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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Project data

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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Project data

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

Ariel Huber / EDIT images
Brauerstrasse 45
CH – 8004 Zürich

Author

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Saint Gellért Sports Hall

A work of art

Saint Gellért Sports Hall

építész stúdió

About

Szent Gellért Sports Hall (Szent Gellért Terem) in Budapest is an outstanding example of building within existing structures – and not only for this. It was built for the St. Margaret Gymnasium from the 1930s and was opened in summer 2020.

The design was developed by the Hungarian office építész stúdió.

Concept

The design of Szent Gellért Sports Hall was primarily determined by its location on the site. The site has a steep gradient, and on a derelict area behind the school there was enough space to accommodate the building and the necessary access areas.

The designers decided to embed the Szent Gellért sports hall. This has serious implications for the appearance of the hall, its surroundings and, of course, its internal organization.

Visible size

The visible size of the building is reduced by more than half. Behind the school the terrain rises sharply, so large parts of the hall are hidden under the (still growing) green of the slope.

The back of the Szent Gellért Sports Hall has completely disappeared into the slope, the side facades grow out of the terrain. The gallery level behind the south façade, on the other hand, is completely perceivable and opens up to the school with large glass surfaces.

The roof becomes the much-cited fifth façade – and with an additional pitch it can even be used. The unusual ball-catching device gives the whole thing enormous lightness – and the total contrast to the richly detailed school building.

Environment

Property and garden have a history. In the past, there used to be majestic terraces here. However, their character was lost in the Second World War. In the end, the area lay fallow.

The restoration of this garden with its historical inclination and the “roof terrace” for the pitch is not only extremely useful from a functional point of view, it also reminds us of the neo-baroque predecessor of the Szent Gellért Sports Hall.

Access

Szent Gellért Sports Hall is accessed from the back of St. Margaret Gymnasium. The entrance, changing rooms and showers for the athletes, as well as the teachers’ and storage rooms are all located on pitch level. This means short distances and saves time, which is of course helpful for school sports.

Spectators access the interior of the hall via the gallery level above. A spacious lobby with a view of the pitch leads visitors to the stands.

Usage

Accesses and paths for athletes and spectators are thus separated and lead to the heart of the hall, the pitch, on different levels. In addition to school sports, basketball and volleyball as well as fitness courses take place here – sometimes simultaneously.

Materials

The structure of the building makes no attempt to interfere with the historical structure of the school. This is very beneficial.

In keeping with this restrained approach, the architects have used the most simple materials possible. Wood, glass and exposed concrete dominate. Where necessary for daily use, the concrete construction was covered with wooden surfaces.

Roof

The ball catching fence on the roof is formed by closely spaced galvanized bar elements. Compared to the monolithic structure of the Szent Gellért Sports Hall, they appear almost transparent – or like a reward. The grid is strict, yet hardly noticeable next to the school’s detailed monument.

Everything seems simple. A work of art.

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Project data

Architect

építész stúdió
1016 Budapest,
HU – Krisztina krt. 71

Landscape architect

Dániel Takács, Dorottya Varró
HU – Budapest
Táncsics Mihály utca 83a/2

Client

Szent Margit Gimnázium

Physical address

Szent Margit Gimnázium
1114 Budapest
HU – Villányi út 5-7

Project team

Zsolt Félix, Tamás Fialovszky, Bálint Gulyás, Gergely Kenéz

Photograph

Gergely Kenéz

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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2020

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Alice Milliat Gymnasium

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Alice Milliat Gymnasium

Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

Situation

The Alice Milliat Gymnasium is a former covered market in a vast complex built in 1962 turned into a sports facility with two adjacent shops. Bordeaux City Council wanted to offer the neighbourhood a new high-quality sports facility and shops, while enlivening the existing façades of the building. Alice Milliat Gymnasium comprises a market, a sports centre and a car park on Cours Victor Hugo.

