Blackbird, public gymnasium
This project involved the complete renovation of an existing old gymnasium that was built in the 1950s in a basement. The goal of this structural exercise was to create a public gymnasium that would become a draw of the park while providing a roof over a very large area.
This design was chosen for its unique and attractive shape and taking into account the axis of the city. Concerning the roof structure, the shape of the wings of a bird gives the building more lightness.
Constraints included the dimensions of the gymnasium but also the
brightness inside the building. A standard roof would have required a too large load-bearing structure. In order to avoid having to build a disproportionate structure, a roof was imagined. Its different parts are joined together at a single point. It can be opened to provide more light.