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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.

New Bowling Hall In Udine, Italy by Valle Architetti

November 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Valle Architetti

Located in an area on the border between the suburbs of Udine and the countryside, the new Municipal Bowling Hall of Udine in Cussignacco is a category “A – systems for high performance” facility for playing bowls, comparable to a sports complex dedicated exclusively to this sporting activity.

General view from South West (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

  • Architects: Valle Architetti
  • Project: New Bowling Hall In Udine
  • Location: Udine, Italy
  • Project Architects: Valle Architetti Associati, Pietro Valle, Elena Carlini with Marco Carnelutti, F. De Cillia, Roland Henning, N. Zizzutto, Robert Zizzutto
  • Structures: Ing. Pietro Mazzanti, Udine
  • Electrical systems: Studio Martinis, Udine
  • Thermo-mechanical systems: Studio Tecnico Bulfon Associati, Udine
  • Client: Municipality of Udine
  • Photographer: Giuseppe dall’Arche

View from South East (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

  • Building contractor: Consorzio nazionale cooperative di produzione e lavoro “Ciro Menotti”, Coop 3 Monfalcone (GO)
  • Program: Enclosed bowling hall, with five 27,50 meter by 3 meter lanes, seating for 400 people, snack bar, offices and 70-seat conference room, 200-car parking lot.
  • Surface area: 16.960 mq
  • Building: 1.700 mq
  • Parking lot and landscaping: 14.100 mq
  • Project: 2003-2009
  • Ground breaking: 2006
  • Opening: 2011
  • Building: € 1.700.000
  • Parking lot and landscaping: € 900.000

View from South East (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The building contains various spaces in a single envelope with a variable profile that dynamically expresses the internal organization and, at the same time, dialogues with the surrounding countryside. The longitudinal axis of the structure, which has a trapezoidal plan, is oriented in an east-west direction and has a variable section lit by natural light from above. Two external parallel walls and the curvilinear profile, clad with aluminium panels on the undulating surface, indicate the different interior heights. For those arriving from afar, this profile rises above a wood of trees that dot the public car park and stands out against the backdrop of the Alps. Two openings in the aluminium walls give access to some open-air patios which introduce the public entrances. There are four main areas inside: the entrance with the bar lit by a central skylight,
the offices and auditorium with its rising profile, the area of the stands and playing alleys with light coming from above from the saw-tooth roof with six sheds with finned screening, and the changing rooms.

The conference room from East (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

There are 400 seats in the stands around the tracks, offices for the regional and provincial committees of the Italian Bowling Federation as well as meeting rooms with 70 seats accessible to the public and other support rooms. The various areas form an interior marked by roofs, heights and different degrees of overhead natural light. The entrance, offices, games area and changing rooms are visually connected along the longitudinal east-west axis and form a clear and legible succession marked by a increasing amount of overhead light. The structure is mixed with reinforced concrete walls and floors for the entrance area, offices and meeting room and for the changing room area; the central games area instead has been built with a covered metal frame and reticular beams that form the sawtooth roof.

The entry patio (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

South elevation (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The changing rooms from North West (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

North elevation (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The changing rooms from West (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

Detail of the aluminium panel cladding (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

Detail of the aluminium panel cladding (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The entrance and the snack bar with its skylight (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The entrance and the snack bar with its skylight (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The entrance and the snack bar with its skylight (photo: Giuseppe dall’Arche).

The bowling lanes (photo: Elena Carlini).

The bowling lanes (photo: Elena Carlini).

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