Glass walls create visual connection between Strasbourg sports hall and its surroundings

Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a sports centre for a school in Strasbourg, featuring a pair of double-height halls that project upwards from a concrete-and-glass base. Dominique Coulon’s practice designed the building for a school created for the children of the international civil servants who work at the nearby European Parliament and European Court of

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NORD Architects creates angular timber-clad sports centre in Copenhagen

Danish studio NORD Architects has completed a multipurpose sports facility in Copenhagen’s developing Ørestad City area. Featuring a cluster of timber volumes that fan out from a central point to define different functional zones, the building is located alongside Bjarke Ingels’ iconic Mountain Dwellings complex. In comparison to its neighbour, the sports facility designed by NORD

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Twisting band of copper-hued steel encircles sports centre in The Hague

A ribbon of bright, polished steel wraps around the curving roof of this sports centre by British practice Faulkner Browns in The Hague, Netherlands. Faulkner Browns designed the €50 million (£44,336,025) Sportcampus Zuiderpark to offer 33,000-square-metres of sports facilities, including a gymnastics hall, a beach sports hall with real sand, and a range of sports science

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Domed sports hall by Sporadical is covered in scale-like aluminium shingles

Reflective aluminium panels cover the rounded shell of this school sports hall near Prague, helping to disguise its scale. The sports hall, designed by local architecture office Sporadical, adjoins a recently modernised and extended primary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, to the south of the Czech capital. In addition to providing a space for

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Steel-clad clerestory windows protrude from concrete badminton hall by JHW IROJE Architects

The concrete exterior of this badminton centre in the South Korean city of Gwangju is coloured to match the local soil, and contrasts with a row of clerestory windows clad in blackened-steel. Cheomdan Badminton Court was designed by Seoul studio JHW IROJE Architects for a plot on the banks of the Yeongsan River, to the

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Saucier + Perrotte designs iceberg-like Montreal sports complex with orange interiors

The Complexe Sportif Saint-Laurent in Montreal by Canadian firm Saucier + Perrotte has icy and black exteriors, contrasting the glossy orange surfaces found inside. Measuring 153,924 square feet (14,300 square metres), the complex is divided into two monochrome structures that together house an indoor soccer field, two swimming pools, a basketball court, fitness centre and

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Polo stables by Estudio Ramos features grassy roof for horses to graze and spectators to sit

A spiral staircase made from cast concrete leads up to a turfed roof overlooking a pool and polo field at this stables near Buenos Aires, which was designed by local firm Estudio Ramos for a professional polo player. Estudio Ramos created the stables for polo star Nacho Figueras on the flatlands of La Pampa near

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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Alberto Campo Baeza’s Madrid sports centre is a “box of light”

Two enormous translucent walls flood the playing court of this bright white sports centre by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with dazzling light. Located on the Francisco de Vitoria University campus in Pozuelo, Madrid, the sports complex comprises two clean, white boxes joined together by a low-rise building whose roof becomes an interconnecting patio at the first floor level.

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Wind tunnel allows monks to fly above Mailītis Architects’ amphitheatre in rural China

Monks perform levitation over a huge wind tunnel at this amphitheatre, which was designed by Latvian studio Mailītis Architects for a mountain range in central China. The Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre stands on a slope covered in cypress trees on Songshan Mountain – a mountain range in Henan Province. The mountains are home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shaolin Monastery, which is also considered to

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Jan Henrik Hansen adds futuristic badminton hall to Swiss sports centre

A+Awards: this badminton hall in a Swiss village, which looks more like a spaceport than a sports facility, received an Architizer A+Award last year. Jan Henrik Hansen Architekten extended the Sihlsports centre in the village of Langnau am Albis, so tennis and squash players could also partake in badminton. Based in nearby Zurich, the firm

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Scooped rooflights and sinuous forms define Strasbourg tennis clubhouse by Paul Le Quernec

