Camp del Ferro

Camp del Ferro Sports Centre in Barcelona

Undergrounding

URBAN DEVELOPMENT, GREAT DESIGN, BEST ENERGY BALANCES – AND THREE GREAT SPORTS HALLS.

Sagrera is attempting to create a new urban identity. The Camp del Ferro is supposed to help with this.

Given the large volume required by the functional brief (three sports courts) in relation to the limited dimensions of the site and the high urban density of the area, it was decided to semi-underground much of the sports complex. The meticulous design in section of the building ensures good lighting, natural ventilation, ease of access and safe evacuation even of the lower areas.

The decision to partially underground the volume not only reduces its visual impact, it also generates an open urban space that is ceded to the city. This space acts as a public foyer to accommodate occasional large influxes of visitors and users, with entrance via this concourse or plaza that is also the urban finishing touch to the widened street.

AIA

The different layouts of the brick façades bring different light into the interior – and give the building volume and texture.

The construction system is based largely on brick, deliberately revisiting the old factories, warehouses and workshops that are so numerous in the area. The construction and materiality of the building constitute its formal expression, its finish, with no added elements. The brick thereby has a high profile.

The low maintenance bare brick façades alternate empty and full, opaque, translucent and transparent parts, and masonry units of different formats and colours with the aim of lightening the whole, giving the built volume a texture, a grain, a vibrant pixelation, while also adapting to the different orientations.

We see brick lattice walls on exposed façades protect the courts from direct sunlight and possible glare, and, conversely, large glazed expanses in the lower part of the north-facing façade, opening up to the entrance concourse.

Two of the pitches are located in the basement, with the ancillary rooms and installations in between. The third sports hall occupies the upper floor.

The above ground volume of the building is finished off by a roof of gently curving, inverted vaults that is integrated into the context, somehow suggesting the order and presence of the roofs of neighbouring warehouses. This curved-line finish helps to lighten the volume of the complex and constitutes part of ist formal expression.

Inside, the layout of the brief is very clear. We see not just the superposition of the sports courts on different levels but also the arrangement of a central volume containing all the smaller scale elements (changing rooms, storage and services), communications (vertical and horizontal) and installations. This is a compact volume that separates the large-scale elements.

There are some good reasons that led to the LEED Gold certification of Camp del Ferro.

Further intrinsic, deliberate consequences of semi-undergrounding much of the complex are the direct gains obtained thanks to the increase of the complex’s thermal inertia by reducing its exposed surfaces.

The building’s energy efficiency begins with the volumetric approach of the design. Subsequently, a whole series of measures on a different scale (solar protection, cross ventilation, natural lighting and the use of renewable energies) reduces the energy needed for it to function, earning the centre LEED Gold certification.

Camp del Ferro offers all this: urban development, great design independence and quality, the best energy balances – and three great sports halls.

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Client

BIMSA – Barcelona d’Infraestructures Municipals

Address

Camp del Ferro
Plaça d’Albert Badia i Mur
ES – 08027 Barcelona

Opening

2020

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L’Alqueria del Basket

L’Alqueria del Basket in Valencia

Discreet orange

Not only the discreet use of the club colours is exemplary, especially in professional sport.

” After all, our main goal was to create a space where children have the best conditions to play and learn.”

ERRE arquitectura

L’Alqueria del Basket arises from the need to create a space that shelters the academy of the Valencia Basket team. A large-scale sports complex where the new generations could play in the best conditions was necessary.

The complex was designed by ERRE arquitectura from Valencia.

“Alqueria” means “country estate” or “country house”. This is where the Valencia Basket Club wants to accommodate its more than 500 talents.

L’Alqueria del Basket emerges due to the growing number of young players who are part of the club and the need to create a unique space to house them all. Currently, more than 500 children train in different parts of the city. Therefore, it was necessary to create a “house”, a big complex where all of them could train in the best conditions possible.

The project is located next to La Fuente de San Luís, the current stadium of the club, and its area covers roughly 15,000 square meters. The program is divided into two volumes and is composed by a total of 13 courts: 9 indoor and 4 outdoor.

The design focused on aspects of durability, comfort and lighting from the very beginning,

The first volume contains the largest court where the main games and the training sessions take place.

The second one contains 8 courts designed for training purposes. These courts can be simultaneously used and become independent by an automated curtains system.

The project is located next to La Fuente de San Luís, the current stadium of the club, and its area covers roughly 15,000 square meters. The program is divided into two volumes and is composed by a total of 13 courts: 9 indoor and 4 outdoor.

