Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ

Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ in Budapest

Post-Games Pergola

A spectacular feature of the Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ is that the roof will be completely preserved after the event – and will be converted into a covered public space.

The stadium is part of a huge plan to revitalise a former industrial site – with a park, a bridge and a training centre.

The Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ (National Athletics Centre) is a stadium which was opened in June 2023 in the Ferencváros district in the south of the Hungarian capital Budapest. It was built on the occasion of the 2023 World Athletics Championship to hold 40,000 seats. After the World Championship, the facility on the Danube will be reduced to 15,000 seats for reuse.

The planning was carried out by Napur Architect Kft Budapest, the roof by Buro Happold and schlaich bergermann partner (sbp).

The stadium is part of a huge plan to revitalise a former industrial site (Vituki). In addition to the stadium, this includes a park, a bridge and a new training centre, which can be reached via this new bridge.

A spectacular special feature is that the upper tier with its 25,000 seats will be completely dismantled after the World Athletics Championship, but the roof will be completely preserved – and converted into a covered public space.

Architect

Napur Architect Architectural Office Ltd.

Client

ÉKM

Athletics tracks & equipment

Mondo

On weekdays, a running track, a roller skating rink, a street workout park, a training area and a street food service will be available here.

So the legacy of this event is likely to be spectacular: the Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ forms the centre of the new park in the renovated industrial area, including the surrounding Danube bank area.

 In addition, Budapest will receive a new public sports and recreation park.

The stadium was built in the middle of the park. On weekdays, instead of the temporary upper tier, a covered and illuminated running track, a roller skating rink, a street workout park, a training area and a street food service will be available here.

The roof consists of a support structure based on the spoked-wheel principle, consisting of compression and tension rings, on each of which two video screens and display boards were hung at the edge of the roof in the curves.

Under the stands there is another running track, which can be used for warming up. All the running tracks are from Mondo.

All the running tracks are from Mondo. MONDOTRACK WS™ is almost half made of natural rubber and non-toxic, recycled materials. So it meets the strictest certification criteria for the emission of volatile organic compounds.

In addition to the 14,000 m2 running track, the other athletics equipment also comes from Mondo – for the first time in Budapest, it is tailored to the visual appearance of the event.

Address

Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ
Budapest
Hajóállomás u. 1
1095 Hungary

Opening

2023

In the future, the roof construction will form a kind of urban pergola, while the interior with its sports areas will serve as a publicly accessible urban space on the banks of the Danube.

The roof construction will be preserved after the competitions, as will the entire lighting, sound and scoreboard systems. This will make it possible to host major international events here in the future as well – with the help of mobile grandstands.

These mobile grandstands in the upper tier can accommodate up to 25,000 seats, but smaller capacities are also possible. In any case, these temporary structures will be dismantled again after future events, and the vacated area will be returned to grassroots sports.

The roof construction will then form a kind of urban pergola, while the interior with its sports areas will serve as a publicly accessible, urban space on the banks of the Danube and therefore in the heart of Budapest.

The 2023 World Athletics Championship from 19th to 27th August will be the biggest sports event ever held in Hungary.

After that, it will actually become even more exciting.

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Pompidou gymnasium

Georges Pompidou gymnasium

Community centre

A place of multiple uses in a dense urban context – and in dialogue with the city. The sports hall as a community centre.

The Gymnase Georges Pompidou is a link between the city’s historical heritage and the ambitions of its future development.

The reconstruction of the Pompidou gymnasium is a key phase in the regeneration of a rapidly changing neighborhood in Courbevoie. Taking advantage of its remarkable location at the corner of the two major axes of the City, the project assumes an essential function of urban repair between the heterogeneous building heights, a link between the historical heritage of the City and the ambition of future facilities.

The general sobriety of the building volume contributes to its urban integration and gives it the formality of a public building.

The project challenge was to integrate a large number of functions and spaces within a small site: sports activities (sports hall with stands, dojo, training room, dance studio, outdoor playing fields), cultural activities (music rooms dedicated to the municipal harmonic orchestra) but also the relocated municipal public gardens service.

The building mainly houses sports activities: a sports hall with bleachers, a dojo hall, a training room, a dance studio and also outdoor courts.

The coexistence of these three entities responds to very different operational constraints, hence the exchange with the extreme and necessary compactness of the building.

The proposal is based on the rational superposition of these functions on three readily accessible levels. These access routes adapt to different publics while providing views and transparencies over the entire project areas.

Large windows on the ground floor give pedestrians a good view of the interior, while the glazed areas on the upper floor offer perspectives of the neighbourhood.

The building engages in an intimate dialogue with the City which projects inside and, at the same time, opens out to its surroundings: large windows on the ground floor provide the passer-by with an extensive view of the activity within the rooms, the fully glazed upstairs reception areas overlook the neighborhood.

The general building volume is composed of horizontal layers – alternating white concrete facing block and full-height glazed openings – which contribute to the unified project.

