Multinational architecture firm Brisac Gonzalez has been awarded planning consent for the Pajol Sports Centre in Paris.

The £6.5m ($10m) scheme is part of a regeneration master plan for a brownfield site on the Rue Pajol near the Gare du Nord in the 18th arrondissement.

The practice beat four other shortlisted firms to win the commission in late 2006, according to

Brisac Gonzalez director Cecile Brisac said the practice was asked to create a building that set a new benchmark for the environmental certification of sports buildings in France.

The 4,060m² building comprises various textures and plays with light to create interest.

Between the textured prefabricated concrete panel-clad upper floor and the ground level martial arts and fitness centre lies the glazed public entrance space at ground level.

The top floor’s main 47m×42m sports hall features sculpted north-facing roof openings to offer natural light while photovoltaic panels and natural ventilation will reduce energy consumption.