The double-skinned, lower part of the brick building was clad in Terca facing bricks. “The idea is that the base of the building anchors it to the ground and is reminiscent of a mixture of tree bark and soil,” says Ahmed Faouzi, the municipal architect, about the visual concept. The effect was achieved using Terca Marono bricks in chestnut brown with a deliberately rustic surface. In addition to the basic choice of brick in its irregular shades of brown, the same extruded brick also appears on the façade in a range of colourful variations.
The result is a non-uniform, natural overall look with colourful accents on the base of this modern sporting facility. The sports hall itself is perched – almost floating – on top, and the large windows and lightweight design let lots of light into the gymnasium. The combination of brick, wood and steel panels makes for a durable structure and creates a playful, yet clear, aesthetic for the renovated building. “The robust and homely aspect of the brick base combined with the variety of textures and colours lends a sense of lightness to the building despite its size and height”, says the planner.
The newly renovated sports hall means that not only has the city made one of its most important buildings fit for the future, but it has also upgraded the urban landscape with a colourful, modern structure.