Project data

Architect

Enia Architectes
46 rue de Lagny 93
F – 100 Montreuil

Client

Ville de Courbevoie

Physical address

Gymnase Georges Pompidou
11 Rue Ficatier 9
F – 92400 Courbevoie

Opening

2018

Photograph

Jérôme Epaillard & Teresa Machado

Author

Enia Architectes

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Centro Deportivo Las Eras

Centro Deportivo Las Eras

Kissed awake

How a large but simple sports hall became a sports centre.

The Centro Deportivo Las Eras was transformed from a mono-functional facility of the 1980s into a more than versatile sports centre of our time.

The new extension is directly linked to its natural environment. The old facade evolves generating a second faceted skin that protects and characterizes the project.

The result is a fragmented volume that generates a new public space with its movement and revamps the old sports center’s image.

A triangulated geometry which mirrors its inner pearl towards the outside: a climbing wall for the town residents, intrinsically linked to the mountains.

The new facilities scheme is organized among two elements: “The Box” and “The stairs”.

“The box” is s a freestanding volume with an industrial character divided in two different levels and finished with oriented strand boards.

The ground floorplan includes changing rooms and two multipurpose rooms; a 90sqm one and a bigger one, around 130sqm and over 12 meters long with fencing facilities.

The first floor consists of a 100sqm spinning room and a GYM with over 300sqm. There is also a cafeteria, directly linked to the new urban outdoor space.

The main staircase serves as a connection between the old pavilion and the new extension.

It’s attached to the solid concrete wall of the old fronton court.  Some openings have been placed strategically to act as “interior windows”, allowing for a direct visual connection between the new and the old thus, uniting the whole volume.

Under these stairs there is a large storage area which turns into new tiers towards the interior of the pavilion.

The climbing wall: a mountain symbol

Semi-buried and peeking towards the end of the corridor is the climbing wall. Designed together with local climbers, it takes advantage of the old pavilion, using it as its main climbing support. The space loses height towards the boulder, thanks to a series of triangular tensioned trusses until it reaches its original human scale.

The project has been thought of taking into account its immediate urban surroundings too: its access and communications. A new main access for the entire complex has been created, located in a slightly elevated square which is accessed through a completely renovated promenade.

This square will work as a new meeting point for both athletes and citizens.

The main entrance becomes a bright, large double-height space, always lit up thanks to the main façade and the elongated skylight.

The mesh: a connecting element

The new program is protected and wrapped within a micro-perforated skin that emerges from the existing metal facade and evolves adapting itself to the geometries and intentions of the new project.

It’s a new shell that gives cohesion and unity to the entire complex. It acts both as a light filter towards the south and as a protective shell, resistant to possible external impacts.

The chosen see-through material creates a transparent volume where you can “see without being seen” from the inside; a living façade that dematerializes depending on the time of the day.

Project data

Architect

Enkiro

Client

Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid

Physical address

Polideportivo Municipal Las Eras
C. de las Eras, s/n
28240 Hoyo de Manzanares
ESP – Madrid

Opening

2021

Photograph

IMAGEN SUBLIMINAL
Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero

Author

Enkiro

Plans

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The Ring Umag

The Ring Umag

Come as you are

A sports centre with an enormous atmosphere.

The project consisted of the reconstruction of the existing, neglected, playground area next to the elementary school in Umag.

This year, in Umag, the project for the sports field next to the Elementary School of „Marija i Lina“ was completed in Umag, which turned the previously abbandoned and unused school sport field into a gathering place for citizens, athletes and children.

The playground was designed by architect Nenad Marić, and the investor was the Municipality of Umag. The project consisted of the reconstruction of the existing, neglected, playground area next to the elementary school in Umag.

The project task included the reconstruction of the playground space and the transformation of the surrounding environment.

The new “schoolyard” now belongs to the pupils in the mornings, but is open to the general public during non-school hours.

The context is defined by a wide regional road with roundabouts, a school’s sports hall and a spacious green area, while the existing condition of the playground consisted of three basic elements: field – sports field area, track – surrounding the field and embankment – around the track.

The school playground is a space intended for children, schoolchildren, but also a space that did not have its users in the hours when classes are not taking place.

Apart from the fact that the demand for a designed outdoor sports facilities is growing every day (which was especially evident during the period of restrictions related to the pandemic), we were guided by the idea that space affects people’s habits and that well-designed space can generate new activities of socializing and meeting.

With the idea of ​​involving citizens, a school playground was designed that should be open and adapted to everyone.

The design of the space was approached with the aim of eliminating visual and spatial barriers to the context, school and greenery, and with the intention of opening playgrounds to the city, while paying attention to standards, methods and principles of designing sports facilities.

By placing circular elements, with contents for rest and socializing, all three elements (path, field and embankment) are connected. In the circular elements, sports stands, benches for socializing and elements for athletes’ rest are formed.

So, in addition to the “orange circles” connecting the playground with the context and representing new entrances to the playground across the embankment, the circles also become places which open views towards the playground and all sports facilities.

In this way, the playground opens and connects with the city and becomes a place for socializing and gathering of citizens, athletes and children.

Nenad Marić has turned a neglected schoolyard into an extremely colourful and communicative sports centre.