Although the complex had become a symbol of the city’s contemporary architectural heritage, it suffered from a lack of visual clarity a lack of connection between indoor and outdoor.

Highlighting the beauty

The proposal put forward by Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons had three main goals:

  • to bring more natural light into the heart of the building
  • to make the sports facility more visible, while remaining sympathetic to the original architectural design
  • to reclaim the public space in front of the building.

In the gap created by the demolition of the existing market and shops, the architects installed a glass box. The fragility of this entirely glazed structure sets a contrast to the existing concrete architecture and highlights its beauty.

The attention paid to the design of the glass box, in particular the use of ultra-clear glass and refined materials such as brass and wood, gives the gymnasium a touch of sophistication.

Sports areas

A multi-purpose sports hall, a dojo, and a dance and fitness studio occupy the entire ground floor. Special attention has been paid to the lighting, transparency and spaciousness of the sports areas.

The spacious double-height sports hall next to the reception area occupies a central position at the heart of the building. It opens towards the reception area and receives abundant natural light thanks to the mesh façades and the windows in the upper section of the lateral dividing walls, which are sound-proofed and thermally insulated.

On either side of the multi-purpose hall, the dojo and the dance and fitness studio have the same volume and the same thermal and sound insulation systems. Their façades overlooking the street bring in abundant natural light. To ensure as much sports space as possible, the changing rooms are organised in the basement.

Signage

The choice of the colour blue forms an ideal background for signage that reflects the identity of the facility. Directional signs inspired by a sports track clearly show the layout of sports areas and changing rooms. The stairs and brass design provide a sense of continuity with the rest of the building.

Urban continuity

The façade forms part and parcel of the redesigned pedestrian experience in this protected area of Bordeaux. The main façade features shops intended to re-energise the street. The sports hall entrance and its sliding glass doors in the centre of the façade on Cours Victor Hugo provides a strong sense of continuity.

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Project data

Architect

Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons
4, rue Martel – Bât. C
F – 75010 Paris

Client

City of Bordeaux

Address

Gymnase Alice Milliat
117 Cours Victor Hugo
F – 33000 Bordeaux

Opening

2018

Photos

Arthur Pequin

Author

Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

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Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

Let there be light

Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes 

Picado De Blas Arquitectos

Situation

This project has been carried out thanks to the Torrelodones municipality initiative which seeks to improve the current conditions of the most degraded public schools in the area by introducing a small architectural intervention network of new constructions.

This gives the opportunity to introduce ecological concepts in schools with very low cost.

Let the sunshine in

In this case, a small pavilion was required for a sports activity next to the existing school.

Breaking up with the traditional concept of this type of spaces, which are usually very closed to the outside, a large window opened to east appears, offering a view of the sky.

Design

The project approach is to set up the pavilion as a removable architectural piece, quickly erected, sustainable and innovative. We thought at this point in removable refrigeration panel self-supporting structure, a typical material used in the industry, which is lightness and has a high energy efficiency that facilitates its quick assembly and keeps safely the possibility of reuse in the future.

These panels have a 10 cm thickness, weighing the whole building less than a quarter of what would weight a traditional construction.

Realisation

We understand as innovative this proposal, not only for the introduction of industrial panel systems, but also because of the acoustic absorption achieved in the interior space. The impact absorption on the ground was ensured by superimposing several special absorbent sheets under the pavement, while echoes and reverberations on the walls were counteracted by a 3D textile material specially designed for this project.

The wood used as the final floor finishing is an industrial oak recycled wood, which is made with the remains of other woods. This material will provide warmth and facilitates the indoor sports performance.

