Archi5 and Tecnova architecture collaborated on the design for a multi-sports complex for the residents of Antony, a suburban community located in southern Paris.
The center features a basalt facade and a roof garden. The basalt cladding, which is made up of a variety of different hues, was locally sourced. A representative from Archi5 explained, "What we sought to spark off was people's curiosity and a thirst for mystery; a child's fascination to know what's inside the big box. This led us to design this huge, dark monolith, which is a break from local architecture."
A steel structure supports the faceted rooftop garden, which is punctured by skylights that enhance the natural light the complex receives. Inside, the space accommodates a variety of different facilities, including a martial arts dojo and a dance hall.