The program consists of two basketball courts, one handball and one futsal court, outdoor gym, long-distance jumping area, table tennis space and volleyball courts. Following the criteria of sports planning and program-defined contents, sport fields are laid in a north-south direction, in order to ensure equal conditions for everyone to play sports.

Horizontal graphics, carpet structures, are also used as an element of defining the space, creating a system of interspaces for individual sports.

In addition to generating a pulsating public space and sports revitalization of the wider city center, the project also creates all the prerequisites for professional and recreational sports.

Project data

Architect

Marić Arhitektura i Urbanizam
Šetalište Vladimira Gortana 38
HR – 52470 Umag

Client

Community of Umag

Physical address

Marija i Lina
Školska ul. 14, 52470
HR – Umag

Opening

2022

Author

Nenad Marić

Photograph

Marić Arhitektura i Urbanizam

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Gigantium Urban Space

Gigantium Urban Space in Aalborg

Bus stop

An extremely activating design for a former loading area between two large sports halls.

Gigantium Urban Space vitalises a former loading zone between two large sports halls in Aalborg’s largest sports and cultural centre.

The Gigantium is Aalborg’s largest sports and cultural centre. It houses several large event halls, an ice rink, a swimming hall and an athletics hall – all with several thousand spectator seats.

Between these large buildings there are usually not very attractive loading zones and traffic areas.

Assigned to transform a former loading area into a new plaza, our vision has been to create an urban space where sports and cultural life inside Gigantium – Aalborg’s biggest sports- and culture center – are carried further out to the outdoor space. Shades of red and white playful streaks lead people from the street into the square and give identity to the concrete elements.

Gigantium Urban Space is a bus stop, an attractive place to stay and a meeting place.

Located in front of a green field with grazing sheep and a local bicycle route, the new red plaza makes a great contrast to the surrounding area.

The red carpet guides visitors to the urban plaza, inviting them to stop by, hang out, or play. Many shapes of rouge divide the forecourt into different sections along with playful white lines.

When following the lines, people are met by different rails, plateaus, steps, graphics, and greenery inviting them to sports, games, and accommodation. The different expressions are all tied together, creating an exciting entrance that establish Gigantium as a place for sports and entertainment.

The extremely activating design and the playful circles, stripes and letters  encourage creative play.

Designed for different types of creative games, the dynamic graphics created by Danish design studio Rama Studio gives life to the concrete space. Sketched with a simple white line, the circles, stripes, letters, and smileys all serve as training elements, wayfinding, and vibrant decorations.

The graphics cover the different pavements and facades ending in three-dimensional shapes to form the fitness bars and rails and the plateau landscape.

The new urban space is a part of the new ‘Plusbus’ program in Aalborg Municipality, a new, environmentally friendly bus connection that creates greater coherence between transport and urban development. A part of the assignment was to emphasize Gigantium as a ‘PlusBus’ stop destination by creating an exciting stop that invites passengers to the sports center.

Plusbus is a BRT – Bus Rapid Transit – which is a high-class bus connection.

Project data

Design

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

Grafik

Rama Studio
Kigkurren 8G, 3. tv.
DK – 2300 København S

Physical address

Gigantium
Willy Brandts Vej 31
Dk – 9220 Aalborg

Opening

2021

Author

JAJA Architects

Photos

Rasmus Hjortshøj/Coast Studio

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National Sports Centre in Magglingen

Indoor running track at the National Sports Centre in Magglingen

Run to you

The running track – spanning approximately 1,000 m² – can be dismantled into 230 portable elements, which can then be assembled and taken down again with ease.

The small village of Magglingen in the canton of Bern is, in practice, the training camp for Swiss top-class sport, including the National Sports Centre in Magglingen (NSM).

The National Sports Centre in Magglingen, a facility of the Swiss Federal Office of Sport, offers training facilities for almost every sport, all under competition conditions at the very highest level. Among them is a mobile indoor running track that can be set up and taken down as needed. This has now been renewed.

CONIPUR SW was chosen for the flooring because, on the one hand, it meets the requirements of the World Athletics and Swiss Athletics, and on the other hand it is very light.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Sport in Magglingen (EHSM) is the only Swiss higher education facility exclusively dedicated to teaching, research, development and services within the discipline of sport. It is part of the Swiss Federal Office of Sport (BASPO), which is also based in Magglingen.

The small village in the canton of Bern is, in practice, the training camp for Swiss top-class sport. In this capacity, it boasts in excess of 80,000 overnight stays annually. For its numerous guests, the university runs the National Sports Centre in Magglingen (NSM).

Running tracks

Conica AG
Industriestrasse 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

Client

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport in Magglingen (EHSM)

To allow runners to train in bad weather, there is an indoor running track in a hall that can be set up and taken down as required.

Under the motto “Sporting and mental excellence in an inspiring environment”, athletes can take advantage of the offers of support from sports science thanks to the services available from the EHSM, as well as optimal training facilities at one and the same location. Indoor and outdoor sports venues, as well as seminar rooms, accommodation and catering facilities are available for this purpose.

The NSM aims to offer the right equipment for practically every type of competitive sport. In addition to extensive outdoor facilities, it has a five-court hall, two three-court halls, three single court halls including a fitness and weights room, and a fencing and squash hall.