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Project data

Architect

PICADO-DE BLAS ARQUITECTOS
Calle González Amigó nº23
E – 28033 Madrid

Client

Community of Torrelodones

Team

Rubén Picado Fernández, María José de Blas
Carlos Diaz-Monis, Jorge Li, Teresa Casbas, Sofía Fernández, Will Tooze

Address

Calle Ntra. Sra. del Carmen, 10
28250 Torrelodones
E – Madrid

Opening

2019

Photos

Alberto Amores
Estudio Picado-de Blas

Author

PICADO-DE BLAS ARQUITECTOS

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Bamboo Sports Hall

Cool and pleasant

Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School

Chiangmai Life Construction

About

Chiangmai Life Architects’ Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and a natural material: bamboo.

Situated in the cultural heart of northern Thailand, Panyaden International School in Chiang Mai is a green school built from earth and bamboo and is peacefully located among rice fields just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Panyaden International School

Panyaden International School was founded to deliver a holistic education based on Buddhist principles integrated with a modern curriculum. Students who graduate here “will not only have internationally compatible skills in reading, writing, mathematics and science but also practical life skills such as how to grow vegetables and eat healthily, how to overcome difficulties and social responsibility.” The campus design, by its layout and non-reliance on unnecessary resources or technologies, makes the school simple to use and easy to maintain. 

Bamboo Sports Hall

The buildings that make up the school fall into two categories. The classrooms and offices were built with load bearing walls made of rammed earth which carry bamboo roofs, cladding as well as structural elements.

Due to the high thermal mass of rammed earth walls, temperature variations are moderated, thus eliminating the need for air conditioning. The several open pavilions (which are called sala in Thai) that house the assembly hall, the Buddhist chapel, the school canteen, and a covered play area next to the swimming pool, are completely made out of bamboo, also using bamboo set on large boulders of natural stone for the structural supports. 

The brief: a smooth integration

The architects brief was to build a sports hall that should be big enough to house the projected capacity of 300 students, but still smoothly integrates with the previous earthen and bamboo buildings of the school as well as the natural hilly landscape of the area. The hall should provide modern sports facilities and only use bamboo to maintain the low carbon footprint and the “Green School” mission of Panyaden.

Bamboo Sports Hal covers an area of 782 m², and hosts futsal, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, as well as a stage that can be lifted automatically. The backdrop of the stage is the front wall of a storage room for sports and drama equipment. On both long sides balconies provide space for both parents and other visitors to observe sporting events or shows.

Carbon footprint: zero

Bamboo Sports Hall was designed with the help of two independent engineers for modern safety standards in construction to withstand the local high-speed winds, earthquakes and other natural forces.

The innovative structural design is based on newly developed prefabricated bamboo trusses with a span of over 17 meters without steel reinforcements or connections. These trusses were prebuilt on site and lifted into position with the help of a crane.

Bamboo Sports Hal’s carbon footprint is zero. The bamboo used absorbed carbon to a much higher extent than the carbon emitted during treatment, transport and construction.

Conclusion

The design and material of Bamboo Sports Hal enable a cool and pleasant climate all year round through natural ventilation and insulation. At the same time, the exposed bamboo structure is a feast to the eye and an example of masterly handicraft.

The bamboo was all well selected for age and treated with borax salt. No toxic chemicals were involved in the treatment process. The life span of the bamboo hall is expected to be at least 50 years.

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Architect

Chiangmai Life Construction Co., Ltd.
326 Thanon Kan Klong,
T. Nong Kwai,
A. Hangdong,
THA – Chiang Mai, 50230

Team

Markus Roselieb, Tosapon Sittiwong
Phuong Nguyen, Esteban Morales Montoya

Client

Panyaden International School

Address

Panyaden International School
 218 Moo 2
T. Namprae
A. Hang Dong
THA – Chiang Mai 50230

Opening

2017

Photos

Markus Roselieb (CLA); Außenaufnahmen
Alberto Cosi: Innenaufnahmen

Text

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Puig d’en Valls

Let the sun shine in

Puig d’en Valls Sports Centre

OMCEA Arquitectura

Essence

The project of the Es Puig d’en Valls Sports Centre was conceived in two distinct phases. The first consisted of the covering of the two existing outdoor courts, the second was the design and realization of the enclosure of its perimeter.

