Sports centre La Fraineuse

Architect: Baukunst with Bureau Bouwtechniek
Client: Communauté Française
Advisors: Bureau d'études Greisch (techniques end stability), Bas Smets (landscape architects), Bureau d'études Lemaire (EPB), Sixco (safety coordination)
Location: Spa
Surface: new building 2.051 m², renovation 3.422 m², exterior construction 6.260 m²
Budget: € 8.180.000
Status: terminated

© Baukunst
© Maxime Delvaux

Project Support I Collaboration

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Construction of a new Meeting Centre and renovation of the Sports Centre site in Spa. At this site, a castle (le Chatêau), youth hostel (l'Hébergément), sports hotel (l'Hôtel de l'Olympique), athletics track, offices (la Frainette) and the outside space were renovated. The new reception building offers space for a reception hall, cafeteria and locker rooms.

Insulating concrete and façade engineering
The structure of the Meeting Centre is built with insulating concrete. Following the architect's vision, both the inner and outer walls are built of a solid element and, consequently, visually and structurally are identical. Bureau Bouwtechniek investigated the Belgian market and entered into a collaboration with Interbeton for the development and realization of insulating concrete.

In function of the architect's vision, the BB investigation focused mainly on:

  • the consequences of this material choice for the construction detailing
  • humidity and the water-proofing of this material
  • insulation value of the insulating concrete
  • aging of the material
  • type of covering in function of the exposed concrete

Athletics track
Bureau Bouwtechniek made a detailed study of materials in function of weather conditions for the description and realization of the athletics track.

Bureau Bouwtechniek is responsible for the complete construction-technical support of architect firm Baukunst from the tendering phase. BB is responsible for technical assistance during the design process, the layout of the implementation plans, the development of technical details, the blueprint of constructional specifications and estimates. BB leads the monitoring of the implementation.

Team BB: prof. arch. Jan Moens, arch. Francesca Crosby

La Fraineuse in Domus