Extension of the multipurpose hall of Venelles

1.332 m²

Venelles Bouches-du-Rhône 13770


This project consists of the extension of the multipurpose hall, the current hall mainly dedicated to basketball, located in the Venelles sports park.
Initiated by the city, this project aims to assert the equipment as a major sports center but also as the venue for the Sports Park.
Several activities grouped together in the same equipment revolve around associative premises and shared meeting places such as the reception, the bar, the sauna and the meeting room.
The equipment, which brings together basketball, dance, martial arts, judo and skiing in one place, becomes a major place of activity in the city and in the Sports Park.

Venelles city

Design team

DE-SO with BDI 84, Ellipse, Gaujard Ingenierie Scop, BE2TL, Altia, EPC

Construction cost
2,211 M. Euros without Vat



The challenge of this project is to make this equipment, which brings together three sports poles, legible and extremely functional. The positioning of the entrance at the articulation of the 3 poles, Basketball, Martial Arts and Dance Well-being and the positioning of the two new poles, one in the East and the other in the North of the existing, allows to:
– “show” users very quickly where each of the three entities are,
– to bring together these 3 entities around common premises,
– densify the occupation of the plot to offer users an interior garden (not included in the program)
– rethink access to the stands of the existing hall and improve the functioning of the existing basketball center (new offices, storage rooms, and the possibility of separating public access and partner access, if necessary, etc.)


“The raw materials intended to be covered must be coated. The choice of materials must be made by seeking, on the one hand, a harmony with the neighboring constructions so that the project remains discreet in its environment and, on the other hand, guarantees of good conservation over time.
All facades and gables of the construction must be treated with the same care.
The openings must be designed to ensure the overall harmony of the construction, they must be more vertical than horizontal. ”
This desire for homogeneity is reflected in the treatment of the facades. The emerging rooms built in a wooden structure and frame, let see the wood outdoors. Wood thorns mark the verticals and fit between / or in front of the metal cladding panels that cover the facades. The cladding distinguishes two types of finish, either full or slightly perforated in the lower part and more widely perforated in the upper part to let in natural light while providing a sun shade in front of the glass bands that surround the top of the rooms.
To give a simplified image of the volumes, the opaque facades of the associated lower premises are covered with the same cladding. On these premises built in masonry, the cladding is assembled in a hollow joint and without wood thorns. These low rooms are open to the outside as much as possible, both to bring natural light to the circulation spaces but also to open up the equipment to the interior garden created to the north of the site.