Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

Multifunctional

The “Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals”: a multifunctional venue in France and part of the “Festival Pause Guitare Sud de France”.

For the community centre, ppa architectures + Encore Heureux have proposed a building that responds to the landscape, and whose morphology allows for a variety of possible uses.

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Site

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.

Morphology

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.

Form

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.

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

Client

Mairie d’Albi

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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.

Albi

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.

Functionality

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.

Organisation

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.

Address

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

Opening

2018

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The building blends in perfectly and modestly with its surroundings – a real landmark for the municipality of Albi.

Materialials

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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Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ

Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ in Budapest

Post-Games Pergola

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architect

Napur Architect Architectural Office Ltd.

Client

ÉKM

Athletics tracks & equipment

Mondo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address

Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ
Budapest
Hajóállomás u. 1
1095 Hungary

Opening

2023

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

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

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

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

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

After that, it will actually become even more exciting.

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Pompidou gymnasium

Georges Pompidou gymnasium

Community centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project data

Architect

Enia Architectes
46 rue de Lagny 93
F – 100 Montreuil

Client

Ville de Courbevoie

Physical address

Gymnase Georges Pompidou
11 Rue Ficatier 9
F – 92400 Courbevoie

Opening

2018

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Enia Architectes

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La Minais sports hall

La Minais sports hall

Fits

A well-equipped key project for the development of the western French town of Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire.

The legible arrangement of functions gives the La Minais sports hall a clear stance.

Key project in the Minais district’s development, the La Minais sports hall is written as a winding that unifies the entire programme in a gesture on the landscape scale. La Minais sports hall is composed of three main elements: the multi-sports area, the bodily expression room and the service areas.

Organised in a stepped ring around the high volume of the multi-sports area, the orthogonal partition determines a use on each side and sectors easily practices with or without public.

The transition from the ground, grading the reading scales, minimises the verticality of the building and softens the relationship with the environment.

The equipment is impressive: In addition to a climbing wall, there are two grandstands with a total of 500 seats.

The construction system is based on a ground floor level in concrete for walls and floors. The emerging volumes are made of metal frame with beams reaching 40m in the multi-sports area. A triple-skin façade with external insulation constitutes a uniform envelope.

The standing seam cladding is composed of perforated and opaques aluminium sheets laid in variable horizontal lines. In this unitary cladding, the main entrance and the terrace are immediately revealed as major elements.

La Minais sports hall is written with quiet and bright tones created calm and serene atmospheres both inside and outside.

The insulated, three-shell façade gives the building a homogeneous appearance. And verve.

The clubs, sports associations and school groups are located on the ground floor, while the spectators are installed on the first floor. A large stairway leads up the public to the stands and to the reception area.

The reception room, generously glazed, is open both to the multi-sports area and toward the park through a long window extended by an accessible terrace.

Project data

Architect

Bohuon Bertic Architectes
7 rue Louise Weiss
F – 44200 Nantes

Client

Ville de Sainte-Luce-Sur-Loire

Physical address

Halle sportive La Minais
0 Rue Olympe de Gouges
F – 44980 Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire

Opening

2021

Photograph

Juan Cardona

Author

Bohuon Bertic Architectes

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Centro Deportivo Las Eras

Centro Deportivo Las Eras

Kissed awake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The climbing wall: a mountain symbol

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

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

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

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

The mesh: a connecting element

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

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

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

Project data

Architect

Enkiro

Client

Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid

Physical address

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

Opening

2021

Photograph

IMAGEN SUBLIMINAL
Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero

Author

Enkiro

Plans

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National Sports Centre in Magglingen

Indoor running track at the National Sports Centre in Magglingen

Run to you

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

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

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

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

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

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

Running tracks

Conica AG
Industriestrasse 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

Client

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport in Magglingen (EHSM)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical address

Eidgenössische Hochschule für Sport Magglingen
Hauptstrasse 247
CH – 2532 Magglingen

Opening

2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park

Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park

Let’s go!

Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park  is a meeting place for all generations, abilities and interests. 

The Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park promotes integration and creates space for socialising and participation.

The Frintrop Sport and Citizens’ Park opened in Essen in October 2022. This forward-looking project is the result of the transformation of a football ground into a versatile sports and leisure facility of social and societal importance.

The facility includes an outdoor hall with an artificial grass playing field, a basketball court with a plastic surface, play, climbing and trend sports areas as well as open spaces for events and celebrations of all kinds.

With its facilities, the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park promotes integration and creates space for people to come together and participate.

When this former football ground was converted into a multifunctional sports and leisure facility, high immission control requirements had to be taken into account.

The McArena outdoor hall is certainly the most versatile offer in the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park.

