The TEP (Terrain d’Education Physique) in the gardens of Saint-Paul responds to a new sports program issued by the vote of participating budgets and proposes a new diversified offer of open air sports in the quarter of Saint-Paul in Paris’ 4th arrondissement. NP2F architects focused on organizing the project echoing the strength of the place: its own characteristics, its aesthetics (a unique calorimetric specific to the site) and its morphology concerning its length.
The main idea for the project was to develop and characterize the around 3000 m2 of soil by making it more efficient and functional in terms of optimal use for games and sport.
For this, NP2F has set up a sports flooring (toping) made of yellow, white and black aggregates on the entire TEP. Specific sports spaces were set up: the existing track of 100 m with a basketball court, a volleyball/tennis field, a football field and an area for.
In order to organize the different sports, while leaving as much space open as possible to create a relation between each other, ball-impact guards shared by two lots and sportive furniture were installed. Limited by an octagonal ball-guard of 6 m, the area for sport beginners allows children to discover sports through a climbing rock, balance bars, gymnastic rings, a basketball hoop of 170 cm and 3 punching balls.
Following up to the architects previous work on urban sports areas, this project promotes a de compartmentalization of sport spaces in the city and claims a strong vernacular aesthetic on a particularly constrained site.
Additionally to the specific furniture required for the different types of sports, also more neutral urban furniture like a concrete bench and a roll bar were installed that give practitioners infinite and not previously defined ways of usage.