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Senda di Dragun

Senda dil Dragun in Graubünden

At eye level

The “Senda dil Dragun” is the longest tree-top walk in the world. It combines nature and state-of-the-art technology, in spectacular fashion.

“Senda dil Dragun” in Laax creates a special experience of nature and sensitizes visitors to the forest and its inhabitants on the path created.

Graubünden is home to one of the longest treetop trails in the world. With a length of 1.56 kilometres and a height of 28 metres, the “Senda dil Dragun” is a unique natural experience. A long footbridge leads through the middle of the forest in Laax. Here visitors can experience the spruces, firs and pines of the Laax forest from an unusual perspective at a height of 2 to 28 metres.

Sometimes at eye level with the tops of the mountain forest and in other places close above the forest floor where young trees and ferns grow.

The “Senda dil Dragun” (Dragon Path) has a Rhaeto-Romanic name and its dimensions make it one of the longest treetop paths in the world. Some other trails in the world are longer, but they touch the ground. Not like the path in Laax. Supported on stilts, the Senda dil Dragun floats continuously above the forest floor.

As a filigree structure, Webnet offers great tensioning force and sufficient flexibility.

The project in Laax creates a special experience of nature and sensitizes visitors to the forest and its inhabitants on the path created. Hidden between the trees, the dragon path winds its way through the landscape along as natural a line as possible. In doing so, the path shows consideration for the tree population. Visible from afar are the two ascent towers in Laax Murschetg and Laax Dorf. The towers are 37 and 27 metres high.

For the railings, towers and barrier fences of the tree top walk, the planners of the project were looking for a transparent, lightweight and high-quality element as infill and fall protection.

The stainless steel mesh Webnet fulfils exactly these requirements. As a filigree structure, Webnet offers great tensioning force and sufficient flexibility. The net is weatherproof through all seasons, extremely hard-wearing and requires virtually no maintenance. An ideal solution for the construction of a forest path.

A total of around 3,200 square meters of Webnet were installed. The longest individual Webnet element is around 60 meters long.

Jakob Rope Systems delivered the individual nets to Laax, cut to size. A total of around 3,200 square meters of Webnet were installed there. The longest individual Webnet element is around 60 meters long. All Webnet elements are integrated into round tube frame constructions. The treetop path is also accessible to visitors in winter. In order not to damage the Webnet elements during snow clearing work, protective skirting boards were installed along the railings.

For the integration of the Webnet elements into the overall construction project, Jakob Rope Systems worked together with the architects from Hofmann & Durisch (Flims Dorf). The metal construction work was carried out by the company Ragettli Metallbau AG (Flims Dorf).

 

Project data

Stainless steel mesh

Jakob AG
Dorfstrasse 34
CH – 3555 Trubschachen

Designer

Hofmann + Durisch AG
Via Nova 17
CH – 7017 Flims-Dorf

Operator

Flims Laax Falera

Metallbau

Ragletti Metallbau AG
Via Punt la Reisga 14
Ch – 7017 Flims Dorf

Opening

2021

Photograph

Jakob Rope Systems

Author

Jakob Rope Systems

Address

Senda dil Dragun | Baumwipfelpfad
Via Murschetg
CH – 7032 Laax

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Lulu Mall Abu Sidra

Lulu Mall Abu Sidra

Shop & Jog

NEW AND ATTRACTIVE SHOPPING DESTINATION IN QATAR. ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS IS THE OUTDOOR RUNNING TRACK.

CITY JOGGING IS quite hip – FOR EXAMPLE AROUND LULU MALL IN ABU SIDRA, FOR EXAMPLE, ON THE POLYCOMP JOGGING TRACK.

The Lulu Mall in Abu Sidra is a new and attractive shopping destination in Qatar. The mix of shopping and leisure activities as well as their design (which is based on the dunes which are typical of the region) are striking and promising of success.

Due to this mixed use, the Lulu Mall in Abu Sidra with its adjoining park together with sports and leisure facilities will quickly become a popular meeting place. One of the reasons for this is the Polycomp Jogging Track from Melos.

Running is one of the most popular and widespread sports in the world. You can run almost anywhere because running paths can be found both in the city and in the country.

City jogging and sight running are very popular. It is a combination of running and sightseeing, where you can discover our cities from completely different perspectives. For example, around the Lulu Mall in Abu Sidra, for example, on the Polycomp Jogging Track.

ON THE 850 M² AREA, NOT ONLY ACTIVE SPORTS PEOPLE, BUT ALSO THE MALL VISITORS WILL FIND AN ATTRACTIVE AND HEALTHY OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE UNDER THE OPEN SKY.

The newly designed jogging track has been expanding the mall’s provisions for joggers and pedestrians since July 2020. On the 850 m² area, not only active sports people but also mall visitors will find an attractive and healthy opportunity to exercise in the open air after shopping.

The Polycomp Jogging Track System from Melos was installed for the outdoor running track. It is, especially in comparison to the usual asphalt sidewalks, extremely elastic and easy on the joints. 

The Polycomp Jogging Track is characterised as a waterproof and multi-layered surface. It consists of a base layer and a cast top layer with a grainy, rough surface formed by the sprinkling  of granulate. The structured surface gives the Polycomp Jogging Track its anti-slip properties. The system impresses both amateur and professional sports people with its good sport-functional properties. 

The construction:

Base coating
The base coating serves as a bonding bridge between the Polycomp Jogging Track and the existing substrate (concrete/asphalt).