The flight path of a tennis ball informed the curving interior of this clubhouse in Strasbourg, which features dome-like skylights, a serpentine bar and brightly coloured floors. Local architects Paul Le Quernec rebuilt the centre to include a series of swooping forms that reference the movement of a tennis ball. This resulted in a central pathway that curves around volumes with rounded walls. The Tennis Club includes

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Wave-like facades wrap 3XN’s aquatic centre in southern Sweden

Danish practice 3XN has unveiled plans for a new aquatics centre in the southern Swedish city of Linköping, which will featuring undulating timber and glass facades. The Copenhagen-based studio won a contest to design the centre, seeing off competition from more than 40 entrants, including finalists Zaha Hadid Architects, Erséus Arkitekter, Henning Larsen Architects and Liljewall Arkitekter. The centre,

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FEA Studio installs “cloud-like” sports hall in mountainous landscape of northern Iran

The corners of this aluminium-clad sports hall near the Iranian city of Bastam lift up from the earth to lend the irregular form a “cloud-like” appearance. The hall was designed by Tehran-based FEA Studio for the Noor-e Mobin Educational and Cultural Institute – a non-profit private boys school based in Bastam. Apart from a boundary wall and gatehouses, the sports

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NP2F Architectes squeezes football and tennis courts onto narrow Paris site

French studio NP2F Architectes has squeezed a football field, tennis court and running track onto a long strip of land in Paris’s Saint-Paul area. The practice had to work with a limited amount of land, as well as design facilities that wouldn’t detract from the appearance of the buildings on either side of the playing field. Different courts

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Wooden trusses pattern walls of prefabricated sports hall by Florian Fischer

This prefabricated timber sports hall by architect Florian Fischer has a shed-like appearance that references the form and materiality of vernacular agricultural buildings in Austria’s Tyrol region. The building was commissioned by local sports club SV Haiming, which had previously been using a much smaller school hall in the village of Haiming for football and volleyball training. Situated

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Koen van Velsen Architects uses green-grey brickwork for sports centre near Rotterdam

Koen van Velsen Architects used custom green-tinted brickwork, mirrored panels and glazed courtyards to help this sports centre on the outskirts of Rotterdam blend in with the greenery surrounding it. The Dutch firm designed the gymnasium named Sportscentre for a site where the urban environment gives way to a green belt surrounding the village of Rozenburg. The architects wanted to embed the building, which

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Amanda Levete’s firm proposes multi-storey football pitches for central London

Stackable football pitches could be erected on disused or temporarily empty plots across London, according to Amanda Levete and her London-based studio AL_A. The concept, named Pitch/Pitch, aims to tackle the shortage of inner-city sports fields available in the centre of the UK capital. Designed by AL_A with Arup engineers, the modular system would comprise a lightweight carbon-fibre

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Diagonal beams create irregular windows for sports hall by Schemaa

A+Awards: angular polycarbonate windows create tessellating shapes across the facade of this gymnasium in France’s Champagné region, a winner at this year’s Architizer A+Awards. French architecture studio Schemaa designed the Nathalie Mauclair Multisports Hall as an extension to the Jean Rondeau gymnasium, creating larger facilities for local schools and sports clubs. The architects wanted to match the height of the

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ABK updates 1960s leisure centre with new Corten-steel facade

Architecture firm ABK has overhauled an ageing leisure centre in County Tipperary, Ireland, with the addition of a new weathering-steel facade (+ slideshow). Dublin-based ABK was tasked with upgrading the facilities at Nenagh Leisure Centre – a single-storey building created in the 1960s around what was previously an outdoor swimming pool. One of the aims of the project was to More

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Ward Roberts’ photographs capture the colours of sports courts around the world

Photo essay: drawn to the bright hues painted on basketball, tennis and volleyball courts in low-income neighbourhoods, New York-based photographer Ward Roberts has scoured the globe to capture these pastel-toned pockets of urban space (+ slideshow). Initially aiming to document Hong Kong’s car parks, Roberts found a deeper connection with the city’s basketball courts and More

