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0801 Carré des Arts
retractile covering of the courtyard of the Carré des Arts

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Cost :
3.921.908,00 EUR excl VAT
Team :
AgwA + Ney & Partners
Subcontractors :
dUCKS scéno - Kahle acoustics - Boydens
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The covering of the Carré des Arts ins Mons is a project between roof and tent, is intrinsically technological, and seems to escape the traditional field of architecture. Consequently, the project was about the definition of an attitude towards theses aspects. A common ground had to be found between structure, technique, and spatiality.

1. manutention / The first option is an «unconstructed» structure. While the roof is merely textile and has to be rebuilt each time, the only permanent structure are anchoring points on the floor and the roof edges. The Carré des Arts becomes essentially potential, as any future possibility is opened through the grid of anchors.

2. articulated structure / In the second option, is a made-to-measure one. The articulation of the textile structure itself allows to cover partially or totally the square. Permanent rails on the facades guide the mechnanisme that fold and unfold this accordeon-like roof.

3. retractable roofs / The third option is the catalogue-based one. A network of slank beams grid the sky above the roofs themselves. The defined «tiles» receive prefabricated retractable roofs, which are fully ready-made and automatised. A wide range of uses is made possible from total covering to complete opening.

A grid of thin steel beams is placed right upon the rooftops, above the protected historical edifice. This new sky does not disturb the courtyard. It only induces a new, immaterial skin of shadow and light on the ancient courtyard.

The openings are provided with mass produced, automated domestic rooftents.
The geometry of the structure is defined exclusively by forces and by the technological requirements (geometry of the tents, water evacuation) The structure is all-solving and merely utilitarian.

This project is will be one of the highlight of Mons, European capital of culture in 2015.

After a complete developement including the tender documentation, this project was suppressed and replaced by the first option (membranes) due to budgetary restrictions.