Whether for volleyball, climbing or dancing, the halls offer the right environment for almost every sport. To allow runners to train in bad weather, there is an indoor running track in a hall that can be set up and taken down as required.

This was to be completely renewed. The new design should, of course, continue to meet all the demands of competitive sport, i.e. a high-quality surface and bend elevations of around one metre. The flooring must therefore, on the one hand, meet the requirements of World Athletics and Swiss Athletics and, on the other, weigh as little as possible – an ideal application for CONIPUR SW.

The 13 mm-thick polyurethane running track system with a PUR-bonded elastic layer comprising recycled rubber granules incorporates both high quality and durability due to its 3 mm PUR top layer and is a great alternative to all-plastic flooring options. CONIPUR SW is easy on the joints and slip-resistant.

For use in the hall, the impact-sound insulation is also an advantage.

Besides its technical properties, the CONICA/CONIPUR-Indoor Running Track was also able to host a convincing performance for the Federal Office when used in Prague. The contract for the installation was awarded to Walo Bertschinger AG from Gümligen, which had only just been named one of the “Best Employers in 2020” in Switzerland in February 2020.

Physical address

Eidgenössische Hochschule für Sport Magglingen
Hauptstrasse 247
CH – 2532 Magglingen

Opening

2022

The running track – spanning approximately 1,000 m² – can be dismantled into 230 portable elements, which can then be assembled and taken down again with ease.

The sandwich structure proved beneficial for production. Since only a short time frame was available for the installation at the NSM, the baselayer of the SW system was attached to the wooden elements at the manufacturer. The individual elements were then transported to Magglingen, assembled on-site and coated with CONIPUR 210 blue.

The finished running track was finally sealed with CONIPUR 2200, which solidifies the granulated surface of the flooring and also facilitates cleaning.

After the coating was finally cured, cutting could then begin at the joints between the individual elements. Coating the bends, in particular, required a great deal of expertise, as these were set at competition level during processing and had a correspondingly steep gradient. If this is not done carefully, the material can flow off.

However, the planning proved to be successful. The running track – spanning approximately 1,000 m² – can be dismantled into 230 portable elements, which can then be assembled and taken down again with ease.

With it, the NSM can now offer optimal training options for indoor running under competitive conditions.

Photos

Conica AG

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Julian Fernando Nadel
Conica AG
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Quzhou Stadium

The Quzhou Stadium 

Where does the landscape end?

The Quzhou stadium breaks away from conventional sports architecture – through its reference to the surrounding landscape. And through beauty.

Visitors here can decide where the landscape ends and the building begins.

Completed by MAD Architects in the summer of 2022, Quzhou Stadium is the centrepiece of the almost seven-hectare Quzhou Sports Park in Zhejiang Province. Quzhou is a historical city 400 km southwest of Shanghai.

We already presented the entire project in draft form in 2018.

Despite its considerable capacity of 30,000 seats, the Quzhou Stadium blends in breathtakingly with the surrounding landscape – and opens up to the surrounding public space from almost every angle.

Visitors can decide for themselves where the landscape ends and the building begins. Behind each elevation is a building which fits seamlessly into its surroundings. The various hills and knolls are all man-made structures which include training grounds, a sports hall, a swimming pool and a science and technology museum.

The half-buried stadium is crowned by a white, crown-shaped roof structure with a diameter of 250 m, which the Serge Ferrari Group covered with two layers of PTFE membranes.

With the translucent membrane material, the complex geometry of the widely stretched supporting structure can also easily be accomplished literally.

The roofs all have complex, double-curved surfaces. The canopy is supported by only nine drop points with a maximum span of 95 meters, so that the building “hovers” over the landscape and offers framed perspectives of the city from multiple angles.

The 60 concrete columns supporting the stadium are made of exposed concrete slabs with wood grain. Despite the size of the shapes and materials, this creates a feeling of warmth and texture.

The roof is made from steel, onto which a translucent, light-emitting membrane material was wound. So the complex geometry of the widely stretched supporting structure can also easily be accomplished literally.

The translucent PTFE membrane made from synthetic polymer not only takes the weight off the monumental steel structure, it also improves the acoustics throughout the stadium. The upper surface of the canopy is made from a firmer PTFE membrane from Serge Ferrari Group, which prevents rainwater coming through.

The underside of the structure has been equipped with more than 40,800 m2 of PTFE coated glass mesh fabric, also from Serge Ferrari Group, a PTFE membrane with fire resistance class A, which meets the strictest fire safety standards.

In addition to its technical qualities, this structure also gives the project an enormous aesthetic appeal. The result is reminiscent of a field of clouds gliding gently over the hills.

The meandering geometry continues inside the stadium. The seats are arranged in waves and are in relation to the surrounding landscape, which is enhanced by the green tones of the bucket seats – and forms a beautiful contrast to the white roof structure.

At the Quzhou Stadium, the pursuit of sustainability is also striking in terms of design.

Quzhou Stadium was designed with some eye-catching aspects of sustainability in mind.

