Architectural firm Microclimat designed La Taule, a sports centre that invites people to excel. The studio imagined a large open space on two levels that hosts under the same roof both hanging gymnast rings and facilities for body-builders and fitness enthusiasts.
The combination of red cedar, cherry wood and steel helps create a warm and inviting space that lends itself to the members’ sense of belonging.
Every element of the project was conceived for those who use the centre. The mezzanine’s structure supports the horizontal bars. The wide stairway can also be used for training. The roof where the gymnasts’ rings are attached allows athletes to hang 25 feet in the air.
The compact form of the new building reduces the size of the foundations and of the outside walls, freeing up a large part of the property and creating an outdoor training zone. In summer, large sliding glass doors can link the indoor and outdoor activities.
La Taule sports centre takes its name from an abandoned former prison that was transformed into a fitness centre in 2010. In 2014, the founder purchased a property in a developing sector of Waterloo in order to build with the support of local entrepreneurs a centre better suited to the activities of the centre’s clientele: both elite and amateur athletes.
Founded in 2013, Microclimat is a budding firm whose work ethos is grounded in the principle that “architecture and the environment in which it evolves, are perpetually feeding one another”.
All photos by Adrien Williams, courtesy of Microclimat via v2com.