Round windows of Archery House echo shooting range targets - architecture and design

Round windows of Archery House echo shooting range targets



A wooden shutter slides to uncover the target-shaped window of a brick building in France by architects Boman that provides facilities for an archery range.
Called Archery House, the building is located in the greenbelt area of Fontenay-aux-roses on the outskirts of Paris.

Measuring just 49-square-metres in size, the building provides space for storage, a bathroom and a large seating area.
Viewers can look out through the giant circular window onto the shooting range.

Surrounded by hedgerows, the site is on a secluded pocket of green space.
"Its isolated location and natural aesthetics give shape to a poetic and original construction, where archers and the natural world meet," said the studio.

Load-bearing walls of perforated terracotta brick walls have been left without any additional finishing or cladding. Pastel pink concrete frames the round windows and the lintels above doors, creating a contrast with the rough texture of the brickwork.

Inside, these concrete elements also provide a stark contrast to the white walls of the interiors, focusing attention out through the windows.

The largest round window faces directly onto the range, with two smaller, porthole-like windows. These can be covered with hinged wooden shutters as required.

To create a "dynamic facade" the architects designed the large sliding shutter for the viewing window.
This defining feature of the facade allows the building to be closed-off from the range and landscape when nece...
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