Large openings into the landscape ensure that natural light can come into the parking garage and the entrance levels of the stadium. The entire stadium is designed to absorb, store and seep rainwater. This also protects the building from excessive rain damage and leads to lower temperature fluctuations and lower energy consumption.

Apart from the spectator seats and the playing field, almost all the facilities are located under the surface of the earth.

In addition, all the concrete materials used on the construction site were produced on site, so the CO2 footprint associated with the material transport was minimised during the entire construction process.

The Quzhou Stadium and the entire Quzhou Sports Park are moving away from conventional sports architecture.

The opening of the Quzhou Stadium marks the end of the first of two construction phases of the Quzhou Sports Park. Next, there will be a sports hall with 10,000 seats, a swimming pool (2,000 seats), a science and technology museum, hotels, a youth centre and retail outlets.

The combination of nature and architecture, from the digging of large parts of the building to the roof membranes of Serge Ferrari, create a unique urban landscape.

The Quzhou Stadium and the entire Quzhou Sports Park are moving away from conventional sports architecture. Despite all the size and filigree character of the structures and materials, it is the reference to the surrounding landscape and the subtle inner beauty of the stadium which make it so exceptional.

In the best possible sense.

Project data

Architect

MAD Architects

Client

Quzhou West District Development Committee
Quzhou Baoye Sports Construction and Operation Co., Ltd

Dachmembran

Serge Ferrari Group
Auf der Kaiserbitz 3
D – 51147 Köln

Physical address

2 Tiyuchang Rd
Kecheng District
Quzhou, Zhejiang,
China, 324003

Opening

2022

Photos

CreatAR Images ©MAD Architect
Arch Exist ©MAD Architectss
Aogvision ©MAD Architects

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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La Terenuri

La Terenuri

Transylvanian diversity

An exceptionally versatile sports facility, built with high quality and durable materials.

Since its opening in July 2022, “La Terenuri” has offered people of all ages free access to sports and leisure activities of all kinds.

On July 2022, The spacious La Terenuri sports facility was opened In Cluj-Napoca, Romania’s second largest city. CONICA systems have been installed on approximately 6,600 m² of its outdoor area.

The spacious La Terenuri sports facility was opened In Cluj-Napoca, Romania’s second largest city. CONICA systems have been installed on approximately 6,600 m2 of its outdoor area. Since its opening in July, it has offered people of all age groups free access to sports and leisure activities of all kinds. The multifunctional indoor areas and above all the spacious outdoor facilities are the main attraction of the 4.2 hectare site. They include both traditional sports fields, courses with fitness equipment and playgrounds.

Outside Romania the name Transylvania still triggers associations with vampire novels and barely populated forest regions. The contrast with reality in the 21st century could hardly be greater. Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of the region, is set in charming landscape. Its roots go back to the 13th century.

Today, trilingual universities and numerous cultural offerings shape the lives of its 325,000 inhabitants. Popular sports are naturally also a part of the way of life in this urban environment. Considering that fact the La Terenuri sports facility, an investment of over 6 million euros, was recently constructed in the Mănăștur district. Since its opening in July, it has offered people of all age groups free access to sports and leisure activities of all kinds.

The multifunctional indoor areas and above all the spacious outdoor facilities are the main attraction of the 4.2 hectare site. They include both traditional sports fields, courses with fitness equipment and playgrounds.

A particular challenge was the diverse and varied colour scheme, which included very special mixtures and shades.

The biggest challenge when conceiving the facilities was getting the design and functionality right. Since they are freely accessible, their use cannot be regulated or controlled. Rules such as “Enter in sports shoes only” or other house rules cannot be imposed nor monitored. Nevertheless, the aim was to avoid any restrictions on the design.

Instead, the plans of architectural firm Arhi BOX envisaged a sophisticated, innovative design that would attract visitors of all ages, from young children taking their first steps on the playground to ambitious young amateur athletes, to retired peoples wanting to maintain their mobility.

One particular challenge was the colour scheme, which called for very specific mixtures and shades. For this reason, the contractor, the Indfloor Group, used floor coverings from CONICA.

They were installed on sports areas of all kinds: tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a badminton court, a running track, fitness trails and a playground. A total of 6,600 m2 of high-end flooring was laid.

In detail, the following systems were used:

  • Base 35 mm in combination with CONIPUR EPDM 8 mm
  • ET Soccer 30 mm in combination with CONIPUR EPDM 8 mm
  • CONIPUR PG 4 cm

Local residents enjoy a sports facility that will retain its function and exceptional aesthetics for many years due to the high-quality materials used.

The designers were given full creative freedom, as CONICA was able to provide these coverings in any RAL colour shades and mixtures. They gave the facility a very unique appearance that clearly stands out from standard “off-the-peg” solutions.

Thanks to the many design possibilities, La Terenuri has become a reference project for Arhi BOX and the Indfloor Group and is highly valued for its visual appeal.

Local residents can enjoy a sports facility that will perform its function and maintain its extraordinary aesthetic appearance for many years to come due to the high-quality of materials used.

Namely “From dusk til dawn”.