During the realization of the first phase, MCEA Arquitectura received the brief for the design of the enclosure. The main design goal was to achieve an element of fusion between the interior and its broader setting, so as not to lose the essence of the outdoor space for the practice of sports, which had been used as such by teams from Es Puig d’en Valls for years.

Shades of colour

Indeed, it was during the implementation of the first phase of Es Puig d’en Valls Sports Centre that the architects discovered the intensity of the shades of colour that the sun projected onto the building from first light of dawn (due to the absence of obstacles to the east) until dusk. For this reason, the introduction of these fleeting tones of natural light into the newly defined space became a fundamental element of the project, giving continuity in time to the sporting essence of the existing space, which previously was completely open.

Six surfaces

To define the relationship of permanent change between the interior and exterior, MCEA Arquitectura worked with the building’s six surfaces: the ground, introducing a blue colour so evident in the Balearic landscape, the ceiling, of corrugated aluminium, with a reflective capacity providing a fusion of all elements in the development, and the four walls. The walls are materialized through the combination of blind panel walls and lattice walls of 24 cm, exposed white brick with sufficient permeability to allow for the compositional overlapping of two opposing facades and the introduction of the colours of the environment as part of the composition of each of these.

Facades

On the western facade, the lattice panels are aligned according to the horizontal line marked by the stream that runs alongside the building. The eastern facade breaks this linearity to allow for a reflection of the broken lines of the mountainous horizon beyond. The southern facade, which provides the main access, incorporates a lattice fabric in a continuous state of changing colours, and as such constitutes the most representative element of the whole plot. The material selected for the lattice (white open brick), as well as providing notable nuances of colour according to the sun’s position, these ranging from ochre at certain hours of the day to pure whites, allows for the inclusion of a 24cm thick wall which greatly inhibits the entry of water into the enclosure, even in adverse weather conditions.

A close relationship

As a result seeking a close relationship between interior and exterior, the building is able to take full advantage of the prevailing climatic conditions, in order to attain a system of ventilation and natural lighting, and which leads to a level of energy consumption close to zero.

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Architect

MCEA | Arquitectura
Avda. Teniente Montesinos, 8, Bajo. 30100
ES – Murcia

Address

Es Puig D’en Valls.
Santa Eulària des Riu
ES – Ibiza

Client

City of Puig d’en Valls

Opening

2017

Team

Structure: QL Ingeniería
Surveying: María José González Vicente
Execution Management: José María López Llaquet
Building company: TECOPSA

Photos

David Frutos
Fotografía de Arquitectura

Text

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Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium

Welcoming architecture

Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium in Abidjan

Koffi & Diabaté Architects

About

The Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, designed by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes, opened in 2017.

is a perfect combination of meeting the needs of the students and attention to sustainability in this particular climatic belt in the world.

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Passive design

The architects started off with a highly sustainable approach by using passive design.

The 3,822 square metre Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium , perfect for the 1,500 high school students to play sports, was built entirely from bare concrete, with contemporary geometric lines and is a gentle fit on the slope of the school site. One of these – the red sheet metal skin – stands out in particular. It makes sense in this hot and humid tropical climate because it is perforated, bringing natural ventilation and light throughout the whole facility and at the same time eliminating the need for air-conditioning. 

This bioclimatic decision softens the bold materiality of this imposing volume and paves the way for a sensation of comfort, at the same time underscoring the connection between interior and exterior.

Functionality and atmosphere

The inside of Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium  is distinguished by the attentive work focused on the functional aspect, the fluidity of outdoor circulation and the easy maintenance. The locker rooms, a teacher’s hall, a storage area, and the gym are all located on the ground floor.

Upstairs, the steel structure and its cladding acting as external Venetian blinds, accommodate bleachers with a capacity of 200 spectators and opens to a sports platform of 1000 square meters offering an exceptional place for various events that animate the Secondary School.