The first volume contains the largest court where the main games and the training sessions take place.

Lights and colours are the defining elements inside L’Alqueria del Basket.

The second one contains 8 courts designed for training purposes. These courts can be simultaneously used and become independent by an automated curtains system.

The basketball courts are distributed around a central axis which has two levels:

  • The lower level houses services such as locker rooms for both teams on each court, gym, nursing area and rooms for physiotherapy.
  • The upper level is dedicated to teaching, but it also contains areas designed for family members who want to enjoy the matches.

The ascent to the upper level is via an orange ramp – this is the club’s colour. The use of the club colours is exemplary, especially in professional sports.

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Architects

ERRE arquitectura
Maestro Gozalbo 20
ESP – 46005 Valencia

Photograph

Daniel Rueda

Author

ERRE arquitectura

Opening

2017

Address

L’Alqueria del Basket
Carrer del Bomber Ramon Duart
ESP – 46013 València

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Wettingen Cantonal School

Wettingen Cantonal School Sports Hall

Carved in stone

The Cistercian monastery in Wettingen is a special place. A sports hall has to be subordinate here.

With respect for the historic monastery view, the Wettingen cantonal school sports halls were built underground.

The Cistercian monastery in Wettingen is a cultural monument of national importance. When the cantonal school moved into the monastery premises in 1979, the school’s sports hall with a swimming pool was constructed on the common land outside the monastery area.

To maintain the historical view of the monastery, the sports hall and swimming pool were built underground, around a deep courtyard with longitudinal sides that provided the adjoining gymnasiums with daylight.

The planned extension of the sports halls built in 1979 was also realised in accordance with the monastic mission statement.

The planned extension of the Wettingen cantonal school sports halls is also required to adhere to this principle and is thus being developed underground. Since the orientation and provision of daylight play a decisive role, a linear promenade was planned as the starting point for the design, forming a clear and orderly link between the old and the new buildings.

All the main uses are either directly adjacent to this access route, or the promenade affords a generous view of them.

The chosen form of organisation with linear elements creates a calm and clear impression of Wettingen cantonal school sports halls from the outside. A window strip facing north accompanies the promenade in the vicinity of the triple sports hall.

The art on the building plays with the metaphor of the rough rock on which the Cistercian monastery is enthroned high above the Limmat and into which the new sports hall was chiselled.

Bringing together the illuminating zone and the spectators’ gallery avoids any irritating backlight effects when people are watching the sports being played. And, in the other direction, when looking out from the hall, the observer sees a wide relief wall.

The art on the building is by the Lang/Baumann duo and plays on the metaphor of the rough rock on which the Cistercian monastery towers above the Limmat river and into which, in the true sense of the word, the new sports hall has been chiselled.

The shadows cast by the concrete blocks change over the course of the day and the year, giving the underground observer a feel for the time of day or year.

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Architects

:mlzd
Alleestrasse 25
CH – 2503 Biel/Bienn

Client

Immobilien Kanton Aargau
Departement Finanzen und Ressourcen
CH-Aarau

Team

Pat Tanner, Alexander Unsin, Andreas Frank, Daniele Di Giacinto, Claude Marbach, David Locher, Julia Wurst, Marianne Rüger, Jonathan Anders, Ronja Engelhardt, Mart Maurer, Belén Jatuff Mathis

Address

Kantonsschule Wettingen
Klosterstrasse 11
CH – 5430 Wettingen

Opening

2018

Photograph

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Brauerstrasse 45
CH – 8004 Zürich

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Flexperience

Fall protection systems

Soft landing included

Fall protection coverings and fall protection systems are at least as important as the devices we fall from.

IN SCHOOL AND PLAYGROUND, BUT ALSO WHEN EATING OR SHOPPING, WE WANT HIGH-QUALITY EXERCISE OFFERS FOR OUR CHILDREN.

Fall protection coverings and fall protection systems are at least as important as the devices we fall from. In school and on the playground, but also when eating or shopping, we want high-quality exercise offers for our children. Of course, security plays a crucial role in this.

The challenges are diverse, as are the solutions. The FLEXPERIENCE fall protection system offers maximum safety. Here are three examples.

IN THE MALL OF SWITZERLAND, NOT ONLY QUESTIONS OF SAFETY, BUT ALSO THE DESIGN POSSIBILITIES WERE DECISIVE.