Project data

Client

Primăria și consiliul local Cluj-Napoca

Sports surfaces

Conica AG
Industriestrasse 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

Physical address

La Terenuri
str. Parâng
nr. FN,
ROU – Cluj-Napoca

Opening

2022

Photograph

Conica
Primăria și consiliul local Cluj-Napoca

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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blueSmart in Salzburg

blueSmart in Salzburg

Fits

What do Mirabell Palace, the Volksgarten ice arena, the Liefering sports centre and the historic Volksgarten swimming pool have in common?

The electronic access organisation blueSmart secures the government headquarters as well as municipal properties and sports facilities.

Salzburg is always worth a trip: The romantic old town invites people to wander around, offers a wealth of historic sights and world-famous festivals welcome visitors with an interest in culture.

Other attractive destinations include Salzburg’s sports facilities such as the Volksgarten ice arena, the Liefering sports centre and the historic Volksgarten swimming pool.

The city’s magistrate is based in the baroque UNESCO World Heritage Site Mirabell Palace. Visually speaking, time seems to have stood still in the birthplace of Mozart. However, if you look closely, you will discover the latest technology from Winkhaus.

blueSmart electronic access control systems secure the government headquarters as well as municipal properties and sports facilities – including the popular Volksgarten ice arena, the Liefering sports centre and the historic Volksgarten swimming pool.

Well over 1,000 electronic door cylinders in total and many other smart system components such as upload readers and ETB-IM electronic door handles ensure controlled access in the state capital.

There are a number of reasons why blueSmart is so popular in the Mozart city. A key factor is the compact shape of the door cylinders, as they also fit into historic doors and subtly blend into the aesthetics of the surroundings.

blueSmart also offers high flexibility and reliability, which the decision-makers were impressed with right from the start. Winkhaus building management technology has been in use for many years and the reliable service provided by Winkhaus’ competent technicians from Grödig, the headquarters of Winkhaus Austria, is highly appreciated. This is a good reason to gradually expand the existing system and incorporate new functions.

Around 400 electronic keys are used in the Mirabell Palace to unlock the electronically secured doors. Around 300 employees and political party members come in and out of the buildings.

The baroque Mirabell Palace complex is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, while also fulfilling its role as a state-of-the-art administrative and government base. The ground floor of the building houses the departments with high levels of public traffic, such as the passport office or the city treasury. As these are sensitive areas that must be easily accessible to citizens on the one hand, but also effectively protected against unwanted access on the other, safety and security pose a particular challenge here. 

 

In order to resolve the apparent contradiction between secure locking and citizen-orientated service and to save costs in the process, the decision was made in 2006 to implement an electronic blueChip locking system from Winkhaus. Since then, this system has secured the outer skin and was already compatible with the existing alarm system back then.

Today, the blueSmart system, the next generation of Winkhaus electronic access control systems, is used. It is also compatible with existing security systems.

With their unobtrusive design, the flush-mounted electronic blueSmart door cylinders do not interfere with the appearance of the historic doors in the Mirabell Palace. No wiring is required, because the battery-operated cylinders work off-line. They are also cold-resistant and low-maintenance: The batteries have a service life of up to 10 years, depending on the type. There is no need to oil the cylinders, as is the case with mechanical locking systems, as the tip of the electronic key is made of plastic and does not cause metal abrasion on the contact surfaces.

Since access control has been reliable from the very beginning, numerous expansions have been added over the years. More than 430 cylinders now secure the palace complex.

Around four hundred electronic keys are used in the Mirabell Palace to unlock the electronically secured doors. Around three hundred employees, the mayor, the local councillors and political party members come in and out of the buildings. The premises are also used by external organisations and the church, for example.

Only a flexible locking system is able to reliably manage access for so many different groups. Winkhaus blueSmart supports users with a variable colour concept: The electronic keys have different colours that enable precise assignment to the individual user groups. Employee keys also contain an additional transponder for time recording.

All keys feature an especially sturdy plastic casing that is waterproof (IP 68) and resistant to hand disinfectants, is easy to clean and easy to grip.

They are simple to use, with a system based on the usual locking behaviour: The key is simply inserted and turned. The authentication check takes place in the background and unnoticed by the user.

The management software for the electronic locking system in the palace runs on a central server. Five clients are set up in the system, so that those responsible on site – such as in the swimming pool or sports hall – can also work with it without having to go through the town hall.

A process that involves significant effort with a mechanical locking system, can be completed with just a few mouse clicks with the electronic solution: If a lost key is reported, the authorisation can be withdrawn from this key without delay. Changing locking authorisations are managed just as easily. The Winkhaus blueControl Professional software provides user-friendly support. And when the programme requires an update or maintenance, Winkhaus provides quick and expert support.

Employees in charge of the locking system can therefore manage any relocations within the administrative offices with minimal stress.

Access to sports in Salzburg is similarly well organised as access to Mirabell Palace. This is especially true for the Volksgarten outdoor pool, the Red Bull ice arena and the Liefering sports centre.