The indoor climbing wall is the first in western Africa, 36 metres wide and 9 metres high. The sports equipment is as discreet as possible and can be moved for greater flexibility in the use of spaces. 

Welcoming architecture

Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium  is functional, welcoming, sustainable and iconic; it is an architecture that joyously celebrates the present without forgetting the past despite being projected towards the future, in accordance with a famous aphorism by the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal who gave his name to the high school.

The Blaise Pascal High School Gymnasium  won the award for the best sports building built at the 2018 World Architecture Festival. The jury recognised it as “an exemplary, ethical and beautifully realised project, perfectly balancing tectonic and environmental design with astonishingly mature spatial and formal control.”

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Architect

Koffi & Diabaté Architectes
Cocody Danga Nord
Boulevard Latrille
CIV – Abidjan

Address

Riviera 3
CIV – Abidjan

Client

AGPB – Association Gestionnaire de Blaise-Pascal
Lycée français Blaise Pascal – Riviera
CIV – 3– 25 BP 2257

Opening

2017

Photographs

François Xavier Gebré

Text

Christiane Bürklein
creative networking
Via del Castello 4
I – 15050 Montemarzino (AL)

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Turó de la Peira

Smells like green spirit

Turó de la Peira sports centre

Anna Noguera + Javier Fernandez

About

In 2015, the Barcelona City Council held an architectural competition for the design of an urban block and a sports facility consisting of an indoor swimming pool and a sports court: Turó de la Peira.

The winning proposal by Anna Noguera and Javier Fernandez frees space from the urban environment prior to the intervention and creates a large garden providing environmental quality. The building is half-buried and minimizes its impact towards the garden through a green gallery that surrounds it.

Urban regenaration

Prior to the intervention, the urban environment was an unstructured space consisting of a sum of residual spaces; a space occupied by a sports court tucked between neighboring buildings, and a pool of obsolete facilities. An urban landscape of hard pavement, concrete walls and total absence of vegetation.

One of the new Turó de la Peira sports centre’s aims is to reclaim the free space inside the block from the old Calderón de la Barca swimming pool to the Turó de la Peira Municipal Sports Track as a green area for local residents. That is why the two old facilities, the swimming pool and the track, have been brought together under the same roof.

Volumetric integration

Turó de la Peira is composed by the overlap of two large spaces: the swimming pool on the ground floor and sports hall on the upper floor.

The building is placed half-buried, adapting the topography and bridging the difference in level between the two streets. The facade to Sant Iscle Street has an urban character, with a corner porch that extends the sidewalk and invites us to enter.

The building minimizes its impact to the garden with a green, surrounding gallery. The volume is one more element of the garden, not mimicking but dialoguing with it.

Energy efficiency

Turó de la Peira was designed under sustainability criteria. And that is because the building was designed for maximum performance: solar orientation, green facade and thermal insulation etc. What is more, it generates renewable energy through photovoltaic panels.

The design of the building has been carried out with passive architecture criteria. Skylights and windows, monitored by sensors, ensure proper cross-ventilation.  

The compact and embedded volume minimizes the façade surface avoiding thermal losses.  The thermal insulation of the whole enclosure has been selectively treated according to solar orientation.

Efficient systems

The building‘s aerothermal system allows the recovery of heat to produce hot water. The lighting has power control systems depending on the natural lighting.

The photovoltaic panels occupy the entire roof deck and generate 90% of the energy needed to run Turó de la Peira.

The excellent characteristics of the wood in relation to its lifecycle, was one of the reasons for choosing the prefabricated system in laminated wood. It was also assessed due to its good mechanical performance, its lightness and its short construction time.

Green façade

A green gallery surrounds Turó de la Peira protecting it from the sun and creating a bioclimatic space. The access ramp to the sports court runs between the facade and the green mesh where the vines grow.