The Mall of Switzerland in Ebikon (Canton Lucerne) is the second largest shopping and leisure destination in Switzerland with a total area of 65,000 m². The concept of the mall combines shops and restaurants with leisure and sports facilities and more than 1,500 m² of play areas.

When it came to the indoor play world in Ebikon, it wasn’t just questions of safety that were decisive, but also the wide range of design options with Flexperience.

The use of a total of six different colors resulted in a colorful and diverse world of games in the Mall of Switzerland that is unique in Switzerland. The installation heights of the Flexperience fall protection floors of 40 to 90 mm guarantee safe play, fun and movement with a maximum required fall height of 2.60 m.

With a color mix of red and bright red, the first FLEXPERIENCE fall protection surface in Germany is rolling out the red carpet for its young guests in the restaurant.

The first FLEXPERIENCE fall protection area in Germany was put into operation in summer 2019 in a new branch of the system catering provider “Kochlöffel” in Steinfurt.

With a color mix of red and bright red, the installed fall protection system rolls out the red carpet for the young guests in the restaurant. Together with the individually designed play and slide tower, the children can play carefree and safely on the approximately 25 m² fall protection area every time they visit the restaurant.

Thanks to the medium gray chosen for the top layer, the play area completely takes up the design of the surrounding buildings and the new building.

When the Weissenstein school complex in Würenlingen was expanded in May 2020, the outdoor facilities were also redesigned. With the new construction of various school rooms, a kindergarten, auditorium and a double gymnasium, the school building became a “school living space”.

The design of the play area and the fall protection surface also take this idea into account. While other FLEXPERIENCE references score with their color design, the fall protection flooring in Würenlingen is not colorful, but shows itself in the urban design. Thanks to the medium gray chosen for the top layer, the play area completely takes up the design of the surrounding buildings and the new building that has been created and fits perfectly into the overall ensemble of the newly designed school grounds.

Various systems were installed on the 76 m² fall protection area due to the different fall heights. In addition to the optical harmony, it guarantees carefree and safe play at a height of up to three meters.

Complemented by the unusual play equipment made of metal, an extraordinarily futuristic playground was created that underlines the creative potential and versatility of the fall protection coverings used.

FLEXPERIENCE offers some special features that distinguish this innovation from conventional fall protection floor coverings.

The novelty of this system is the special base layer granule developed and manufactured only for this purpose. For the base layer of a FLEXPERIENCE fall protection system, only EPDM rubber granules are used, which are 100% virgin material.

The granule is foamed using the exclusive “Swiss Cheese Principle”. This unique technology creates small air pockets, which lead to particularly soft and cushioning surfaces.

Thanks to the materials used, the system is absolutely harmless in terms of toxicology, environmental and human compatibility. This is another major difference to some systems that use recycled granules from used tires.

With FLEXPERIENCE, the customer not only receives individual components, but also all the materials required to build a fall protection surface: base layer granule, colored EPDM granule for the top layer and the binding agent that holds everything together. He also receives installation instructions.

This has the advantage that all the necessary tests and certifications have already been carried out. This saves effort and costs and gives the client the certainty of installing a fully tested, coordinated and safe fall protection system.

FLEXPERIENCE is a globally available and licensed system that is sold and professionally installed by specially qualified regional license partners. That means competence from production to handover.

FLEXPERIENCE fall protection floor coverings meet the highest requirements in terms of fall protection and environmental compatibility.

FLEXPERIENCE was developed to ensure maximum safety in children’s playgrounds. The two-layer fall protection system is the result of more than 50 years of experience in the manufacture and research of rubber granules. The fall protection floor coverings meet the highest requirements for fall protection and environmental compatibility.

Thanks to the environmentally friendly components made from 100% virgin material and the innovative SCP technology with which the base layer granule is foamed, the FLEXPERIENCE fall protection flooring corresponds to the spirit of the times.

And in addition to sustainability, this expects a soft and safe landing – and not just “they always come down.

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Fall protection systems

GEZOLAN AG
Werkstrasse 30
CH – 6252 Dagmersellen

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Kura Kura

Form follows shuttlecock

Kura Kura in Bali

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IBUKU + Studio Jencquel

Situation

Kura Kura is the name of a building that houses a badminton court and has a floor surface of over 200 square meters.

Inspired by the shape of a tortoise shell, the large bamboo structure was designed and built in a collaboration between Ibuku and Studio Jencquel. The court is privately owned by Maximilian Jencquel and was completed in 2016.

