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retractile covering of the courtyard of the Carré des Arts

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2.017.735,48 EUR excl VAT
Team :
AgwA + Ney
Subcontractors :
Boydens, Ducks scéno, Kahle
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AgwA architecture office and Ney & partners engineers were commissioned for the development of a retractable membrane roof for the exceptional heritage military building known as the Carré des Arts.

In the framework of Mons 2015 european capital of culture, the courtyard housed the "Festival au Carré" and other events run by the art school "Arts²", the city and the regional cultural leader "Le Manège in Mons" (be) and "Maubeuge" (fr). The space can host up to 1200 people. The courtyard, the largest open air courtyard in the city center, is now covered by five large membrane vaults echoing the archs and rythm of the building. The membranes can be completely removed, leaving the heritage site intact. This special structure was designed in order to allow a very easy and fast management from the ground, and to integrate all structural reinforcements in the thickness of the existing concrete structure.

The belgian artist Jean-Luc Moerman painted an immense network of curves on the asphalt of the courtyard : a new floor echoing a new sky.

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pictures © Marie-Françoise Plissart