multipurpose hall.

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Multipurpose sports hall in Villaz-Saint-Pierre – Building Information

Address: Route de l’Église 19
Zip code: 1690
Town: Villaz-Saint-Pierre, FR
Country: Switzerland

Competition: 1999
Building period: 1999-2002
Status: Completed

Function: Sports
Floor levels: Underground, ground
Gross floor area: SIA 1,670 m2
Volume SIA: 10,300 m3
Global cost CFC 1-9: 5,050,000 Frs
M3 cost SIA CFC 2: 390 Frs

Client: Communes of Lussy, Villarimboud and Villaz-Saint-Pierre
Architects: Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann, architectes dipl. EPFL FAS SIA
Assistants: Mojca Zavodnik, Sandra Leitao, François Eugster
Civil engineer: Etec SA and Boss & associés SA
Photographer: Thomas Jantscher
Electrical engineer: Pasquier & Scherler
Sanitary engineer: Dessibourg Énergie SARL

Multipurpose sports hall in Villaz-Saint-Pierre images / information from Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann, architectes dipl. EPFL FAS SIA

Location:Route de l’Église 19, Villaz-Saint-Pierre, Switzerland

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