Structure

The pavilion is built entirely from bamboo (structure and all roofing), except for the floor, which is from a special rubber resin.

It was Studio Jencquel’s initial concept to conceive a convex roofline that would solve some of the ergonomic requirements needed for an indoor badminton court. At the center of the court, above the net, a height of 9m is required, and therefore the ceiling of this court was to mimic the trajectory of a shuttle-cock, resulting in a turtle-like curved shape.

Airflow

Other considerations affecting the shape and height of this roof where the need to allow airflow for cooling, while simultaneously stopping the wind, which would interfere with the shuttlecock’s flight.

That’s why the buildings orientation was positioned in consideration of the predominant wind patterns, and the roof almost grazes the ground on two of its extremities. Bamboo was the obvious choice for such an organically shaped building in the tropics. ⁠

Realisation

Studio Jencquel’s founder Maximilian Jencquel approached his friend Elora Hardy, the most experienced and professional bamboo designers/ builders on Bali (and probably the world) to help design a structure for the aforementioned concept.

Elora and her team came up with this intriguing, basket-like woven structure, which they not only conceived, but also built with their amazing team of bamboo carpenters. ⁠

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Architect

Studio Jenquel
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Banjar Lungsiakan
Ubud-Gianyar 80571
Bali, Indonesien

Construction management

Elora Hardy — IBUKU Studio

Project team

QL Ingeniería
María José González Vicente
José María López Llaquet
Bauunternehmen: TECOPSA

Physical address

Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Gianyar
Bali, Indonesien

Opening

2016

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Lower Bavaria exercise courses

Get Fit - reloaded

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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Skatepark Scharbeutz

Come together

The Skatepark Scharbeutz

 

 

 

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Situation

The Scharbeutz Skatepark is located in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea. The shape of the facility is based on the lines of the shore promenade and thus blends seamlessly into the terrain.

The very special location directly on the Baltic Sea results in a unique location. Its immediate proximity to campsites and holiday homes makes it another tourist magnet for the Baltic Sea spa.

Waves

The inspiration for the Scharbeutz Skatepark is the Baltic Sea and its characteristic dunes. The waves are the design motif. The ramps are modelled on them, as are the different levels, which are equipped with skate elements.

The planning was developed and defined in several workshops and participation meetings together with the young people and skaters from various sports in the area. In this way, the actual needs of the users were taken into account and met. At the same time, they identify much more strongly with the skate park.

Access

A barrier-free access directly on the beach promenade invites everyone into the park. There is even a seating grandstand for spectators and passers-by. It provides a great view over the entire skatepark – and creates a skilful transition between the higher promenade and the lowest level of the skatepark.

The different levels of the skatepark are bordered by the dunes and form a gentle transition into the existing topography – which has also been planted and landscaped with dune grasses.

In-situ concrete

In order to achieve ideal rolling characteristics within the skate park, the facility was constructed using the in-situ concrete method. This created a smooth surface with which the desired individual shapes and elements could be realised.

Compared to wooden ramps, in-situ concrete facilities like the Scharbeutz skate park can be used for a long time, require little maintenance and are low-noise.

Design

Coloured concrete was used in the Scharbeutz skate park. The colour ochre is based on the sand of the dunes. The design of the transitions, banks and ramps in this colour concrete supports the already mentioned design idea that this skate park should suggest the impression of undulations.

The skate park has three different riding areas: a jumpline, a skate pool and a skate plaza. This division avoids conflicts between the different user groups.

Jumpline and skate pool

In the northern area there is a jumpline, which is mainly used by bikers, scooter riders and inline skaters. The approach ramp is modelled on a ship’s stern.

The skate pool separates the jumpline from the plaza area. It is a fundamental part of the design, as pool skating is a basic component in the development of skateboarding. In the past, and still today, the movements of surfing were imitated there – another good reason to build a skatepark by the sea.

The organic shape of the Kidneybowl (the name comes from its bean-like form) means that the pool blends in perfectly with the topography of the beach. Pool depths of 140 to 180 cm make it ideal for all skate sports.

Skate plaza

The so-called “Plaza” is located in the southern area of the Skatepark Scharbeutz. This type of facility describes the areas of the park that are modelled on a public square. There you will find elements that are inspired, for example, by benches and stair railings in the city.

This area can be used by skaters, bikers, scooter riders and inline skaters alike.

