…as they say.
French architects Agence Search designed the Mantes-la-Jolie Water Sports Center near the Seine. True to its function as an aquatics center, the structure has a wave-inspired, undulating roof and facade of metal. Certainly, this isn’t the first (or last, surely) such aquatics center to be designed with the curving, lapping motion of waves as inspiration. That aside, I think the architects did a fine job with the overall design, right down to the details. For instance, I like the large, north-facing wall of wood and glass – a wall-to-wall window that lets visitors look out at the landscape. There is also a field of low-lying sedum on the roof of the building, suggesting the shape of the hills just beyond. Even the screen along the facade of the center emulates waves – actually waves within waves.
Photographs were taken by Emile Dubuisson.