The park is run by the resident SC Frintrop 05/21, which was based on two clay sports grounds here three years ago. With the conversion of the first large sports ground into an artificial turf pitch in the summer of 2020, the football future of the committed club was ensured with the motto “Inclusion. Integration. Cooperation. Future.”

The Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park has now been built on the area of the second large sports ground – with barrier-free movement possibilities, adventure paths, lying areas, benches and various sports facilities.

The McArena outdoor hall is certainly the most versatile offer in the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park. Thanks to its canopy, the hall can be used all year round, and in the best conditions: in winter there is no snow on the playing field, in summer the athletes are in the shade, and on rainy days in the dry.

The technical equipment of the open-air hall is remarkable: digital scoreboard with time and goal counter, audio system controllable via Bluetooth and LED floodlight system.

The outdoor hall has an artificial turf surface, which is also suitable for wheelchair users. The revolving boards, the ball catching nets and the roof make the game fast and provide speed, community and a sense of achievement.

This is also ensured by the versatile technical equipment, which includes a permanently installed device measuring the speed of the shots on goal.

An individually controllable digital scoreboard and an audio system can be controlled via Bluetooth from any mobile phone for any form of acoustic accompaniment – from an announcement that a car is incorrectly parked to the beat for the Zumba course.

The floodlight system consists of energy-saving LED lights under the hall roof. This means that the hall can even be used in the dark.

Of course, the footballers of SC Frintrop are happy about the new hall. However, its versatility also makes it suitable for many other activities.

Another special feature of the hall is its adaptability to the requirements of sound insulation. In Essen, two walls were closed for this reason. For people with visual impairments, this design method can even be a benefit, because the sound feedback improves their orientation.

Of course, the footballers of SC Frintrop are also happy about the new hall. However, its versatility also makes it suitable for many other activities – open sports and exercise offers, senior sports and gymnastics, girls’ dance lessons, taiji and qigong have been taking place since before the opening.

There will be groups and supervised training offers for practically all devices and playing fields, which will promote the success of the project.

Another highlight is the basketball arena. It’s not only accessible to wheelchair users, but it’s also suitable for them thanks to the non-slip plastic covering.

In this area of the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park , immission control also played a major role, because the basketball arena is also located on a property boundary. Here, too, the planners from Seeger Landschaftsarchitektur have made a virtue out of necessity: the required soundproofing walls, which are more than five metres high, were designed as gabions and are being expanded into a generous climbing wall.

The boules court will certainly attract many older people. In addition, there is a calisthenics complex, a trampoline field, wave running and parcours. The swing area has a net swing and equipment suitable for wheelchair users, which promotes the interaction of children with and without restrictions.

A beach volleyball court and a function building are still under construction. Both will be completed this year.

There will be groups and supervised training offers for practically all devices and playing fields, which will promote the success of the project.

Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park  is a meeting place for all generations, abilities and interests. 

So the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park  is a meeting place for all generations, abilities and interests. Thanks to the enormous commitment of the association in the field of inclusion and the integration of refugees, an entire district and its social and societal development can benefit here.

This is probably one of the main reasons why the Ruhr Conference (which is an initiative of the NRW state government to strengthen the Ruhr area) is putting €1,500,000 into the “Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park” project. The total cost is €2,000,000.

The park is open every day from 9 am to 9 pm and is freely accessible. Let’s go there!

Project data

Design

Seeger Landschaftsarchitektur
Cyriakusstr. 31 a
D – 41468 Neuss

Open-air hall

McArena GmbH
Karl-Ferdinand-Braun-Straße 3
D – 71522 Backnang

Operator

SC Frintrop 05/21 e.V.
Schemmannsfeld 29
D – 45359 Essen

Physical address

Sport- und Bürgerpark Frintrop
Schemmannsfeld 29
D – 45359 Essen

Opening

2022

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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McArenas Esslingen

The McArena open-air halls at the Sportpark Weil

Football and everything else

Open-air halls have a bright future – especially when they are as versatile as the McArenas Esslingen.

The two open-air halls are barrier-free and can be used in a variety of ways.

In the spring of 2022, two adjacent open-air halls were opened in Esslingen am Neckar: one for football, the other for everything else. They expand upon the Sportpark Weil’s already impressive offering: football, fencing, tennis, bowling, dancing, health-focused or rehabilitative sport, indoor and outdoor volleyball – this is all possible here.

The two open-air halls are barrier-free and can be used in a variety of ways. They were built by McArena.

Users of the halls include the neighbouring clubs and schools, but also private groups, who can secure a time slot online. The state and the federal governments supported the construction of the Esslingen McArenas by providing 712,000 euros. This corresponds to 90 percent of the chargeable costs.