Elastic layer
It consists of PUR-bound EPDM granules and enables a comfortable running experience.

Pore closure
The pore closure ensures that the system is impermeable to water.

Coating
Consists of PUR-bound EPDM granules and is available in different colors.

THE SUCCESS OF THE LULU MALL IN ABU SIDRA IS ALSO BASED ON THE INTERLOCKING OF THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR THE POLYCOMP JOGGING TRACK IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT IN THIS

The  Polycomp  Jogging Track is installed seamlessly on site and can be installed  directly  on  existing asphalt or concrete 

All components of the Polycomp Jogging Track System have been extensively tested for their weather resistance and captivate as a result of years of constant quality –  of course also outdoors.

The planners did not just want to create a shopping centre but rather a communicative and interactive complex. With more than 200 shops, varied entertainment programs and health and wellness centers, the Lulu Mall in Abu Sidra is set to become very popular very quickly.

This is also due to the interlinking of the interior and exterior. The Polycomp Jogging Track from Melos is an important part of this.

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AEB Qatar

Track

Melos GmbH
Bismarckstrasse 4-10
D-49324 Melle

Address

Abu Sidra Mall
PB. 9763
Ar-Rayyan
Katar

Opening

2020/21

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AEB

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Beyond Survival Safe Space

Beyond Survival Safe Space Safe

Gimme shelter

Beyond Survival Safe Space is an extremly important social gathering place in the Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Refugee Camp covers eight square kilometres – and wants to offer a little protection.

The Rohingya are an ethnic group in Myanmar. The United Nations classifies them as the “most seriously persecuted minority in the world”. They suffer forced labour, illegal detention, torture, rape and murder. An estimated 1.5 million Rohingya live stateless in exile, many of them in Bangladesh.

With the ‘Beyond Survival’ safe space, architect Rizvi Hassan continues to introduce community-centric, bamboo structures within the Rohingya refugee camp, a temporary ‘city’ which sprawls across five square miles of Bangladesh

While the massive camp hosts more than six hundred thousand Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar, the newly built ‘Beyond Survival’ safe space offers Rohingya women and girls a place of retreat, serving as a place for learning, creating, and sharing.

The materials used are very simple and available nearby.

The project comprises a socially engaging design and build process which served to benefit participants of all genders. The team took note that male participants from the camp were eager to involve their family members – wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters — with the center’s activities.

With the ‘Beyond Survival’ safe space, the architect favored simple materials which were locally available. as the project had been constructed quickly and on an emergency basis, the structure was built using untreated bamboo — a material which will decay in few years and will be replaced with treated bamboo. the roofing material is made up of straw and waterproof tarp, a composite which must be changed in one year and replaced with alternative durable materials for longer use.

The materials and exterior design avoid disturbance for elephants.

While the project’s interior is expressed with vibrant, cheerful colors, the exterior appears more ‘ragged’, visually integrating with its natural and built surroundings. Its texture and color palette draw influence from the ‘paner boroj,’ or betel leaf, often seen in the surrounding rice fields.

Beyond survival is very near to an asian elephant habitat and one can often see elephants getting down from the hills at the backgrounds. The material and exterior scheme avoids disturbance for elephants. however, red and yellow colors don’t distract elephants either so was used for interior court and several openings.’

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Architects

Rizvi Hassan
Bangladesh

Client

Forcefully Displaced Myanmar Nationals
(supported by Unicef & BRAC)

Team

Shah Alam (Technical Team Head, BRAC Hcmp), Rizvi Hassan (Architect), Biplob Hossain (Engineer), Hasan Tarek (Engineer), Shahidul Islam Khan, Tahrima Akter, Sheikh Jahidur Rahman, Saad Ben Mostafa, Abdullah Al Mamun, Abdur Rahman, Kala Hossain, Anwar & others

Address

Nayapara Refugee Camp
Dhumdumia
Bangladesch

Opening

2019

Photograph

Rizvi Hass

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Arc en Ciel

Arc en Ciel in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

One more

How a small school in densely populated Brussels creates space for itself – especially on the roof.

Label Architecture expanded “Arc en Ciel” with four classrooms and new outdoor areas. The roof areas played a special role in this.

Located in the midst of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode – the neighborhood with the highest population density in Belgium – the already crowded school and daycare centre “Arc en Ciel” wanted to increase its capacity with extra classrooms along with new outdoor spaces.

The internal organisation allows  to gather an ensemble of smaller functions and to turn them into two big classrooms on each floor. Furthermore, the duplication of the existing facade creates a new circulation, avoids an enfilade of classes and provides extra storage space for the pupils.

The existing gap between the buildings was closed by adding a storey with new classrooms.

Moreover, the new facade drastically improves the overall thermal performance of the building.

These same tactics are applied to provide more outdoor space for the school. By inserting a concrete structure, the ground surface of the playground is doubled.

This “table” covers a collection of playground equipment on the ground floor, while its roof is used as an enclosed sports field.

Arc en Ciel now has some exceptional qualities to offer. Above all, the two large outdoor areas are a clear response to a dense environment.

On the corner, the cavity between the two buildings is filled with the addition of 4 new classrooms. The existing staircase is extended to giving access to the new level and its roofsurface.

Here, accompagnied by an impressive view on Brussels, the daycare centre finds its new outdoor space and presents itself to the neighborhood.