The sports facilities in the Mozart city are much younger than the palace. The Volksgarten swimming pool dates back to the late 19th century, the Red Bull ice arena was built in the 1960s, while the Liefering sports centre was built just a few years ago.

The outdoor pool, which Salzburg locals affectionately call “Volksi”, has grown over the decades and was also fitted with an electronic locking system in 2020. An upload reader and thirty blueSmart door cylinders secure the outdoor and indoor areas.

Salzburg’s ice rink is located in the immediate vicinity. It offers space for 3,400 spectators and was converted into a multi-functional arena at the start of the millennium. Professionals and amateurs of all ages from various clubs train here.

The requirements for access management are therefore high. The two ice rinks, one of which is outdoors, offer a wide range of ice sports activities: in addition to public and formation ice skating, these include ice hockey, figure skating, curling and short track.

Trade fairs, concerts, musicals and exhibitions are also held here in the summer months from April to September.

Access is controlled by almost 300 electronic door cylinders, which minimise the risk of injury from crushed fingers and offer little surface for accidental or intentional damage, as well as three blueSmart upload readers. 

In the administration area, the doors are equipped with electronic door handles (ETB-IM). In addition to the electronic blueSmart keys, employees also use transponders to unlock doors without touching them.

In 2016, a sports hall was built as a positive energy building for the first time in Austria in the form of the Liefering sports centre. It meets the Smart City standards and has been awarded the CLIMATE ACTIVE GOLD STANDARD.

The building generates more energy than it needs itself. Its three-field sports hall offers space for numerous sports and is also geared towards disabled sports. A movement room and office space for the clubs complete the range of facilities. 

The smart technology of the building, which includes a blueSmart locking system, fades into the background. 120 door cylinders and three upload readers safeguard the indoor area and the outdoor facilities. blueSmart also effectively controls floodlight systems and other applications.

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Access organisation

Aug. Winkhaus GmbH & Co. KG  
Hessenweg 9 
D-48157 Münster

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Irena Byrdy-Furmanczyk
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Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup

Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup

Rich in variety

Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup is the new heart of the district.

In Gellerup, parks, housing, 1,000 jobs – and the Sports and Cultural Campus Gellerup – have been built in the last ten years.

The Aarhus suburb of Gellerup has dramatically changed in the past ten years. The neighbourhood has been totally transformed, several large blocks of flats have been demolished, and in their place a new and undulating urban park has been created, together with student accommodation, entrepreneurial environments and a municipal powerhouse – Blixens – with 1,000 employees.

Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup is the new heart of the district.

A new library and a new community centre are located on Karen Blixens Boulevard, and linked to a new purpose-built activity centre. The vibe is clearly international, and the scale both impressive and engaging.

To provide the best acoustics in all configurations, the large communal space was equipped with Troldtekt acoustic panels in natural grey.

Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup comprises three very distinct buildings situated around a central square. The library and community centre has wooden facades, and is a very open and inviting building with strong ties to its surroundings.

Walking past, you can see what is happening inside, which is a very good idea when you want to encourage new people to participate in the numerous activities.

Schon von außen ist erkennbar, was im Gebäude vor sich geht. Das animiert die Menschen, an den vielen Aktivitäten im Inneren teilzunehmen.

The large communal space is a multi-purpose room featuring Troldtekt acoustic panels in natural grey – on both the walls and ceilings.

In a community as diverse as Gellerup, it is important that the new campus is a democratic place which is encouraging everyone to interact with other people.

The activity centre to the south comes across as being more introverted, with large, smooth aluminium facades. However, through individually positioned window sections it is possible to glimpse the enormous climbing walls, the main attraction for Aarhus Climbing Club.
The building also houses attractive training facilities for Circus Tværs, where children and young people can walk in off the street and learn advanced acrobatics. To the east are the games pitches, the urban park and the swimming pool.
In the activity centre, Troldtekt acoustic panels in blue, red and grey have been installed to give the room a sense of identity while softening the concrete walls. In the foyer, black acoustic panels have been installed on the ceiling, which go well with the transverse concrete beams and the artistic floor.

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Client

Stadt Aarhus / Brabrand Boligforening

Acoustic panels

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

Sports- og Kulturcampus
Karen Blixens Blvd. 23 – 27
DK – 8220 Brabrand

Opening

2021

Author

Thomas Mølvig, Architekt
(Advertorial)

Photograph

Thomas Mølvig, Architekt.

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Aarhus International Sailing Centre

Aarhus International Sailing Centre

Unsentimental

It’s hard to imagine a more attractive location for a building dedicated to sailing.

The sailing centre connects a new part of the city with the water via a waterfront promenade.

In 2018, the Danish Crown Prince Frederik inaugurated the new Aarhus International Sailing Centre on the city’s waterfront. The large pale grey concrete building is located right at the entrance to the marina and the harbour for wooden boats in Aarhus.

The new sailing centre was designed by Entasis.

The new building is connected to Aarhus Ø, a new residential district, via a waterside promenade. Located between the city, the harbour and the woods, it is a building with a uniquely raw design.

The construction of the Aarhus International Sailing Centre is its architecture as well.

From the outside, the sailing centre resembles an industrial hall with huge sliding doors and visible structural elements.

