Created with repurposed furniture and sustainable, locally source materials
Atelier du Pont’s design of Arkose Pont de Sèvres in Boulogne, near Paris, provides the functionality for food and fun for family and friends. The 1,800 sq. m complex merges a climbing facility in the city and is created within an unfinished space.
Arranged like a hiking trail, the shop, bar, restaurant, kids’ place, changing rooms and bathrooms, yoga room and climbing wall are each named with the hiking theme in mind: the reserve; the forest; the clearing; the camp; the cave; the fields; and the tall peaks respectively. Materials like locally sourced chestnut, retired climbing ropes, acoustic panels, second-hand accessories and repurposed furnishings have been ingeniously used throughout these areas.
Spaces of varying heights of what was formerly a parking garage surround the new Vieux Pont de Sèvres passageway in Boulogne. The typology of a climbing facility has proven to be ideal for this unusual site. It was necessary, however, to join the two spaces situated on opposite sides of the passageway - with a tunnel! The athletics facility in the core of the city is proving to a much-needed healthy hang-out spot and strong contribution to the community.
Location: Boulogne, France
Architects: Atelier du Pont
Consultants: SMEF Azur and Delta Fluides
Suppliers: Milleforma for the natural acoustic panels - Estampille for the gratings, wood and tension cables
Photos by: Vincent Leroux and Fred Delangle, courtesy of Atelier du Pont