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Architects

Label Architecture
Rue de Flandre 121
BEL – 1000 Brussels

Client

Municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Construction

JZH & Partners

Address

Arc en Ciel
Rue de l’Abondance 17
BEL – 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Opening

2019

Photograph

Stijn Bollaert

Author

Label Architecture

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Park ‘n’ Play

Park ’n‘ Play in Copenhagen

The roof is on fire

Park ‘n’ Play turns a monofunctional parking garage into an attractive public space.

Park ‘n’ Play is a perfect example of how to overcome mono-functional parking garages.

Park ‘n’ Play is a new car park situated in Århusgadekvarteret, the first phase of a major development plan for Copenhagen Nordhavn. The neighbourhood is currently under development and will host a mix of new and existing buildings in the future.

The starting point for the competition design was a conventional car park structure. The task was to create an attractive green façade and a concept that would encourage people to use the rooftop.

JAJA Architects transform the gray concrete framework into something friendly, which already radiates warmth and harmony through its materiality and surfaces.

Instead of concealing the parking structure, JAJA Architects proposed a concept that enhances the beauty of the structural grid while breaking up the scale of the massive façade. A system of plant boxes is placed in a rhythm relating to the grid, which introduces a new scale while also distributing the greenery across the entire façade.

The grid of plant boxes on the facade is then penetrated by two large public stairs, which have a continuous railing that becomes a fantastic playground on the rooftop. A mere railing is transformed into swings, ball cages, jungle gyms and more. From street level, the railing literally takes the visitors by the hand, invites them on a trip to the rooftop landscape and amazing view of the Copenhagen Harbour.

Park ‘n’ Play is based on a standard, pre-defined concrete structure. The traditional concrete parking structure may appear cold and hard. As a natural continuation of the area’s red brick identity, JAJA Architects propose to color the concrete structure red. With this simple measure, the grey frame is transformed into a unique building structure, which radiates warmth and intimacy through its materiality and surface, in harmony with the surroundings that are dominated by red roof tiles and bricks.

The crucial element of this parking garage is the accessible, playable and recreational roof.

The basic principle of an active car park is the idea of an accessible and recreational roof offered to local inhabitants and visitors alike. Visibility and accessibility are therefore essential when creating a living roof.

The staircase has references to Centre Pompidou, where the movement along the façade is an experience in itself. Along the back wall of the staircase, JAJA Architects worked with RAMA Studio to create a graphical frieze, which, in an abstract, figurative form conveys the history of the area. 

The narrative can be seen from street level, and followed more closely when the visitor ascends along the staircase. Along here, alternative access points to the parking levels are established. The frieze tells a story of past and future, and becomes a modern tale of the area’s industrial history and its future as Copenhagen’s new development by the harbour.

The mix of parking garage, playground and attractive destination makes the project unique.

The red thread is a physical guide through the parking structure’s public spaces, which leads the visitor from street level, where the guide is introduced as a handrail on the staircase. As a sculptural guide it almost literally takes the visitor by the hand, and leads along the stairs to the top of Park ‘n’ Play and through the activity landscape on the roof. 

Here, it becomes a sculpture and offers experiences, resting spaces, play areas and spatial diversity. Activities along the red thread are traditional such as swings, climbing sculptures etc., but also more architectural elements such as fencing and plants, which emphasises or establishes spaces while providing shelter from the weather.

As such the structure becomes a red thread through the project, and connects the façade, the stairs and the activities on the roof as one single element. Copenhagen’s new car park Park ‘n’ Play already is a social meeting ground and an active part of its local environment – as an urban bonus for locals, athletes and visitors alike.   

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Architects

JAJA Architects ApS
Heimdalsgade 35, 3. – baghuset
DK – 2200 Copenhagen N

Client

Copenhagen City & Port Development

Address

Park ‘n’ Play
Nordhavnen
DK – 2150 Copenhagen

Opening

2016

Photograph

Foto © Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Author

JAJA Architects ApS

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Grugapark Essen

The Grugapark health trail in Essen

Getting fit is just a bonus

A course for everyone in a park for everyone.

The city of Essen has succeeded in creating contemporary exercise opportunities for the young and the old – and all in the fresh air.

The Grugapark Essen was created to mark the first Great Ruhr Horticultural Exhibition (Gruga) in 1929. After destruction during the war, reconstruction and expansion, the Federal Garden Show 1965 was held here, among other events.

In 2012, the City of Essen developed the “Grugapark 2020 Park Development Concept” to offer contemporary exercise opportunities for young and old – all in the fresh air and in a protected space

The centrepiece of this project is the “health trail”, featuring twelve different stations. The exercise course, the largest of its kind, is from playfit.

On the “health trail”, interested people of all ages can enhance their vitality and motor skills with a high fun factor.

The goal of the Park Development Concept is “more movement for young and old”. To this end, a very impressive circular path has been created in the Grugapark, linking twelve stations. People of all ages can now test and boost their vitality and motor skills along this “health trail” in a playful and fun way.

In addition to seven stations with a variety of different challenges, the Grugapark now also features five equipment courses. The playfit® training course consists of 17 pieces of equipment. This makes it the largest and most diverse location within the park.   

Promoting health ” quite incidentally” is the basic idea behind the offers in the Grugapark. This works very well.

The Grugapark is located close to the city centre, right next to Messe Essen (Essen Trade Fair). Covering around 60 hectares, the park is used for local recreation, as a place for play and sport and is also a venue for events. There are also lots of different species of animals, and one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in Germany can be found here.

