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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

3D ATHLETICS TRACK in Alicante, Spain by Subarquitectura

April 27th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Designing an athletic track could get you as bored as when you are running on it: curve, straight, curve, straight, again and again. Perfectly standardized, sport architecture has become more universal than international style. Track length of 400 m, 36.5 m radious. 1.22 m each lane….just data, without any fissure to let your imagination soar.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Subarquitectura
  • Name of Project: 3D ATHLETICS TRACK
  • Location: Elda, Alicante, SPAIN
  • Software used: Designed the track in Rhinoceros with Grasshopper (parametric tool). This tool allowed the architects to create multiple variations of the solutions, varying its slope, size, orientation, surface…  optimizing the solution.


We have added to the conventional track an alternative one, amateur and funny, raised and tree-dimensional. It goes off on a tangent, covers the changing rooms and returns to the coventional track. As new ways are available for athletes, spectators get involved in the sport activity, seated in-between this two tracks.

Exterior View

This is our tribute to all the sport pioners that created new ways of performing that later others followed. Tom Burke, Dick Fosbury, Graeme Obree…. S V B A R Q V I T E C T V R A [ABR 05] is formed by Andrés Silanes [NOV 77], Fernando Valderrama [AGO 79] y Carlos Bañón [OCT 78]. All three are architects by the University of Alicante [OCT 04] and Master in COMPLEX ARCHITECTURES UA [05-07].


They’ve built transport projects like the TRAMSTOP in Alicante (awarded in the IX Bienal of Spanish Architecture and in the European Bienal Balthasar Neumann Prize and Nominated to the last edition of Mies Van der Rohe Awards 2009 ) and research buildings like RESEARCH LABORATORIES in Orihuela ( First Prize in Ideas Competition and Awarded in Isover Sustainable and Ecological Buildings).


Now they’re finishing the construction of public and private residential buildings: TOURia tower in SOCIOPOLIS (Valencia) , the 360 HOUSE in Madrid , a LIVING UNIT FOR STUDENTS in Alicante, and 1 VPO in San Anton, Alicante (First Prize in Ideas Competition).


Also they’re developing at this moment two First Prizes obtained in Competitions of Sports Buildings: the Sports Pavillion in Pedreguer and the New Hercules C.F. Football Stadium in Alicante; they have recently finished their Double Athletics Court in Elda, Alicante ( 2010 ). Different solutions, obtained by applying the same way of thinking to multiple uses, scales and places.

3D Athletics Track

CREACTION “Serendipity is a scientific lucky and unexpected  discovery that has been realized accidentally. This combination of will and random, joins the intention, with the occasion, producing an extraordinary result. The discovery of America is, literally, a serendipity of the size of the world.”

3D Athletics Track

We are full of prejudices, our look towards the reality is voluntarily partial. We do not try a complete reality understanding, but to create the laboratory conditions which serve for the development of the architectural object. Project anticipates to the necessities, even to the program or to the place.

Exterior View

It is a vehicle which is used to deal among the existing reality and the future.   In this metamorphosis process, the project acquires such internal as external coherence. Until reaching enough inertia as to take own life, then it feeds of its proper requireements and necessities. A distance with previous hypotheses turns out, proposing a new philosophy of life around it. Process implies a diversion of the initial aims, the result is often surprisingly, but always unpredictable. Result is more complex than analysis.

Exterior View

INFORMATION   “The architect thinks, but he will not produce a work made of words, but an object made of forms and materials. This objects shows his own and particular message that can’t be translated to words. As expression of the same message, in art, form and content, signifier and signified, fabricate one only thing”   In our projects function doesn’t follow form (Baroque), neither form follows function (Rationalism). We try to approximate them to a single thing. Shapes become the instructions for using the building.

Exterior View

The aim is to create a clear transparent language, as easy to understand for the user, that he can even interiorize it, creating new possibilities, as an open source code. An environment that brings choices without determinate the behaviors, but some actions or options are more probable than others. We try to reinvent uses to generate new shapes. The building is simpler than the activities generated.



General View


Kids on Track

Kids Competition

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Categories: 3D Athletics Track, Grasshopper, Rhino, Sports Complex

3 Responses to “3D ATHLETICS TRACK in Alicante, Spain by Subarquitectura”

  1. nigel cowburn says:

    Hi, Nice stadium

    Was this done entirely in Rhino?

  2. Dear Nigel,
    you’re right. It is a parametric design, entirely done in Rhino & Grasshopper.

  3. Here is the video for the IOC / IPC Awards 2011 !

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