Case Studies



PROJECT NAME: Sports Complex

LOCATION: Alès, France

PRODUCT: Facade Danpatherm K7 Opal and Clear Softlite, 2,100 m²

ARCHITECT: Agence Didier Richard, France

CONTRACTOR: MCM Mériodionale de Constructions Métalliques, France


THE NEED: The new sports complex in Alès aspires to being a functional place, serving local schools and the city’s sports associations. “Rather than a sports palace, the mayor wanted a tool for the city, with a controlled building cost”, explains Didier Richard, the project architect.

THE DANPAL SOLUTION: Two L-shaped adjacent buildings, fully covered with Softlite clear and opal Danpatherm K7 and reinforced with high protection treatment. One is a classic design and includes a handball and basketball court with a ceiling height of 7m, while the other is lower, 4m in height, and houses martial arts rooms. “We designed two transparent and bright boxes that are neutral during the day and liven up at night thanks to the strip lights, bringing out the adhesive silhouettes of players stuck on the walls”, Didier Richard explains.

THE RESULT: During the day, the walls allow sunlight to enter whatever the time, giving the space the benefit of natural light and limiting the use of artificial lighting. The walls also provide the thermal insulation necessary for this kind of building. According to Didier Richard, “about fifteen degrees is sufficient for the activities that take place in the building. It is not heated when unused and if it gets too hot, a natural ventilation system on the roof handles the extraction of warm air”.