After two and a half years of construction, the Kindarena Sports Center designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture opened its doors to the public in September. Inhabitants will discover the great architectural prowess of this facility, which is designed to host a broad range of national and international sporting events.
Located on the right bank of the Seine close to the historic center of Rouen, the Kindarena, along with other new facilities (the marina, the h2o science discovery center, the 106 stage for contemporary music, the future Luciline district, the 6th bridge, the Flaubert eco-neighborhood and the new quays…), is a key part of a major area redevelopment project undertaken by the agglomeration of Rouen.
The location of this ambitious group of facilities in an area marked for redevelopment underscores the region’s determination to qualify and improve the area along the banks of the Seine and to create a new center for the agglomeration. The Kindarena’s privileged location in the overall organization of the district, situated between the TEOR interchange station, the Docks 76 and the quays of the Seine means this infrastructure is expected to play a central role in the success of this new urban adventure.
The traditionally monumental character of major sports infrastructures tends to create tears in the urban fabric. However, the office of Dominique Perrault Architecture, the laureate of the International Architecture competition launched in 2006 for the design of the Rouen Sports Center, instead took advantage of the Kindarena project to weave new possibilities for exchange into this fabric and increase the number of attractive urban situations by designing a building able to host a broad range of new uses. The issue of the proper place for sports infrastructures in cities is at the heart of the debate on the best way to achieve successful urban development. This is why the Kindarena, in addition to its function as a sports facility (for over 15 different sports disciplines) is designed to host many other types of events, whether sports-related or cultural, for extended opening hours. Its remarkable architecture affirms its intended purpose as a major civic driver of the intensity of urban life.
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