There is an increasing need for smaller, multifunctional facilities which can be accessed quickly and without membership.

The ongoing boom in open-air halls is a logical consequence of the way our sports behaviour has changed.

The sport we want to do is becoming more and more nuanced and individual. Classic core sports venues need to evolve, and are doing so. There is an increasing need for smaller, multifunctional facilities which can be accessed quickly and also used without needing to be tied to the club or have membership.

Today’s open-air halls, like the Esslingen McArenas, are roofed, versatile sports fields that can be illuminated and which are technically very well equipped. However, their biggest advantage is that they allow us do sports outdoors all year round and to be protected by the roof from the wind and weather when doing so.

The two halls in Esslingen are the first to have solar panels installed and greenery planted on their roofs. The two halls are also extremely economical: they do not require heating, are illuminated by LEDs, and are operated via a building automation system. Electricity is only consumed here when it is actually used.

The two open-air halls were designed from the outset to be barrier-free and were expressly conceived of for inclusive sports

The two open-air halls were designed from the outset to be barrier-free and were expressly conceived of for inclusive sports. They are also used accordingly.

This is made possible by the 1.35-m-wide door openings on all sides and the placement of all operating elements at hip height, or the use of wireless operation.

The two clubs FC Esslingen and SV 1845 Esslingen use the halls. In addition, the surrounding schools, residents, businesses and social institutions use the all-weather sports areas of the two open-air halls.

However, the digital operating concept also enables private groups and commercial providers to secure online time slots for the McArena.

Open-air halls have a bright future – especially when they are as versatile as the McArenas Esslingen.

The modern artificial grass pitches are the centrepiece of the McArenas. They are ideal for most ball sports and exercise programmes. The circulating belts and ball nets make the game much faster and more intense. Above all, this eliminates the annoying task of having to fetch the ball.

The construction of the open-air halls consists of solid steel beams, while the roof covering is made from trapezoidal metal sheets with anti-condensation fleece. The roof surfaces of the two halls are each half covered with a photovoltaic system and extensive greenery.

The two halls have yet more extras to offer. These include LED lighting integrated into the roof, a digital display panel (which can be controlled via a button in the goal crossbars), and a system for measuring the shooting speed. The music system can be controlled via any smartphone.

The concept and features of the Esslingen McArenas have also convinced politicians. The state and federal governments have therefore provided 712,000 euros of funding for this project. This corresponds to 90 percent of the chargeable costs.

Open-air halls are simply the future.

Project data

Open-air hall

McArena GmbH
Karl-Ferdinand-Braun-Straße 3
D – 71522 Backnang

Physical address

Sportpark Weil
Weilstraße 199
D – 73733 Esslingen am Neckar

Opening

2022

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup

Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup

Rich in variety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project data

Client

Stadt Aarhus / Brabrand Boligforening

Acoustic panels

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

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

Opening

2021

Author

Thomas Mølvig, Architekt
(Advertorial)

Photograph

Thomas Mølvig, Architekt.

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The Heart

The Heart in Ikast

Listen to your heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project data

Architect

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

Client

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

Acoustic panels

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

Physical address

Hjertet
Vestergade 65
Dk – 7430 Ikast
Dänemark

Opening

2018

Author

C.F. Møller

Photograph

Adam Mork

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Jahn Sports Hall

Jahn Sports Hall in Lippstadt

New opportunities

The Jahnplatz in Lippstadt is the sporting center of the city, so the new Jahnsporthalle creates new opportunities here.

The construction of the new three-field sports hall adds another attractive element to the sporting centre of the city.

The new Jahn Sports Hall in Lippstadt, Germany, enhances the sporting centre of the city and harmonises perfectly with its surroundings. The joint project between the Evangelical Church and the city of Lippstadt offers more opportunities for schools and associations.

The Jahnplatz in Lippstadt (North Rhine-Westphalia) is a paradise for sports enthusiasts. It offers not only the opportunity to play football or burn off energy on the running track but also ample scope for individual sports. For example, the dirt park for mountain bikers, the skatepark or the large exercise park.

The construction of the new three-field sports hall adds another attractive element to the sporting centre of the city. Eling architekten of Lippstadt have created a modern 2,450 m² three-field hall on behalf of the city and the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, which harmonises perfectly with the local surroundings.

The existing retaining wall bordering on Jahnplatz was skilfully integrated into the design, offering visitors as a place to sit and watch the world go by.

Located in the immediate vicinity of the secondary school and the Jahnplatz, the light-flooded white hall rests on a brick base.

The existing retaining wall bordering on Jahnplatz was skilfully integrated into the design, offering visitors as a place to sit and watch the world go by.