From the court, the entire green facade is totally perceived through the curtain wall, enjoying its flowering changes according to the time of the year.

Water recycling

A large tank located in the basement collects rain water from the roof for reuse for the entire irrigation of the green façade by means of a hydroponic system.

In the garden’s site development, draining strips at the bottom of the slopes collect rainwater to return it to the water table.

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Project data and companies involved

Client

Institut Barcelona Esports
Ajuntament de Barcelona

Architects

Arquitectura Anna Noguera
Javier Fernandez
Aragó 224, 3er 1a
ES – 08011 Barcelona

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Anna Noguera
Javier Fernandez

Address

Turó de la Peira
Carrer de Sant Iscle, 50, 54
ES – 08031 Barcelona

Opening

2018

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Wettingen Cantonal School

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Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

Multifunctional

Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

ppa●architectures + Encore Heureux

Site and surroundings

On the north bank of the river Tarn, 400m as the crow flies from Albi’s celebrated Cathedral of Saint Cecilia, Pratgraussals sits in a bend on the river on the site of a former quarry, latterly appreciated for leisure and nature.

For the new community centre, ppa●architectures + Encore Heureux have proposed a building that responds to the landscape, and whose morphology allows for a variety of possible future uses. The distant spire of Saint Cecilia’s Cathedral calls for a building of great simplicity, laid out horizontally, its gallery reinforcing its pedestrian links.

Building

The sloping roofs indicate the centre, over the main events hall, and the two extremities at the south and north correspond respectively to the main entrance and the artists’ entrance. The peripheral walkway becomes a suspended canopy, indicating the entrance. The simplicity of the volumes and combination of materials offers a double scale: a domestic scale, with particular reference to agricultural buildings, and the scale of a public building open to all.

Interior

The Pratgraussals community centre is a major amenity, part of the community, inviting, conceived to cater for the wide range of events that it needs to accommodate.

The brief stipulates the construction of a large hall to seat 500, plus associated services: reception, dressing rooms, technical logistics, kitchens, management, as well as the necessary external developments in the meadow to the west, with its events stage.

Program

A hall designed both as an important piece of equipment for the Pause Guitare festival, and a welcoming and convivial building for multiple uses in the city of Albi. A simple brief for a community venue for parties, meetings, games and events for all ages and all passions.

To these criteria was added the requirement that the building be constructed in less than 11 months in time for the 2017 and 2018 festivals.

Functionality and uses

The centre of the project is the large events hall, whose roof makes it possible to adapt a reception area by decomposing it into three separate spaces, thus being able to accommodate a range of configurations. Particular care was given to ensure both natural light during the daytime, as well as the possibility to black out for shows or projections.

At either end of this space are, to the south the main entrance to the building, and to the north a secondary entrance, providing the option of extending the events’ space out into these two additional volumes. A broad canopy protects the southern entrance from the summer sun or provides shelter from the rain. On the north side, the canopy extends out away from the building, forming an external space like a little patio giving onto the park, which can be privatised. To the east, a functional concept provides access the entire building via an internal access passage.

Materials

This large space is covered by a zinc roof consisting of eight clearly defined pitches, contributing to the iconic form of the building. The facades are clad in timber from the Limousin region. The bases of the walls are in prefabricated concrete studded with pebbles from the neighbouring Tarn river. The materials are simple and natural, signs of basic comfort and real durability.