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Architecture Microclimat completes Ontario fitness centre for body builders and gymnasts

Canadian studio Architecture Microclimat has created a simple athletic facility in Ontario with a lofty ceiling that enables gymnasts to hang high in the air (+ slideshow). Called La Taule, or The Slammer, the new light-filled gym is located in Waterloo, a city in southern Ontario. Rectangular in plan, the 390-square-metre building features an asymmetrical gabled More

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HawkinsBrown designs pool that will give the sense of “swimming amongst the trees”

A cross-laminated timber roof covers this six-lane swimming pool, which London firm HawkinsBrown plans to add to a school in Surrey (+ slideshow). The 25-metre pool is the second phase of the masterplan developed by HawkinsBrown’s for the City of London Freemen’s School, which has already seen the completion of a new boarding house and More

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Auer Weber completes aquatic centre with a sloping roof in the French Alps

Set between two plateaus, this Alpine aquatic centre by German firm Auer Weber features wide crescent-shaped windows overlooking the piste of popular ski resort Courchevel (+ slideshow). Auer Weber has anchored Aquamotion Courchevel to a plateau between Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850 in France, facing a valley on one side and an Alpine forest on the other. The roof angles up from the More

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Sports hall for Escola Gavina school in Spain features multi-hued clay and glass tiles

Colourful glass discs are embedded in the clay-tile facade of this school hall near Valencia, so on sunny days colourful shadow patterns are cast across the floor inside (+ slideshow). The Multipurpose Educational Hall was designed by local architects Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez as a venue for sports and events at Escola Gavina, More

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BCQ completes sports hall with translucent polycarbonate skin

Barcelona studio BCQ chose translucent plastic panels for the walls of this municipal sports hall in Spain, giving the building an ethereal quality that helps it match the colours of the sky (+ slideshow). Located in Olot, in the municipality of Girona, the sports hall was designed by BCQ as a simple and visually lightweight addition to More

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Football club building with rooftop seating wins Small Project of the Year 2015

World Architecture Festival 2015: a Swedish football club facility with a roof that doubles as spectator seating is the 2015 winner of the Small Project of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival. Named Lidingövallen, the facility was designed by Swedish firm DinellJohansson to provide a gallery, cafe and office for Lidingö Football Club. […]

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Magma Architecture completes spiky shooting range for Pan American Games

The jagged outline of a maple leaf informed the profile of this shooting range in Ontario, Canada, which was designed by Berlin firm Magma Architecture for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Magma Architecture oversaw the creation of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games sport shooting venue, which hosted rifle, pistol and trap shooting events […]

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Metal boxes sandwich a glazed atrium at university sports facility by Cox Architecture

Metal-clad boxes stand on opposite sides of a glazed atrium to form this sports education and training facility at the University of Canberra, which features an indoor sprint track (+ slideshow). Designed by Australian firm Cox Architecture, the University of Canberra Sporting Commons is the first phase in a masterplan for a new precinct to support […]

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Jules Ladoumègue Sports Centre features a facade of moving glass shutters

A layer of glass louvres wraps this Paris sports centre by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, forming a semi-transparent facade that controls the amount of light, heat and ventilation entering the building (+ slideshow). The Jules Ladoumègue Sports Centre provides new fitness facilities for the Parisian suburb of Pantin, which borders a ring road surrounding the city. Dietmar Feichtinger […]

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Guy Hollaway plans to “put Folkestone on the map” with world’s first multi-storey skatepark

British architect Guy Hollaway has unveiled plans for the “world’s first” purpose-built multi-storey skatepark, which he says will help prevent young people from moving away from a sleepy British seaside town (+ slideshow). Hollaway – who has offices in London and Kent – was commissioned by billionaire Roger De Haan to draw up plans for the sports centre, which he claims will be […]

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BIG follows up sunken sports hall with an art school beneath a football field

