Centre Aqualudique Aqualagon, in Marne-la-Vallée

As part of the development of a resort village in Marne-la-Vallée in Seine-et-Marne, the Villages Nature du Val d’Europe entrusted the construction of the water complex to architect Jacques Ferrier. The project comprises three separate entities: the water pavilion containing the swimming pools (110×80 m with a maximum height of 27 metres), the air pavilion featuring a 17-metre high tower called the “Air Pavilion” and the outdoor lagoon with swimming pools to create a total bathing area of 2,500 m2. The capital of the water pavilion is made of a mixed wooden and concrete structure resting on High Performance Concrete columns. The challenge was to geometrically streamline this folded surface inspired by the origami forming a garden open to the general public. In general the roof comprises a succession of ramps and glass walls supported by 52 oblique beams resting on lattice girders over a variable height tangent to its surface. The study includes the analysis of the transfer of humidity in the roofing complex in collaboration with CSTB in order to check that there is no fungal risk in the roofing complex. The real fire stability analysis was performed with the Efectis firm. The study was carried out in collaboration with engineers Henry Bardsley and Wolfgang Winter.

Housing and public building
Materials and construction systems
Concrete and prestressed concrete, Glass, Masonry, Steel frame, Wood frame
France, France, Marne-la-Vallée (FR-77)
Structural design stages
JFA Jacques Ferrier Architecture
Pierre & Vacances, Disney
Associate Engineering Offices
Conseils : Henry Bardsley / Robert Jan Van Santen (VS-A) / Wolfgang Winter (ITI)
8000 ㎡
Photo credits
JFA Jacques Ferrier Architecture, Luc Boegly, C&E
American Architecture Prize Institutional Architecture 2017, TEKLA Award for the best Metal framework model BIM 2014
Completion date