Grande Halle
Built on the initiative of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, this facility stands on the site of the old SNCF railway workshops, opposite the Gallo-Roman necropolis known as the Alyscamps. The ‘Great Hall of pictures’ hosts events linked to the annual ‘Rencontres de la photo’ event in Arles; it is a showcase for new creation technologies such as digital and virtual imagery. Time was when workshops were hidden here, but now the place exhibits cultural activities. Façades and interiors express this new status. The north roof is equipped with 11 km of LEDs over all its surface, and at night becomes an immense screen of 3000 m². The mesh of diodes can relay video images, graphics, stills or colour washes. This place is a window open to the future, a support for relaying and diffusing creation and imagination, merging activities linked to economics, culture and digital science. Arts exit the museums, the internet and individualism. They become part of the city. A large steel claustra marked by a random triangular pattern forms the new public entrance façade. We see this place as a huge body capable of all sorts of things, and we have equipped it to host exhibitions and spectacles. Competition winning project Client: PACA Region Location: SNCF workshops, avenue Victor Hugo, 13200 Arles Area: 7 000 m² Mission: architecture Cost of works exc. tax: 7 M € Delivery: October 2007 Associate architect : Philippe Donjerkovic Engineering: Alma Provence (general construction), IG TECH (fluids), RFR (façades), Ecibat (structure), Ayda (acoustics), Fabrice Bougon (costs surveyor), ACL (lighting design), Norisko (fire security)


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