When the United States looks towards Mayenne

On October 9, 2021, the Espace Mayenne sports and cultural Zenith was inaugurated in Laval. The building impresses across the Atlantic.

A Zenith to the size of the ambitions of the Departmental Council for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games explained to SPORTMAG, Vincent Saulnier, departmental councilor and chairman of the Mayenne 2024 committee. The architecture of the Space impresses even in the United States, where the magazine Architectural Record grants him an article.

Important sports equipment for the County Council

Highly invested in the development of sport, the Mayenne Departmental Council has been heavily involved in the construction of this sporting and cultural Zenith. On the sporting side, it is “a Zenith which includes three large rooms, two of which are mainly intended for sport. We have a room with 3800 places and a smaller one with almost 1500 places which includes one of the main climbing walls in Europe. We are on a wall that is 56 m wide and 17 m high. We have already hosted a European Cupin the fall we will host a round of the World Cup”, explains Vincent Saulnier. Indeed, the Espace Mayenne is an integral part of the sports policy of the Departmental Council as a tool of attractiveness, but also of cohesion for the Mayenne territory.

A highlighted architecture

The famous American magazine Architectural Record, which aims to highlight “innovative projects in the United States and around the world” published an article on the Espace Mayenne on August 1st. A space described as being “a Swiss knife” by Yves Arnod, one of the architects of the project and founder, with Nathalie Hérault, of the firm Hérault Arnold Architectures. It is this dimension of multifunctional building that Andrew Ayers highlights in his article named “Sport and spectacle combined at the Espace Mayenne”. The author is also interested in the question of taking into account the external environment in the construction of the building, whether it is the nearby cycle track, the surrounding fields, or the new neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. The Espace Mayenne fits perfectly into its environment.

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