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Espace Omar Sahnoun


Construction of a sports and recreation complex

Commune de Saint-Jean-d’Illac
OLGGA (Lead Architect)
Atelier Cambium (Associate Architects)
Design team
ITH (structural engineering, MEP, HVAC), Alternative (acoustics), Calixte Tinard (QS)
Image Credits
Johan Ong
Saint-Jean-d’Illac (33), France
Construction of a sports and recreation complex
Surface area
Construction works
5M€ pre-tax

How does one accommodate heterogeneous programmes with different activities, volumes, functions, and times of use? How to respect their autonomy while creating a significant centre? Our proposal consists of two main parts: the first is a unified architectural vision consisting of simple volumes covered with a light-coloured metal cassette cladding that can be adapted to different scales. The second is an urban decision, as the complex abuts a pedestrian alley that connects the town centre to the Jalle, a small brook. This new walkway redefines the existing athletics field and petanque ground.

With its structure stretching from west to east, the Espace Omar Sahnoun has a covered walkway that accesses all the programmes that branch off from it. It will also access the town’s future promenade along the Jalle and the petanque ground.


The alleyway is a veritable zone of interfacings. The programme currently has five connected entities, and this may increase in the future, depending on the town’s wishes. The open spaces are well suited to temporary uses that bring the inhabitants together.

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