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Project data and companies involved

Address

Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals
113 rue de Lamothe
Ville d’Albi
F – 81000 Toulouse

Opening

2018

Construction costs

€6,300,000

Architects

ppa • architectures
Jean Manuel Puig, Laure Alberty, Ana Castro
9 bis rue Ernest Jeanbernat
F – 31000 Toulouse 

ENCORE HEUREUX
Nicola Delon, Margot Cordier , Olivier Caudal
104 rue d’Aubervilliers
F – 75019 Paris

Competition team:
Clémence Durupt, Guillaume Sicard, Floriane De Roover, Romain Léal

 

Photos

Cyrus Cornut
Philippe Ruault
RKhoob Photographies
Hugo Segura
Studio tChiz
Encore Heureux

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Academia Unileão

Simply beautiful

Academia Unileão in Juazeiro do Norte

Lins Arquitetos Associados

Situation

The Unileão gym & school building is located in Juazeiro do Norte, CE. It sits within the Cariri region, which is encompassed by the Brazilian northeastern steppe climate, an extremely dry and hot area. The building serves the Physical Education course offered by the University and is used by its students, faculty, and staff.

Location

The building was set in a pre-existing plateau that guided its East-West orientation, that is, with large facades exposed to a greater solar incidence every day of the year. This is not the ideal situation for the Brazilian semi-arid climate, and for that reason different thermal comfort strategies were applied to reduce the temperature inside the building.

Ground plan

The complex is formed by five circles of 7.80m radius, 6.00m of which are useful area and 1.80m are garden area. Each circle works as a cell destined for a different activity. Two cells are used for weight training, one for the reception and canteen, another for aerobic activities, and an administration and staff service cell. Each cell connects directly with one another forming a set of approximately 64 meters in length. Three verandas assist those connections and serve either to mark the main entrance of the gym or to support functional training.

Façade

As a way of minimizing the solar incidence directly inside the building all the facades were designed in three layers. The first and more external layer filters the sunlight and is designed with solid ceramic tiles distanced from one another such as to create a pattern that allows light in. This pattern brings three-dimensionality and volume to the facade, creating an interesting light and shadow effect. The second layer shelters an inside garden with species of vegetation adapted to the climate of the region and that contribute to creating a pleasant microclimate. The third and final layer is composed of pivoting frames of clear glass that allow the mechanical cooling of the gym if necessary.

Conclusion

The roofing of the building is designed with thermo-acoustic tiles that protect the interior of the building from excessive heat. The exposed concrete and solid ceramic tiles in their natural colors are the materials that stand out. The industrial flooring and all the exposed electrical and hydraulic installations bring an industrial feel to the interior of the building.

In summary, the building proposes to rationalize the spatial distribution, promoting an easy reading of the sectorization, while exploring the tactile and visual stimuli through materials, light and shadow effects, and vegetation, contributing to the comfort and permanence of users.

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Companies involved and project data

Architects

Lins Arquitetos Associados
Cintia Lins, George Lins
Rua Manoel Miguel dos Santos, 330
Juazeiro do Norte, Cariri 
Brasilien

Opening

2018

Photographs

Joana França

Built surface

964 m²

Address

Cidade Universitária
Juazeiro do Norte
Ceará, 63040-410
Brasilien

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Lins Arquitetos Associados

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Louvain-la-Neuve

Road to Tokyo

Centre d’athlétisme in Louvain-la-Neuve

REGUPOL BSW GmbH

Introduction

A world-class athletics hall opened in the tranquil Belgian town of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve in May 2019: the “Centre d’athlétisme de LLN”, a training and competition facility for elite athletes. However, thanks to its architecture and interior design, the hall is also suitable for school and recreational sport – and even for completely different types of sport.

The facility was planned by Atelier d’Architecture de Genval and Chabanne + Partenaires. All sport surfaces are made from REGUPOL BSW in Bad Berleburg, Germany.

Location

Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve (31,000 inhabitants) is located in the centre of the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant.

Seven cities had applied for the location of this unique facility. The geographically central location in Belgium and the excellent transport links in connection with the Blocry sports centre finally turned the balance in favour of the Louvain-la-Neuve hamlet.

The Centre d’athlétisme de LLN provides the Blocry sports centre (opened in 1977) with a new focal point which will attract athletes far beyond the country’s borders. There are already inquiries from France and Qatar. The 10,000 m² sports hall is located next to the outdoor athletics facility and turns the sports centre into a year-round venue for training and competition.

