Sports area in Kroměříž
Martin Karlík, Marie Mikulová, Robert Randys, Michal Vítek
06/2023 architectural study
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The new sports hall is planned to be built in the development area of the town. There is a swimming pool and a football stadium from the 70s era. There is also a winter stadium approximately 500 meters away. The re-development of this area has just begun not long ago. Plans include the construction of the sports hall and a renovation of the swimming pool and modernization of the football fields. The nearby private tennis sports complex Zdravi is in its final stage of construction.
Due to the complexity of the sports hall usage, it was necessary to address the urban development and create a plan for the entire area, which would clearly divide the area per its functions. In the recent years several different development proposals were made, but they were all lacking an overall concept for the area. Since the location of the sports hall plays a crucial part in the plan, various options were considered for its placement.
The proposed sports hall is situated approximately 75 meters south of the swimming pool. It extends the development from the city center and leaves room between the pool and the hall, providing an opportunity for further development of both facilities. There is enough space for the potential swimming pool renovation to include outdoor pool or an outdoor relaxation area. As for the sports hall, there is enough space to add an outdoor field or a cafe with the seating. The new complex proposal unlocks the full potential of the area to become a new hub for sports of all kinds.
The architectural plan primarily draws from the operational requirements of the sports played in the hall and the investor’s brief, which puts a key emphasis on the economic and operational sustainability. The surrounding area does not have a unifying or significant character; thus, the hall is designed as a distinctive and rationally conceived structure.
According to the project requirements, the hall is designed as a multipurpose facility for various sports such as volleyball, basketball, foot tennis, floorball, indoor soccer, handball, table tennis, badminton, futsal, gymnastics, and dance sports.
The construction is divided into 3 volumes. The main volume is the body of the hall itself, which reaches a height of 16.5 meters. Its facade is divided by vertical semi-circular lamellae that are meant to evoke a net, a common element for ball sports. Attached to it there is a two-story volume for athletes, technical facilities and administration. This volume is made of clad with dark brick. The third glazed volume consists of a single-story entrance hall and a protruding volume of the warm-up area to the south.