Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sports Hall Design | Podčetrtek Sports Hall | Podčetrtek | Slovenia | Enota

The municipal sports hall is located at the main road to Podčetrtek near Terme Olimia spa resort. It is located
directly by the road, behind the existing roadside dyke.
The main entrance itself is facing the road and is accessible via a connecting path between two driveways
at the extreme points of the dyke. Due to its size, which greatly exceeds the outlay of traditional constructions, it is impossible to look for similarities with indigenous surrounding architecture,but it seems logical to seek the design resemblances with larger facilities of the thermal complex. Especially the Termalija building, which is also located directly by the regional road. A specific dialogue is established between the two facilities. Termalija on one hand appears empty, light and colorful - almost playful, the municipal sports center on the other hand acts rather serious - as a full, heavy, monolithic structure.
Its incidence is, to some extent, connected with the role and purpose it aspires to have in the city. Podčetrtek is a small town, and the new sports hall represents the single local indoor venue. Although primarily intended for sports activities, the main municipal hall will be also used for cultural events with larger number of visitors. It is this dual role that defines the platform for the specific design of the building. Its primary design element is a "red carpet", which leads visitors to the events in the building. The pathway that connects both driveways on
the two extreme points is carved into the existing dyke........more
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