La Belle électrique

La Belle électrique by Hérault Arnod architectes




La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

Electronic music is a new subject for architecture. Most of the times electro nights take place in spaces that were not specially designed for them: clubs or night clubs, warehouses, fields, stadiums…

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

For the Grenoble project, the aim was to invent a specific architectural system for a new type of spectacle and relationship with the public, whilst allowing concerts with a more traditional configuration.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

The site is a former industrial district today undergoing total mutation. The hall is built next to the Magasin, the Grenoble Centre for Contemporary Art, installed in a hall built by the Eiffel workshops at the end of the 19th century.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

In a context undergoing total mutation, the project is a volume with five branches that gives equal importance to each of its sides. This multidirectional and autonomous shape frees itself from future developments, and there is no risk of its identity being weakened in the future.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

The architecture is rough and efficient, enveloped in a skin made of thick larch boards set at irregular intervals. The appearance of this timber gives the architecture a character that is part archetype, part hyper-modernity. This first layer allows a glimpse into the more mysterious world of the interior.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

The architecture plays with the opposition between the wooden abstract and rough envelope and the façade of the hall, light and transparent suspended curved glass curtain wall.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

Its curved plan gives the interior volume an organic aspect, reinforcing the contrast between the envelope and the body caught inside. The whole forms an organism with the concert hall as its heart. From this heart, the other spaces are organized.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

The space is conceived so that during the concert each spectator can move and shift ambience as he/she pleases. The hall is designed like an asymmetric shell giving artists total freedom to use the space anyway they wish. Several platforms at different heights are provided for the DJs.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

Extending out from the hall, the “chill-out” is a calmer space, extended by balconies where people can go out to get some fresh air or smoke a cigarette during the concert. The entrance pavilions form two urban stage scenes.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin

They are raised and the audience thus becomes part of a stage performance inside these frames and actors of the urban spectacle, blurring the classical distinction between actor and spectator. Source by Hérault Arnod Architectes.

La Belle électrique
Photo © André Morin
  • Location: Grenoble, France
  • Architects: Hérault Arnod Architectes
  • Project Manager: Camille Bérar
  • Project architect: Laetitia Capuano
  • Mechanical Nicolas: Ingénierie
  • Structure:Batiserf
  • Quantity surveyor: Cabinet Denizou
  • Scenography: Ducks Scéno
  • Acoustics: Lasa
  • Client: City of Grenoble
  • Area Usable Floor: 2 790 m2
  • Cost: 6,97 M€ HT
  • Year: 2015
  • Photographs: André Morin, Courtesy of Hérault Arnod Architectes
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Site Plan
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Level 00 Floor Plan
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Level 01 Floor Plan
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Level 02 Floor Plan
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Sections
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Exploded axonometric

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