Since February 2019, residents in the commune of Celles-en-Hainaut in Belgium can do sports, dance or take yoga classes in a brand-new sports hall with a look that clearly stands out from the rest. What makes this complex so unique? The building façade and the Rockpanel Woods boards that are applied. The façade panels stand out thanks to the variety in colours and dimensions.
Just next to the Maison de l’Entité in Celles, a municipal park and five outdoor sports areas, stood an old, dilapidated building in need of a face-lift. Architect Michel Meyrant went for a contemporary design that is perfectly integrated into the rural surroundings. It was quite a challenge, as the two main buildings were made of traditional materials such as brick and typical roof tiles while another more recent building consisted of concrete and corrugated sheets.
Rockpanel Woods available with A2 fire class rating.
Four designs from the Rockpanel Woods range were used for the new sports hall: Ceramic oak, Carbon oak, Rhinestone oak and Slate oak. The ‘treehouse school’ (NL) was a great source of inspiration. The panels with authentic wood designs were applied to the façade in various thicknesses and sizes to create a playful effect. A first for A3MENUISERIE, the company that applied the façade cladding: “The installation was more than unusual. We cut the panels to various dimensions in our workshop (heights of 30, 27, 21 and 14 cm) and then mixed up the colours and thicknesses. It resulted in a unique design.”
Rockpanel Woods façade boards are made from compressed basalt stone fibres with a water based paint. The boards are robust, and durable and self-cleaning. They are as easy to install as if they were made of real wood – they are light weight and can be cut and installed with traditionally tools also used for wood. Rockpanel Woods are available with A2 fire rating and can therefore complies with newest UK fire regulations.
An extraordinary project
The building really catches the eye. Day and night! Michel Meyrant: “The sports hall is naturally lit by large aluminium windows fitted with awnings. These give the building a contemporary look and support the comfort of the users. In the evening, the façades are enlightened by LED spotlights.” The sports hall includes a multipurpose room for various sports activities (dance, yoga, gymnastics, etc.), three changing rooms, a bar with a storage area, public toilets and a toilet for the disabled.
Everyone involved in the project is extremely satisfied with the end result. “It’s a really lovely building and a great reference for our company,” A3MENUISERIE concludes.
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