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Architect

maier landschaftsarchitektur
Rösrather Straße 769
D – 51107 Köln

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Author

maier landschaftsarchitektur

Amelie Schiffer
Johannes Bühlbecker
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Opening

2020

Physical address

Skatepark Scharbeutz
Strandallee 98C
D – 23683 Scharbeutz

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Stade de la Tuilière

Four corners, one stadium

Stade de la Tuilière in Lausanne

 

 

 

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Situation

The new Stade de la Tuilière is located in Northern part of the city of Lausanne, at the point where the city’s dense urban fabric gives way to the more open countryside.

The sports infrastructure at the new “Centre sportif de la Tuilière” comprises nine football pitches, arranged in two rows, in addition to an athletics facility with a training centre. The stadium picks up on the idea of the slightly offset rectangular pitches, taking it even further. Positioned at a slight angle to the training pitches, the stadium square is orchestrated to form the city-side entry point to the sports campus.

Nothing but football

The Stade de la Tuilière is intended exclusively for football matches and major events, with no peripheral uses. Its limited deployment and its location on the outskirts of the city permit a design focused fully on the stadium as a sports facility.

With its distinctive, unforgettable structure, it serves as a carrier of identity and memories. Its architecture emotionalises with the steep stands bringing spectators right up to the action on the pitch and the low roof amplifying the background noise of the chanting fans. The architecture thus contributes in no small way to boosting the team’s home advantage through its structural measures. The building, history and identity of “FC Lausanne-Sport” are all to merge into a single whole.

Four corners

Folding back the four corners of the stadium enables the design to be tailored to the confined space on the site. The ingenious corner solution permits a generous free flow of visitors around the building at ground-floor level, linking the stadium square to its surrounding areas. At the same time, it creates a covered public space to serve as a go-between, reconciling the outside with the inside and the city with the football stadium. The corners simultaneously serve as entrance areas, providing initial glimpses of the pitch and allowing the atmosphere in the stadium to be already savoured from the outside.

The folded back corners also lend the stadium the impressive, unmistakeable and even iconic look of a convex vessel, indicative of its use and what lies within.

A place of anticipation

The ancillary functions on the ground floor, which include catering, circulation and lounge zones, from the surrounding area, have been integrated into the building.

The inner shell Is shaped by the geometry of the stands. “Mouth holes” cut out of the stands provide access to the innermost zone. The space between the two shells is like a resonance box, amplifying the happenings on the pitch: a place of anticipation, exchange and encounters.

The pitch takes over

While the stadium boasts with a spectacular exterior and splendid views from its intermediate zone, the lines on the inside exude tranquillity. It is the pitch and the protagonists acting on it that take over the dramaturgy here. Nothing which could cause distraction was added, even the seating rows run horizontally round the corners.

The vomitories emerging from the inner shell blend into the picture almost completely calm. Even the business and VIP zones are matched to the geometry of the seating. Everything is in servitude to the stadium’s purpose: the game.

A prominent new address

On the outside, the geometry of the beams and the underside of the stands dominate the stadium on three sides. The west side, by contrast, houses the main stand with its specific uses. The various cloakrooms, press and VIP zones are visible over three floors through a filigree glass skin.

Gentle creases between the vertically configured strips of glass enhance the impression that this façade is just a light glass curtain. Its fragmented reflections break up the vast scale of the building. This entire complex not only serves as a backdrop to a new city square but also creates a prominent new address for the city of Lausanne.

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:mlzd
Alleestrasse 25
CH – 2503 Biel/ Bienne

Pat Tanner, Daniele Di Giacinto, Alain Brülisauer, Andreas Frank, Claude Marbach, David Locher, Adrian Widmer, Camille Schneider, Eliane Lehmann, Brigitte Ballif, Delphine Kohler, Robert Ilgen, Johannes Weisser,  Benjamin Minder, Julia Wurst,  Pascal Deschenaux, Magdalena Haslinger, Tobias Cebulla, Claudia Schmidt, Jonatan Anders, Natascha Kellner

 

Architect

Sollberger Bögli Architekten AG
Dipl. Architekten ETH BSA SIA
Mattenstrasse 108
CH – 2503 Biel

Ivo Sollberger, Lukas Bögli, Bernard Luisier, Silas Maurer, Kevin Fuchs, Josué von Bergen, Patrick Wüthrich

Client

City of Lausanne

Physical address

Stade de la Tuilière
Route de Romanel 10
CH – 1018 Lausanne

Opening

2020

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Ariel Huber Photography
des délices 1
CH – 1006 Lausanne

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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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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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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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Hans-Peter Schmitt

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Isfuglen

Hot and cold with a view

The Isfuglen winter bathing club

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Matters & Troldtekt Acoustic panels

Situation

The winter bathing club “Isfuglen” (Kingfisher) at Brøndby harbour has created a great clubhouse. Club members can enjoy cold goosebumps, hot saunas and a cosy get-together here.