And by the way: Here, you can do a lot of good things for your health. This subtle message is the basic idea behind the new offerings: All of them are aimed at all visitor and user groups, such as children, senior citizens and people with different handicaps.

The playfit training course is the largest of a total of twelve stations on the health trail.

The playfit training course is the second of a total of twelve stations on the health trail. Here, all parts of the body can be trained in a targeted or playful way – as balance, strength and endurance training.

The 17 pieces of equipment also promote flexibility and bounce. Some of them, such as the wheelchair trainer, the Duplex shoulder trainer or the arm bike, are also designed for use by wheelchair users, marking an important contribution to inclusion.

Massage and fascia training are on offer on several pieces of equipment to help visitors relax. This is especially popular for a tense back and tired legs.

All the focal points of the health trail are brought together at one place in the playfit training course.

The health trail is divided into different themes: “Balancing and equilibrium”, “Motor skills and coordination”, “Strength training and muscle building” and “Endurance and circulation”.

All these focal points are brought together in one place in the playfit training course. Several pieces of equipment are available for each of the areas. Instructions can be found on the equipment as well as on information signs. A display board featuring safety instructions explains how to use the equipment correctly.

After training, the kiosk right next door offers refreshments and ample seating under shady umbrellas. Sanitary facilities are also nearby.

The individual stations are easy to find and yet secluded enough to allow for sufficient privacy during training.

The other four equipment courses in the Grugapark each offer two or three pieces of equipment, where the focus can be on balance, coordination, strength or endurance.

There is a wide range of activities at the other seven stations: A Kneipp facility, a barefoot path, a low ropes course, a calisthenics facility, a rope rocker, a swivel disc and a graduation house for breathing training.

The locations of the individual stations have been carefully selected. They are easy to find, and yet secluded enough that there is always enough privacy. This helps push anyone who might normally be a little shy, and means more spontaneous users. In addition, there are joggers, walkers and strollers who make full use of the park and the playfit training course by making them part of their training programme.

playfit training courses make an important contribution to health promotion and inclusion – also in the Grugapark.

The idea of linking all the new exercise opportunities via a circular route is logical, and it works. The offerings take into account people’s increasing need for more health and exercise opportunities, and are equally appealing to all generations of visitors.

The health trail in the Grugapark, and the playfit training course in particular, play an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle and inclusion.

The Grugapark is visited by almost one million people a year. Since the opening of the first stations along the health trail in 2014, the number of visitors has been increasing significantly. A job well done!

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Parcours

playfit GmbH
Brauerknechtgraben 53
D – 20459 Hamburg

Client

Stadt Essen

Address

Grugapark Essen
Virchowstraße 167
D – 45147 Essen

Opening

2016

Photograph

Martin Michalak Fotografie
Weidenhagen 33
D – 44869 Bochum

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Lower Bavaria exercise courses

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The Lower Bavaria exercise courses

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How it all began

How it all began

The Get Fit movement of the 1970s can definitely be seen as a forerunner of today’s fitness boom and the outdoor exercise course. Get fit trails were circular courses three or four kilometres in length with 15 to 20 exercise stations. The aim of the movement was not competitive sport, but the affluent society plagued by obesity and circulatory diseases.

The Lower Bavaria exercise courses with playfit equipment continue this success story with new concepts, offers and equipment.

How it all started all over again

New trend sports emerged in the 1990s. Jogging in particular became a popular sport. The Get Fit movement was forgotten, and the get fit trails even more so. Many municipalities simply did not have the money to maintain them permanently.

In 2008, the DOSB and the Müller dairy initiated the revival of the get fit movement in Germany with great media coverage and success.

Since then, the installation of individual pieces of equipment has often been replaced by various types of outdoor exercise courses.

Outdoor exercise course

An outdoor exercise course is therefore a leisure activity that further develops elements of the get fit trail and combines them with playground elements. Such systems consist of several coordinated installations in public spaces. They complement the public leisure offer in parks and green spaces.

They are often specially tailored to the needs and activities of older people. Then they are also called senior playgrounds or multi-generation parks.

There are basically three factors that determine the success of such systems.
1. The embedding in the environment
 2. The equipment with regard to the expected user groups
 3. The quality of the installed equipment

Lower Bavaria

In the past few years, no fewer than 13 attractive exercise courses have been created in Lower Bavaria, all of which have been equipped by playfit. They are designed very differently because they have been put together according to the wishes and needs of users and the environment – for example on playgrounds and sports fields, in parks or on hiking trails.

With more than 1,500 places where outdoor fitness equipment has been installed, playfit is one of the market leaders in this area.

Aitershofen

The exercise course in the municipality of Aiterhofen (3,650 inhabitants) was created as part of the LEADER funding programme “Moving Lower Bavaria”.

The offer is aimed at all age groups, is easy to master and accessible to everyone. The devices include a duplex shoulder trainer, balance trainer, a massage-stretching station, stations for stomach and back, arm pulls and push-ups, as well as leg lifts and a balancing stretch.

The total costs of 51,500 euros were largely borne by the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests. The own contribution for Aiterhofen was only € 20,600.

Atting

The Atting exercise course is beautifully located on the western outskirts of the municipality (1,700 inhabitants), directly on the Kleine Laaber. In addition to the river, the Atting rifle club, the Atting multi-purpose hall and the local sports field are the neighbours.