A completely tectonic design. The structures are the architecture, yet there is one feature that makes the building stand out from many industrial facilities – the high degree of transparency.

Light floods into the building from all corners of the compass. The large glass sections are divided by horizontal bars that humanise the scale of the vast building.

Troldtekt acoustic panels go incredibly well with the raw concrete.

The same unsentimental design characterises the inside of the building, and the high-ceilinged hall accommodates large numbers of dinghies, which can easily be wheeled in and out fully rigged.

The administration department with offices, conference rooms and club facilities is situated to the south, while the first floor has a lounge with views of the bay. The south facade also features a large outdoor balcony, which is raised above the main entrance.

Troldtekt acoustic panels were an obvious choice for the exclusive fitting-out, and the panels go incredibly well with the raw concrete.

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Architect

Entasis
Århusgade 102
DK – 2100 Kopenhagen

Client

Fonden Aarhus Internationales Segelzentrum

Acoustic ceiling

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

Aarhus International Sailing Centre
Esther Aggebos Gade 80A
DK – 8000 Aarhus

Opening

2018

Author

Thomas Mølvig, Architekt
(Advertorial)

Photograph

Thomas Mølvig, Architekt.
Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, Architekt

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The Heart

The Heart in Ikast

Listen to your heart

35 different user groups in a facility that is used for very different sporting, cultural and social purposes.

Hjertet consists of a variety of open spaces, halls and rooms that can be used for a wide range of sporting, cultural and social purposes.

C.F. Møller Architects designed a major project next to the International School Ikast-Brande with a much-awaited expansion with several halls, multi-functional and educational facilities. The project called The Heart makes the educational facilities at the school even better, and at the same time creates a new meeting point centred on an area of fast growth in Ikast.

’Hjertet’ (the Heart), as the project is called, includes a multi-purpose building, as well as an activity park, to create a new relation to the neighbouring colleges and schools.

Hjertet was designed by C.F. Møller while Troldtekt did the acoustics.

A major aim of the project was to create a combination of many different facilities and parallel activities. A small town housed in one building.

‘The Heart’ combines education, activities, community, exercise and recreational pursuits in new ways. The international pupils will thus be a natural part of a very wide-ranging group of users, including sportsmen and women, musicians, skaters and users in a social psychiatry project.

Overall, 35 user groups were involved in the development of the building and park.

The aim of the Heart is to combine many different facilities and parallel activities, and to use all of the rooms, all the time, all day long, so that the building is always used actively from early morning to late evening.
The project ambition is expressed in an architecture that resembles a small town, with varying roof heights and a square which gathers, leads and distributes the users.

The Hjertet Cultural and Educational Centre houses several large rooms for special uses. The acoustics were tuned by means of Troldtekt acoustic panels.

The Heart consists of several main rooms. To the west is the multi-purpose hall with a large window section overlooking the forecourt. The room has a gymnastics floor and mirrors along one side, and can therefore be used for gymnastics and dancing, but also for large lecture events.
The acoustics are tailored to these uses with Troldtekt acoustic panels on the ceilings and on one wall. The lighting is beautifully integrated in the ceiling surface, underscoring the building’s uncomplicated design.
Troldtekt acoustic panels have also been used in the Reflection room, which is smaller and more inward-looking. Here, all the walls and the ceiling are covered with wooden strips which, together with the suspended pendant lighting, creates a particularly intimate atmosphere that is perfect for yoga and pilates, but also for more formal events.

The Heart is a very open and accessible building, which also draws attention through its use of many small, informal venues and seating areas.

In the third room, called the Street sports hall, grey Troldtekt acoustic panels have been used on the ceiling and at the top of the walls. Here, skaters and other street sports enthusiasts can practise when outdoor conditions prevent them from doing so.

All around The Heart, C.F. Møller Landscape has created a dynamic landscape accommodating relaxation as well as many types of activities.

The Heart is a very open and accessible building, which also draws attention through its use of many small, informal venues and seating areas, to reinforce the multi-building’s capacity as a social gathering point that is not just a place to spend active leisure time.
In its essence the project is a showcase in how broadly different user groups of leisure facilities can be combined.

Such an open house with such different configurations of rooms can only work if the acoustics work as well – and they do.

The Heart gives a great boost to leisure time activities, local socioeconomics and teaching opportunities for the school. This also creates a strong contact between the many different users where the young people for instance can obtain advice on important life choices to pursue active and social lives.

In this way the Heart connects every walk of life to make it easier to make the next step for each individual.

Such an open house with such different configurations can only work if the acoustics work as well. In Hjertet, architecture and acoustics harmonise both in terms of design and function – to everyone’s benefit.

Project data

Architect

C.F. Møller Danmark A/S
Europaplads 2, 11.
DK – 8000 Aarhus C.

Client

​International School Ikast-Brande
Bøgildvej 2
DK – Ikast,  7430

Acoustic panels

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 20, 3. OG
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

Hjertet
Vestergade 65
Dk – 7430 Ikast
Dänemark

Opening

2018

Author

C.F. Møller

Photograph

Adam Mork

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