In the words of open design platform Compagnie-O, the Lyceum Topsportschool in Antwerp, Belgium is a ‘machine à exceller’. “Athletes are often slightly narcissistic and voyeuristic, obsessed with their body, performance and ranking. In response, the interior of the building has a reflective and transparent mood with large surfaces and open views – one is simultaneously observer and observant”.
The 5600 sqm passive building housing a school section and extensive sports infrastructure, accommodates 200 students.
The sports hall, the judo and taekwondo hall and the associated rooms such as fitness and refectory are situated in the concrete base of the building. These rather closed, shielded concrete rooms are where top athletes can fully focus on their athletic performance. In the upper “disc” are classrooms of the school situated behind a full, floor-high glazed façade with a patio at the center of the disc. The changing composition of the glass creates a varying façade, sometimes slightly transparent, sometimes fully reflective.
For the interiors, the designers made creative use of Artigo's ND/UNI rubber tiles, combining the 30-different shades of the collection to create geometric compositions, adding a “sportsman-like” dynamic feel to the floors.