BIG has completed its second addition to a school in Denmark – an art school beneath a football field that joins the underground gymnasium with a humped courtyard on its roof (+ slideshow). The firm led by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was asked by Gammel Hellerup High School to add a series of new facilities to its campus in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. First up was […]

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Jovan Mitrović wraps a glass-walled sports hall in protective timber battens

This underground sports hall for a school in the Serbian town of Obrenovac is topped with a glass box covered in vertical wooden laths to protect it from stray balls (+ slideshow). Architect Jovan Mitrović designed the facility for an elementary school in Obrenovac, which is situated close to the country’s capital, Belgrade. Local planners had designated […]

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Lakeside boathouse by Guinée*Potin Architectes features a green roof and wooden walls

This water sports centre with a green roof was designed by Guinée*Potin Architectes and is set into a grassy bank by a lake in western France (+ slideshow). The concrete and timber boathouse by Nantes-based Guinée*Potin Architectes is partially concealed by the sloping shoreline of Lake Vioreau in the French region of Joué-sur-Erdre. The leisure facility provides a […]

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Zhonghe Sports Center in Taiwan boasts a hood-like faceted form

Taipei studio Q-Lab has completed a sports centre in Taiwan that appears to be shrouded under a huge faceted hood (+ slideshow). Located in New Taipei City, the municipality that surrounds Taiwan’s capital, the Zhonghe Sports Center provides public facilities for a range of sports and activities including badminton, basketball, rock climbing and hockey. Related story: […]
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Bruther slots curving community centre into crowded Paris neighbourhood

Designed to offer a “landmark” in an otherwise mundane part of Paris, this sport and culture centre by Bruther features a multi-layered facade that varies in transparency to suit the various activities it contains (+ slideshow). The centre was developed by local studio Bruther to provide a wide range of public services for the community of the heavily […]
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EFFEKT to transform abandoned train engine depot into street sports centre

News: Danish architecture studio EFFEKT has triumphed in a competition to design a street sports facility in and around a crumbling train engine roundhouse in Esbjerg, south-west Denmark (+ slideshow). EFFEKT will transform the former locomotive maintenance shed, arranged around a circular turntable, with a new youth and community centre centred around skateboarding – one […]

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Offshore torpedo base in Poland to be transformed by MFRMGR into a water sports hub

Warsaw office MFRMGR has revealed designs to revitalise a former Polish observation tower in the Baltic Sea to create a base for water sports enthusiasts and researchers, accessible only by boat. The lookout station formerly operated as a watch tower for a German research facility responsible for the development of torpedoes during the Second World […]

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CEBRA’s sports centre “grows like a mushroom” from concrete skate park by Glifberg+Lykkeskate

Danish studios CEBRA and Glifberg+Lykke have created an igloo-shaped street sports centre and a skate park on the harbour front of Haderslev, Denmark (+ slideshow). CEBRA’s domed sports centre houses facilities for street basketball, skateboarding, parkour and bouldering, while Glifberg+Lykke’s 4,500-square-metre skate park is carved out of a concrete landscape behind. Related story: Former Selfridges […]

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Football pitch hovers above basketball courts in winning UFCSPA campus design

News: Brazilian studio OSPA has won a competition to design a sports education campus in Porto Alegre, with a proposal that includes a floating football pitch (+ slideshow). OSPA Architecture and Urbanism’s “two-faced” design was selected as the winner of a national competition to design the new Campus Igara for the Health Sciences Federal University of Porto Alegre […]

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New Pinterest board: sports centres

Our latest Pinterest board is filled with sports centres, gymnasiums and training facilities, including examples from Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, BIG and Steven Holl Architects. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See our sports centres Pinterest board

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School gymnasium by URA nestles into the landscape at a Belgian school

This concrete sports hall by Belgian studio URA has been built into a hillside in the wooded grounds of a school just outside Brussels (+ slideshow). URA was tasked with designing the new gymnasium for Koninklijk Atheneum Ukkel (KAU), a school in the south of the city that describes its campus as the “biggest garden […]

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