There is a large selection of equipment available, also due to the neighbourhood and above all for sporty-oriented users: leg trainers, full-body trainers, duplex shoulder trainers, mobility trainers, arm bikes, balance trainers, rowing machines, 3-person horizontal bars, a calisthenics system, a leg lifter, a balancing stretch and a Trampoline.

Dingolfing

The multi-generation park in Dingolfing was opened in 2016. It offers a total of 12 playfit devices, which were embedded in the attractive area not far from the Isar. Another highlight is the renatured Mühlbach flowing through the exercise park, into which a Kneipp basin has been incorporated.

The park is an ideal place for exercise, play and communication. At the same time, it serves as a rest zone, in which flower meadows and tree trunks as seating invite you to linger and relax. It can be reached without barriers and has state-of-the-art sanitary facilities.

At the time, more than 1,000 visitors came to the opening to try out the equipment. At that time, playfit had specifically expanded the potential of its equipment to appeal to less active users. It paid off.

Eging am See

The facility in Eging am See is located directly in the spa gardens. It offers a wonderful view of the lake, even when doing sports. Due to its location, the equipment is used by hikers and visitors to the neighbouring thermal baths.

The course is one of the oldest playfit facilities in the region. Full-body trainers, back trainers, shoulder trainers and massage machines for hands, arms and legs have been available here since 2009.

Hauzenberg

“Fit am Freudensee” is the title of the East Bavaria tourism association for the exercise course at the Freudensee leisure area in Hauzenberg.

The area is constantly being developed, the course was opened in 2020. The park and the facility are used by walkers and joggers. Both use the “outdoor fitness studio” with the seven coordinated pieces of equipment balance trainer, arm pull-up trainer, 4-person horizontal bar, balance stretch, abdominal / back station, knee flexors and leg lifters.

A swim in the lake is also part of the programme in summer.

Loiching

The facility is located a little outside the village of Loiching (3,500 inhabitants), between a sports field, the Kronwieden Kneipp facility and the Isar cycle path.

As in all playfit exercise courses, detailed and understandable boards with exercise instructions in various degrees of difficulty ensure professional training for all ages and levels of ability. The eleven pieces of equipment offer a varied training programme, including for wheelchair users.

This successful project from 2017 is an important building block for the health care of locals and tourists.

Metten

Metten is five kilometres west of Deggendorf on the Danube. The special feature of this exercise course is that it is embedded in a residential area and borders on a walking path.

Here, too, the course equipment was geared towards the needs of the expected users. That is why Metten mainly has children’s play equipment and fitness facilities for residents and walkers in the district: leg trainers, full-body trainers, rowing machines, upper body trainers, parallel bars and a calisthenics facility.

Osterhofen

In Osterhofen, the exercise course was embedded in the city park. The community and its almost 12,000 inhabitants placed great value on a facility for physical fitness and preventive health care.

Since it opened in 2017, the course has been a point of contact for cycling tourism and a popular meeting place. It is located on the upper Herzogbach, not far from the SpVgg Osterhofen sports field.

Pfarrkirchen

First a Nordic walking tour through the Rottauen, then (or in between) training on the equipment on the exercise course. Something like that, the facility, which opened in 2018, is often incorporated into the excursion and sports programme of the residents and visitors of parish churches. This is also due to its location in the garden of the Stadtwerke, in the immediate vicinity of the cycle paths on the Rott.

The twelve playfit outdoor fitness machines are leg trainers, full body trainers, back trainers, duplex shoulder trainers, back massage machines, arm bikes, rowing machines, upper body trainers, abdominal / back stations, arm pull-up push-up trainers, squats and balancing stretch.

Plattling

The Plattling exercise course is suitable for all generations. On the dike promenade in Mühlbachpark, three stations with several pieces of equipment each are available over a length of 800 metres. They can, at least in part, also be used by people with physical limitations.

The dike promenade connects two parts of the city and leads to a sporty neighbourhood, which mainly consists of an outdoor swimming pool, the stadium, a school and a parking space for mobile homes.

The offer matches the users. All playfit exercise courses are based on this. A simple concept that just works.

Reisbach

The special feature of the Reisbach exercise course is its five different locations. These are spread over the entire area of the market town and its 7,770 inhabitants, preferably in combination with playgrounds, green spaces or other offers for sport and leisure.

The total of 13 pieces of equipment on display include a calisthenics system, a horizontal bar, several bars, a slackline and an abdominal / back station.

Salching

The exercise course in Salching was also created as a further attractive offer in a sporty environment, namely right next to the facility of the 1946 Salching sports club with football and tennis courts.

The equipment of the facility, which opened in 2017, includes full-body trainers, back trainers, balance trainers, a 4-person horizontal bar, slackline bollards and a balancing stretch.

Vilshofen an der Danube

The exercise course in Ginkgo Park (Gingko is a tree species from China) offers cross-generational opportunities for exercise and encounters, including for wheelchair users. This comprehensive offer makes sense because the course is directly adjacent to a large children’s playground. So, it offers young and old the opportunity to train movement, coordination and strength in a playful way.

In addition, the facility established in 2018 offers four different pieces of equipment for shoulder training, leg strengthening, an arm pull and push-up trainer as well as a rowing machine. Thanks to its location, conception and equipment, this playfit exercise course is also a very well-functioning, attractive excursion and sports offer for the whole city.

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Exercise Courses

playfit GmbH
Brauerknechtgraben 53
D-20459 Hamburg

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Martin Michalak

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Haikou Bay Pavillon

Ambitious

Haikou Bay Pavillon

 

 

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Situation

Sou Fujimoto Architects has released its design for the Haikou Bay Pavillion by the Seaside development in Haikou, China, which will be completed by the end of spring.

