HART BERTELOOT ATELIER ARCHITECTURE TERRITOIRE, France
2014 - 2015
Sharing public spaces
Activity and Dance Centre
Usable floor area
The “Activity and dance centre” project in Quesnoy-sur-Deûle was originally intended to replace an existing dance school, but then became a local community building project. In order to leave space for a shared garden on the west side of the complex, the new building is located as close as possible to adjoining properties. It consists of three recreation rooms, which open onto the outdoor space through large bay windows. The outdoor space is shared with a nearby school and day care centre and serves as a play area for the children. It is framed by a long peripheral wall, which shadows the building. The whole complex is constructed from white clinker bricks and concrete without any finishing work. Cleared of anything superfluous, the brick and concrete architecture fades into the background. Built along an alley leading to a canal, the project takes advantage of the slope of its site to form a transition area between the village centre and the “Activity and dance centre”. The construction costs were minimized by carefully selecting locally produced and recycled materials. As a result, this community building combines sustainability with usability and fits harmoniously into its environment.