The “Blocry Sports Complex” also includes several sports halls, a fitness centre, two inflatable halls, two swimming pools, seven full-size football and hockey fields and the necessary outbuildings. The athletics facility and one of the hockey fields have recently been refurbished.

Architecture and equipment

The facilities have both, special landscape and special urban design features. To the north, the hall is adjacent to a large nature reserve, while to the south it is connected by a pedestrian bridge with the Blocry sports centre. Visitors reach the foyer directly via this bridge.

The bright and open foyer creates visual contact between the visitors, the new hall and the outdoor athletics facility. The interior is largely glazed, so that the sporting activities are visible.

Facilities at the Centre d’athlétisme de LLN include

  • 200 metre circular track with six lanes
  • 60 m track with eight lanes
  • Two facilities each for all jumping disciplines: long, triple and high jump and pole vault
  • 100 m training track with jump pit
  • Training facility for shot put
  • 250 m warm-up track with four lanes
  • Gym
  • Outdoor training facility for long jump
  • Storage rooms, anti-doping control rooms, physiotherapy,etc.
  • Cafeteria overlooking the track

Use

Competitive sport has priority. Nevertheless, the operator also intends to make the hall accessible to local athletics clubs, schools and courses.

Furthermore, the Centre d’athlétisme de LLN is also open to other sports activities, such as judo and other martial arts on mats – or for badminton and table tennis. These sports will be performed in the centre of the hall. Depending on the type of event, there are between 2,500 (athletics) and up to 5,000 spectator seats (if the interior is used) on telescopic stands.

A catering area and offices, some of which are already leased, complete the project, additionally contributing to the profitability of the business.

Running tracks

In November 2018, REGUPOL BSW started with the installation of the track surface in the hall. The work was already completed by February.

The running track system Regupol AG was installed for the competition areas in the hall. This all-rounder already serves stadiums and halls around the world. Seamless, quick and non-slip, it is equally suitable for elite sports and recreational sports – making it ideal for the Centre d’athlétisme de LLN.

Another special feature: The six lanes are the widest that are approved according to the rules of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF). By comparison: the lanes in the athletics hall in Ghent are 90 cm wide, here they are 110 cm. This provides athletes with considerable added comfort.

The 1,000 m² area for the long-jump outdoor training facility was installed in-situ using a polyurethane sprayed coating. This coating named Regupol PD has two advantages: the installation takes less time and it is inexpensive because it requires less effort than a wear layer of interspersed EPDM granules.

The fitness room has an area of 450 m² and is equipped with an elastic, wear-resistant and non-slip everroll fitness floor.

Outlook

Belgian top athletes such as Ismaël Debjani have already extensively tested the hall, and the tracks in particular – and are thrilled. Debjani, the Borlée siblings and Nafi Thiam will use the Centre d’athlétisme de LLN to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Christian Maigret, Technical Director of the Belgian Athletics Association (LBFA), even promises “incentives” for the medal table.

In any case, the facilities are a fine example of how successful architecture and excellent equipment can literally give a boost to sport and exercise.

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Companies involved and project data

Architects

Atelier d’Architecture de Genval scrl
8 rue de la Sablière
B-1332 Genval

Chabanne + Partenaires
38 quai Pierre Scize
F-69009 Lyon

Opening

2019

Sports surfaces

REGUPOL BSW GmbH
Am Hilgenacker 24
D-57319 Bad Berleburg

Photos & illustrations

Altebene

Address

Centre d’athlétisme de LLN
1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve,
Belgien

Sports surfaces from Bad Berleburg

REGUPOL BSW sports areas are to be found not only in the Centre d´Athletisme de Louvain-La-Neuve, but also in thousands of other sports and leisure facilities worldwide.

REGUPOL BSW is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of elastic products for sports, construction and transport. In particular, the tartan tracks and playing fields from Bad Berleburg are known all over the world.

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