Haikou is an up-and-coming industrial city with 1.7 million inhabitants on Hainan, China’s largest island, in the very south of the country. With its tropical climate and beach resorts, Haikou attracts many people from other provinces. Traditional China can only be seen in the old town, the rest of the city centre is dominated by high-rise buildings.

Haikou Bay master plan

Shaping the future of Haikou city and Hainan Free Trade Port, Haikou Bay Pavillion is part of the Haikou Bay master plan. The plan re-imagines 16 permanent destinations for the future of coastal living.

The master plan spans over 32km of waterfront – 19.6 km coastline in Haikou Bay and 12.5 km coastline in Jiangdong New Area. Introduced in June of 2020, the master plan transforms Hainan Province, an island at the southernmost point of the country, into a free trade port by the middle of the century.”

Who is who

The ribbon-like white Haikou Bay Pavillion with an accessible roof will be one of the first public waterfront interventions to be completed in the spring of 2021.

All 16 pavilions are expected to be ready by the end of 2021. Working across disciplines to create distinctive interventions, other architectural participants include Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Kengo Kuma, Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Stefano Boeri, Thomas Heatherwick, Winy MAAS (MVRDV), Liu Jiakun, and Zhu Xiaodi.

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Project data

Architect

Sou Fujimoto Architects
Senju Soko No.5
2-1-38 Etchujima
Koto-ku
JPN – Tokyo 135-0044

Client

Haikou Tourism and Culture Investment Holding Group.

Author

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Opening

2021

Physical address

Haikou Bay
Xiuying
CN – Haikou, China

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Loop of Wisdom

Put a ring on it

Loop of Wisdom in Chengdu

 

 

 

Powerhouse Company

About

Living up to the suggestiveness of its name, the Loop of Wisdom embodies a timeless architectural concept. Powerhouse Company’s design for a technology museum and reception center for a new neighborhood in Chengdu, China, is much more than an exuberant landmark.

In addition to its obvious aesthetic appeal and cultural program, the fluid structure incorporates a spectacular public space – an undulating rooftop trail. This addition makes the Loop of Wisdom an accessible icon, rather than a remote beacon. It invites people to explore it and make it part of their regular walking or jogging routine.

Put a ring on it

The client, chip manufacturer and real estate specialist Uni-Hiku, asked Powerhouse Company to design the museum and reception center as part of its new development, Unis Chip City, in the vibrant metropolis of Chengdu.

The new buildings would also function as a technology education center as well as an information center for the new city development.

Topography

During the site visit, the architects noticed the natural undulation in the terrain, a very subtle and soft hill. Normally in Chinese development these natural hills are leveled.

Powerhouse Company decided instead to use the topography as the basis for a unique design that would bring an organic softness to the urban environment. By shaping a circular path that follows the topography, the two separate programmatic entities are combined in one single structure.

As the path rises up to make space for the program, it becomes a roof offering stunning views over the new development. The new building becomes a path and architecture at the same time, while allowing nature to continue around, under and within the form of the structure.

The red road

The rooftop walkway measures 698 meters around, rising 25 meters from its ground level access to offer spectacular views of the surrounding greenery and distant mountains.

Its surface is rubber asphalt – the material used for athletics tracks – making the path suitable for runners as well as walkers. Red was chosen for the color for the roof because of the striking contrast it makes with the lush green of the landscape.

Above the track

Above the track, the rooftop surface is composed of custom aluminium tiles. 15,218 of these, each with its own unique profile and numeric code, form a seamless skin for the serpentine shape.

The LED lights that illuminate the building at night and functional elements including gutters and handrails are all carefully concealed from sight, resulting in the streamlined profile that enhances the loop’s elegant simplicity and flowing lines.

Beneath the roof

Beneath the red roof, the exhibition spaces have a warm, natural atmosphere, created by wooden ceilings and open views of the surrounding landscape.

The facades are structurally glazed to a height of 13 meters with glass reinforcement fins. This transparency blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors, again enhancing the connection with nature.

A bold new landmark

Located in the Tianfu New District of Chengdu in Sichuan, Unis Chip City is one of several developments springing up along the Tianfu Avenue. Situated next to this major artery, the Loop of Wisdom commands attention with its flowing form and vibrant red color.

At night, LED lighting transforms it into a glowing sculpture. As the first completed building in the new development, it acts as a symbolic landmark for the future community and as a magnet for attracting future residents.

Chinese rapidity

The entire Loop of Wisdom building, including the interior design and landscape design, was built with true Chinese rapidity: It took under a year to complete from design to construction. The design itself went from sketch to blueprint in a matter of days, thanks to the use of advanced parametric drafting software that was linked to the architects’ BIM model.

The six-hour time difference between Powerhouse Company’s head office in Rotterdam and the site in China allowed for efficient communication, with both parties touching base at the start and end of their respective days.

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Project data

Architect

Powerhouse Company
Westerlaan 17
NL – 3016 CK Rotterdam

Chengdu JZFZ Architectural Design Co.Ltd.

