in nîmes of southern france, an exuberant city filled with artists, is the 'paloma' complex by french firm tetrarc. dedicated to contemporary music,
the venue integrates two concert halls, twelve rehearsal and recording studios, six accommodations for performers in residence, administration offices
and technical facilities. an exterior shell made form zinc emerges from the ground and begins to stretch, fray and break apart near the edges.
a large screen protrudes from the northwest facade, announcing events and performers.
inside, bold colors saturate the rooms where the public and artists meet. representing the colors of the bullfight, a bright yellow and purple foyer,
stairway and patio along with red entries to the main concert halls. geometries of the walls evoke a bullfighters movements while images
of the crowd are projected over the seats within the large auditorium.
floor plan / level 0
project timeline: competition_2008, study_2009/10 completion_september 2012
building surface: 5611 m2 shon
architect: tetrarc architects,
project manager: michel bertreux
project director: rémi tymen
study: olivier perocheau, richard sicard, florent delaboudinière, timothée naux
landscape designer: louise follin
computer graphics designer: mikaël trocmé
construction site: guillaume blanchard, marc-antoine bouyer, alice pedel
client: city of nîmes
structural engineer: bet structure_ e2c bet fluides and hqe_ area opc_ cmb + bernard poissonier economist economist_cmb scenography_
architecture et technique acoustics_ atelier rouch
photography: stéphane chalmeau
program: concert hall 1300 seats, club room 390 seats, 7 recording
and training studios, artists in residence studios, offices