With its jetties, yachts and leisure activities, Brøndby harbour is a charming meeting place for residents living south-west of Copenhagen. Almost all of the many small wooden houses are painted red. The Isfuglen winter bathing club has also taken up the tradition of rust-red wood.

Identity

At the very edge of the harbour construction, the wooden structure catches the eye and welcomes everyone who enters the harbour by boat.

Its opening to the water is one of the many qualities of Isfuglen. From the large terrace that connects the clubhouse with the main pier, members can enjoy the view of the open Baltic Sea. There are benches here that invite you to linger.

Programme

Inside, Isfuglen offers club members access to a sauna with a panoramic view of the sea and the horizon. Further facilities are of course changing rooms, showers and toilets.

The main room with a kitchenette is generously dimensioned and warm. The walls are made of plywood, the ceiling has Troldtekt acoustic panels as cladding. Winter bathers like to meet here for morning coffee.

Atmosphere

The large windows and glazed doors allow for close contact with the harbour and the sky above. The room is flooded with daylight and the created atmosphere is fantastic.

The wood and the Troldtekt panels underline the warm atmosphere and create great interior acoustics. The interior appears simple and complex at the same time. This is due to the fact that the ceilings reflect the shape of the small gable roofs with which the wooden house ensemble is covered. A mirror wall reflects the great view of the building’s interior. Inside and outside become one.

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Project data

Architect

Matters
Ewaldsgade 7, 1. sal
DK – 2200 København N

Ceiling

Troldtekt A/S
Sletvej 2A
DK – 8310 Tranbjerg J

Client

Brøndby Kommune

Physical address

Isfuglen
Brøndby Havn
Brøndby Havnevej 35, Sydøen
DK – 2650 Hvidovre

Opening

2019

Photograph

Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Author

Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

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Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo

Modern World

Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo in Santiago

 

 

 

IDOM

Situation

The Universidad Católica Sports Club, founded in 1937, inaugurated its current stadium in 1988, known as the San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium.

After more than three decades of activity, the club decided that it needed a renovation. For this reason it held a competition in which nine offices were presented, and the IDOM proposal was selected.

Importance

With this renovation, the management team of Cruzado intends to modernize the Stadium and its surroundings, making it a multipurpose venue, which will be an architectural landmark for the town of Las Condes and the city of Santiago, providing value and services to the Community, the perfect place to organize high-level sporting events, while generating new income.

“The new stadium will be a quality architectural icon for the community, visible from the environment and respectful of it, inspired by the traditional materials of Chilean architecture while looking to the future of football in the country,” says César Azcárate.

Location

From an architectural perspective, the project is conceived in section due to its location at the foot of the Cordillera, on a slight slope and looking towards the city of Santiago.

For this, a main building is configured, which is shown towards the city and which houses a large part of the hospitality uses.

Volume

Starting from the current Stadium, anchored to the ground as if it were a Greek amphitheater, the new needs, the new uses and the increase in capacity, from 14,000 to 20,000 spectators, generates a volume that is perceived as unitary, light and elevated with respect to what exists.

In this sense, the use of wood as the main element in the façade and the roof structure allows dialogue to be established between the tectonic and the light, while also being a sustainable resource, in line with the whole approach to the modernization of the Stadium.

From being open to being closed

A continuous boulevard is designed that allows access to all the upper part of the lower stands and that represents the line that separates what is linked to the ground from what is elevated. The new volumetric configuration will allow the stadium to go from being open to being closed covering the stands, generating a better football atmosphere, better acoustics and greater comfort for spectators. The stadium will also be 7/365, economically sustainable and with a wide range of hospitality activities.

Outlook

The construction works are scheduled to begin during the first half of 2022 and end in the second half of 2023, allowing the new venue to host some sports events of the Pan American Games to be held in Santiago in October of that year.

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Project data

Architect

IDOM

Client

CD Universidad Católica

Physical address

Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
Circunvalación Las Flores 13000
Las Condes
Región Metropolitana
Chile

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IDOM

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