Here visitors will also find the entrance, with long concrete stairs leading into the foyer, which is flooded with light thanks to the large windows. There is also a ramp leading into the new building.

Acoustic ceiling panels enhance the wood-and-concrete aesthetic.

Inside Jahn Sports Hall, a large grandstand offers space for about 600 people, and there are several multi-purpose rooms, which can be used for the theory lessons taught alongside the sports classes, as well as changing rooms.
Light concrete elements are combined with light wood elements, making the entire hall, which also includes a climbing wall, bright and inviting. In keeping with this design, acoustic panels in a natural wood tone were installed on the ceiling.
Since its inauguration in October 2021, the Jahn Sports Hall has enjoyed great popularity not only among students but also among clubs.

Project data

Architect

Eling achitekten
Cappelstraße 8
D – 59555 Lippstadt

Client

Evangelische Kirche
Stadt Lippstadt

Acoustic ceiling

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

Jahnsporthalle
Udener Str. 2
D – 59555 Lippstadt

Opening

2021

Author

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Olaf Wiechers
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

(Advertorial)

Photograph

Olaf Wiechers

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Cradle to Cradle

From silver to gold

Cradle to Cradle

The vision behind Cradle to Cradle is a world in which manufacturers design their products for a circular economy.

Advancing to Gold level is primarily the result of Troldtekt introducing new paint recipes in production.

After ten years of Cradle to Cradle certification at Silver level, the entire range of Troldtekt cement-bonded wood wool acoustic solutions has now advanced to Gold level. The vision behind Cradle to Cradle is a world in which manufacturers design their products for a circular economy – in other words where the materials can be reintroduced in new cycles.

Advancing to Gold level is primarily the result of Troldtekt introducing new paint recipes in production.

The switch to the new paint type means that Troldtekt is moving up two levels – from Silver to Platinum – within material health, which is one of the five categories of criteria counting towards Cradle to Cradle certification. And as Troldtekt is already at Gold or Platinum level in the other four categories, it triggers overall certification at Gold level. The certification is officially valid from 1 March 2022.

“It’s not just a small corner of our range that is now Cradle to Cradle-certified at Gold level – it is the entire range of Troldtekt cement-bonded wood wool products.”
Tina Snedker Kristensen

“More than a decade ago, we chose to base our business strategy on the Cradle to Cradle principles. Since then, we have optimised our production by switching to renewable energy, by systematically recycling waste and much more. Material health, and specifically the preservatives in the paint, have been the only barrier to achieving Gold certification. Therefore, the new paint recipes represent quite a milestone for us,” says Tina Snedker Kristensen, Head of Sustainability and Communications at Troldtekt A/S.
“It’s not just a small corner of our range that is now Cradle to Cradle-certified at Gold level – it is the entire range of Troldtekt cement-bonded wood wool products in either natural wood or painted in our standard colours white, grey and black. The certification also covers our design series and our brand new carbon-negative acoustic panels based on the cement type FUTURECEM™,” she adds.
In practice, the systematic work with Cradle to Cradle means that Troldtekt possesses in-depth knowledge of all the ingredients in the acoustic panels, right down to 100 parts per million. Analyses have shown that the panels do not contain any substances which are harmful to humans or the environment. Healthy ingredients are a prerequisite for being able to reintroduce products into new biological and technical cycles. And healthy cycles are the backbone of the circular economy.

“After lengthy discussions with our paint suppliers, we’ve now arrived at a new and durable paint recipe which contains no harmful biocides.”
Vibeke Pedersen

The preservatives – biocides – in the paint for the acoustic panels have so far stood in the way of achieving Cradle to Cradle certification at Gold level. However, recipes have now been successfully developed that use newer and more sustainable preservation technology.

“Preservatives are necessary to avoid having to discard large quantities of paint due to spoiling and frequent colour changes in production.” explains Vibeke Pedersen, Head of Engineering Department at Troldtekt A/S.

“Since installing our new paint facility in 2016, we have collected and recycled excess paint – or ‘overspray’ as it is called – from our spray booths, which has cut the amount of paint we waste by 70 per cent.”
“If we removed the preservatives, we would no longer be able to use the overspray due to microbial attacks. And this would result in total waste of approx. 200,000 litres of paint a year.”
“After lengthy discussions with our paint suppliers, we’ve now arrived at a new and durable paint recipe which contains no harmful biocides. However, the new paint is still sufficiently durable for the overspray to be recycled. This has required product development and extensive testing of the recipes in our production. So, a lot of hard work has paved the way for our certification at Gold level,” she says.

Project data

Supplier

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Author

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Olaf Wiechers
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

(Advertorial)

Photograph

Olaf Wiechers
Helene Høyer Mikkelsen (Bild 3)

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