Project team

Stijn Kemper, Nanne de Ru, Project lead Niels Baljet, Project team Rui Wang, Albert Takashi Richters, Maarten Diederix, Meagan Kerr, Remko van der Vorm, Daan Masmeijer, Michiel Bosch, Niek Koning, Stavros Voskaris, Filip Galić, Severino Iritano, Davide del Sante, Reto Egli, Penny Uni, Dries Brøns, Caroline Desplan, Eli Keijser, Gert Ververs, Giovanni Andrea Coni, Rafael Zarza Garciá, Yanni Huang, Kimi Fei

Client

Uni-Hiku

Opening

2020

Photograph

Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Author

Powerhouse Company

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Salinenpark

Without much fanfare

The fitness trail in the Salinenpark in Bad Rappenau

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playfit

About

The Salinenpark in Bad Rappenau is located on the site of the former Rappenau salt factory. Its redesign with a fitness trail and other attractions greatly enriches what the spa town in the Kraichgau region between Heilbronn and Heidelberg has to offer.

The saltworks were closed in 1972, and the boiling houses were demolished a year later. In its place, the Salinenpark with spacious lawns and abundant trees was created. On the occasion of the 2008 State Garden Show, the grounds were fundamentally renovated and redesigned.

Today’s highlights include the new outdoor fitness equipment. They were installed in early summer 2019 and come from playfit.

Fitness course

The new fitness course is thus another attraction of the park. It also creates accessible and intergenerational offerings in the open air – and that alone is a huge attraction in times of pandemic.

Quite independently of sporting and physical conditions and ambitions, the equipment selected for the Salinenpark appeals to a huge user group.

That was also the plan. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists, among others, were therefore consulted in the selection of the equipment in order to be able to meet the needs of as many athletes as possible.

Concept

The equipment in the fitness course of the Salinenpark combines many advantages.

They are designed to attract adults of different ages and talents. This also includes those who just want to “get a taste” without having to sign up at the gym straight away.

For this target group, devices that are easy to use and safe are needed. The playfit equipment meets all the requirements of the DIN EN 16630:2015 safety standard for outdoor site-based fitness equipment.

The floor of the course is always important. After the persons responsible had bad experiences with a sandstone floor, they now decided on a floor made of shell limestone. Fall protection mats were laid under the calisthenics facility.

Equipment

Eight new and attractive fitness machines are now available to visitors in the Salinenpark. The renewal had become necessary because the old system was getting on in years. After less than a month of construction, the new fitness trail was ceremoniously opened.

The new course is divided into three training areas: endurance, strength and free training. In the endurance area, there are leg exercisers, full-body exercisers, and a sit-up bike. To strengthen the chest and back muscles, upper torso trainers are ideal for pulling and pressing. The back massager loosens the trained muscles and can also be used to strengthen the leg muscles.

The free training area offers a facility for calisthenics as well as a balance trainer.

Users

Young and old alike can keep fit in the course. For older people who can no longer exercise so well with their own body weight, there is the seated ergometer (seated bicycle). The counterpart for the younger generation is the whole-body trainer (Ergo-Cross).

There are also many joggers in the Salinenpark. They use the calisthenics equipment as an intermediate station and train on the wall bars, the hand-over-hand ladder, and the two horizontal bars.

Those who have had enough exercise can relax on the park benches. If you don’t want to train at all, you can watch from here – just watching is enough to work up an appetite…

Salinenpark

In addition to the fitness trail, the Salinenpark has a lot more to offer – for example, the gardens, which are attractive in every season. They are dedicated to the theme of “salt, brine and health” with perennials and grasses. The more than 1,000 m² largest alternating flower bed in the colours red, white, and black symbolises the former salt production in Bad Rappenau.

Another attraction are the rose gardens that have been laid out along the historic buildings of the spa and clinic administration and the “House of Health”.

There is a labyrinth of lavender on the southern slope of the garden. From here, a path lined with magnolias leads to the graduation tower. This is a kind of open-air inhalatorium, where medicinal brine trickles over sloe brushwood, evaporates, and enriches the air with salt.

Meeting place

The entire fitness trail area also functions as a meeting place – and magnificently so. Here you can often see several generations motivating and supporting each other. Or even just sit on the bench and watch each other (or others).

Studies have proven the positive effects of fitness trails, especially on older people who are not particularly ambitious in terms of sports. This applies to both physical fitness and mental well-being.

Conclusion

The exercise trail in the Salinenpark is also described by its users as a “village fountain”, where nice and friendly people always meet and find each other without much fanfare.

This is appealing not only to visitors, spa guests, and patients of the neighbouring spa and rehabilitation clinics but also to the residents of Bad Rappenau itself.

A fitness trail with intergenerational offerings in the open air is a gift – especially in times of the pandemic. Fitness equipment of the future.

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Project data

Fitness Course

playfit GmbH
Brauerknechtgraben 53
D-20459 Hamburg

Client

City of Bad Rappenau

Physical address

Salinenpark
Salinenstraße 28,
D – 74906 Bad Rappenau

Opening

2019

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Playfit
Hans-Peter Schmitt

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Canoeing centre Tychy

Sports is public.

Canoeing centre Tychy

 

 

 

RS+ Robert Skitek

Situation

The Paprocany lake is very important place for inhabitants, mainly for recreational reasons. The wharf which was put into use a few years ago, connects rest center with a part used by many sailing clubs and canoe section MOSM (Municipal Youth Sports Center).

Due to bad condition of these building, the city decided to build new sailing marina and object for MOSM: Canoeing centre Tychy.

Building

The first part of Canoeing centre Tychy which was realized is building for canoes. Canoe section has achieved great successes. Karolina Naja, who is double olympic medalist, was member of this section.

