Music – Parisian studio Hérault Arnod architectes completed a sculptural Modern Music Centre located in the heart of a fairground in Northern France that allows visitors to build up their own experience by moving from one place to the other. The project features two scupltural volumes hosting auditoriums and recording studios. A public space called “the deck” links the concrete styurctures running from one side of the building to the other.
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The site is a corner of the Bel Ebat fairground, on the edge of the historic town centre of Evreux in Upper Normandy. “The difficulty lied in the size relation between the rather small and non-centralnew building and the surronding huge and empty esplanade.” Explain at Hérault Arnod architectes. “One of the challenges of the architecture was to create a synergy with the fairground activities”.
To resist and exist in relation to the vast expanse of the fairground, the structure is dense, sculptural and autonomous. The main concert hall is on the first floor and sticks out, overhanging the entrance on the northern side.
For acoustic reasons, separate concrete boxes host the concert rooms and recording studios. The whole structure is enveloped in a light metal skin, a double wall running over-roof that acts as an additional acoustic feature.
From the outside, the volume is opaque, composed of triangular facets, some of them made of polished stainless steel that reflects the surrounding trees. It is imbued with a dual internal motion, the movement of the deck that crosses it and the movement of the roof which rises gradually to envelop the main auditorium.
The deck operates like an immense interior/exterior hall stretching from the street to the esplanade. This course distributes and shows the different entities: main auditorium hall, local radio station studio, recording studios and the club, live-music café with its glass double façade fan folded for acoustic reasons.
The deck opens southwards in order to work as a wide porch, an urban theatre that acts both as a terrace for the club, and as a stage for outdoor concerts or shows. The whole 3020 sqm project becomes an open venue inviting music lovers and Bel Beat fairground visitors to engage reshaping the functionality of the architecture.
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