Aurillac Hall France – Prisme Building

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Prisme – Aurillac Hall

French multi-purpose hall building – design by Brisac Gonzalez Architects

14 Mar 2008

Aurillac Building

Multi-purpose hall, Aurillac, Auvergne, central southern France
Jan 2004 – Dec 2007
Design: Brisac Gonzalez Architects

Prisme Aurillac
image © Brisac Gonzalez Architects


The ‘Prisme’, a new 4,500 person capacity multi-purpose hall designed by London-based Brisac Gonzalez was recently inaugurated in Aurillac, France.

Prisme Aurillac Hall
picture © Brisac Gonzalez Architects

Jacques Mezard, President of the Regional government stated that he is ‘extremely pleased by the finished building, which is very loyal to the scheme that he and other jury members chose four years ago’.

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photos © Hélène Binet

Aurillac is at the edge of France’s Massif Central mountain region. The building is situated near the city’s main train station, an area that is under regeneration to provide a stronger link with the city’s historic centre.

This the first completed building in France by Brisac Gonzalez is be a new venue for theatre, concerts, fairs and sports events. It contains retractable seating and demountable stage for versatility.

Three ribbons of concrete that vary in shape and texture define the building. Their juxtaposition delineates the different zones of the building: entry, storage and back of house facilities.

The upper ribbon is made of prefabricated concrete panels with a regular grid of glass bricks. The glass bricks were custom-designed by Brisac Gonzalez and Normandy-based glass specialist Saverbat. The pyramidal shape of the 25 000 glass bricks produces a glimmering effect and dramatic shadows with sunlight. At night the textured glass surface similar to a Fresnel lens increases the intensity of the coloured lighting scheme.

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photos © Hélène Binet

‘The project has been a great challenge, as we have had to deal with a tight building schedule while strictly adhering to a construction budget of one thousand pounds per square meter’, stated Cécile Brisac, director in charge of the project.

Aurillac Hall : Brisac Gonzalez Architects

Surface area: 5 261 m²
Client: Communauté d’agglomération du bassin d’Aurillac
Project value: € 8 500 000
Scope: Shortlisted design competition – 1st prize

Brisac Gonzalez is an award-winning international practice based in London.

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photographs © Brisac Gonzalez Architects

Recent and current projects include: a high-end housing complex and kindergarten in central Moscow; a visual arts centre in Aberdeen; a sports hall in central Paris; and the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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