As the authors of promanade, we cared about to extend a wharf to planned sailing marina. In consequence od this assumption, new canoeing training center became part of it.

Promenade

The main path of the promenade is located right next to the water and the walls of object have been withdrawn and hidden behind raised wooden seats, which are used as tribune during canoeing competitions.

The back wall obtained a different shape: due to fire requirements, is covered with grey fiber-cement boards.

Building

The Canoeing centre Tychy is divided into two functional parts – training and storage. They were separated and covered with a common roof covered by plants. On the other sides building was surrounded by green slopes. There is a great view of the lake from the roof, so we decided to take an additional path there.

The Canoeing centre Tychy is divided into two functional parts – training and storage. They were separated and covered with a common roof covered by plants. On the other sides building was surrounded by green slopes. There is a great view of the lake from the roof, so we decided to take an additional path there.

Conclusion

These solutions caused a space in front of building with tribune, covered part and whole roof  became attractive public space and next part of wharf important to people.

Thanks to Canoeing centre Tychy, Canoe section gained new audience, fans and potential pupils and its work is becaming visible and transparent.

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Project data

Architect

RS+ Robert Skitek
Nałkowskiej 4A, lok. 49
PL – Tychy

Client

Aleja Niepodległości 49
PL – 43-100 Tychy

Project team

Robert Skitek, Jakub Zygmunt, Jarosław Zieliński, Martyna Lenart-Zygmunt, Wojciech Zientek,
Lechprojektt: Marta Weszke, Leszek Weszke, Piotr Weszke
Projekt PL: Łukasz Plaza
ELPRO: Marcin Mikołajczyk
Ekosystem – Pracownia Architektury Krajobrazu: Łukasz Bielawski

Physical address

Paprocany lake
Jezioro Paprocańskie
PL – Tychy

Opening

2020

Photograph

Tomasz Zakrzewski

Author

RS+ Robert Skitek

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Majara Residence

More is more

Presence in Hormuz 2: Majara Residence

 

 

 

ZAV Architects

Majara

Hormuz is a formerly glorious historic port in the strategic strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, South of Iran, that controls the shipment of petroleum from the Middle East.

The island has outstanding colorful surreal landscapes. Oddly, the local inhabitants of the beautiful, touristic and politically strategic island struggle economically, getting involved in illegal trafficking activities using their boats.

Presence in Hormuz is a series of urban developments by a semi-public institution that hired ZAV Architects, in order to empower the local community of the island.

Its second phase (here is phase 1) is a multipurpose cultural residence called Majara Residence (meaning adventure) that ties together the lives of local people and visitors both culturally and economically.

What’s to my benefit, what’s to the benefit of all?

In a country where the state struggles with political disputes outside its borders, every architectural project becomes a proposal for internal governing alternatives, asking basic questions:

What are the limits of architecture and how can it suggest a political alternative for communal life? How can it attain social agency?

Architecture as a mediator

Architecture has the capacity be a mediator in the middle ground that converges the interests of different groups, from the state and investors to various classes and groups of people.

Majara Residence does so in bringing together the owners of land from the neighboring port of Bandar Abbas who organize an annual landart event in Hormuz, the investors from the capital city Tehran, and the local people of Hormuz as partners in the project.

Economy

Under the economic distress of sanctions, increasing the GDP generates social change, which in this project is achieved by:

1. Building economically, to the benefit of the client.
2. Earmarking a bigger share of the budget to labor costs rather than expensive imported materials, to the benefit of the local population, empowering them by offering training for construction skills.
3. An adaptive and future-proof spatial scenario that can respond to unpredicted need, to the benefit of the client and the island.
4. Using materials and human resources from Iran, to reduce construction and transportation costs and increase the GDP, to the benefit of the whole country.

Infinite Nader Khalili’s

Presence in Hormuz is a continuous process aiming at building trust rather than architectural objects, in order to encourage the participation of local people and the inclusion of their interests in any intervention in the island.

Majara Residence is a multitude of small-scale domes built with the superadobe technique of Nader Khalili, the innovative and simple technique using rammed earth and sand. Domes are familiar structures in the region. Their small scale makes them compatible with the building capabilities of local craftsmen and unskilled workers, which have been prepared for this project with previous smaller projects. Today they are trained master superadobe masons, as if Nader Khalili multiplied exponentially.

Swelling Earth

The infinite number of colorful particles, be they soil, sand, gravel or stone, pile up and form the rainbow topography of Majara Residence.

In this project a carpet is woven with granular knots inspired by the particles that make up the ecotone of the island. The sandbags that create the spatial particles (aka domes) are filled with the dredging sand of the Hormuz dock, as if the earth has swollen to produce space for accommodation.

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Project data

Architect

ZAV Archietcts

Client

Ali Rezvani
Ehsan Rasoulof

Project team

Mohamadreza Ghodousi, Fatemeh Rezaei, Golnaz Bahrami, Soroush Majidi
Sheila Ehsaei,Sara Jafari, Payman Barkhordari, Mohsen Safshekan, Kaveh Rashidzadeh, Hossein Panjehpour
Maryam Yousefi, Morteza Adib
Sara Jafari, Taraneh Behboud, Sara Nikkar, Mohsen Dehghan
Tajang Light

Physical address

Iran, Hormuz Island

Opening

2020

Photograph

Tahmineh Monzavi
Soroush Majidi
Payman Barkhordari

Author

ZAV Archiects

© Tahmineh Monzav, Soroush Majidi, Payman Barkhordari

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