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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.

Municipal Sports Hall in Barcelona, Spain by Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

May 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

Municipal Sports Hall situated on a plot of Vacarisses suburban, small town in the province of Barcelona. Medium size typology, and conditioned by a narrow parcel, the project is solved with a peculiar situation of the smaller service pieces, and a great versatile cover that incorporates all the complexities of the project, plot, orientation, functional inter connection between parts, etc. An unusual final twist of the structure frame, solve the complexity of the cover in a quiet way.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop 

  • Architects: Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague
  • Project: Municipal Sports Hall
  • Location: Vacarisses, Barcelona. (Spain)
  • Photography: Marc Capilla Llop
  • Client: Vacarisses Town Hall.
  • Team: Santiago de León Molina, Elena Moragas, Juan Carlos Roure Nuez, Francesca Monjo, Sandra Tischer
  • Quantity Surveyor: Juan Carlos Vilagrasa Miranda. (TEC-QUATTRE EGARA SLP)
  • Structural Engineering: Manuel Arguijo, architect
  • Mechanical Engineering: Josep Boltaina
  • Construction Company: Vias y Construcciones SA
  • Year: 2003
  • Area: 4.750 sqm.
  • Construction Bugged: 2.100.000 €

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

North-south oriented, 15.748 m2 solar, bounded on the east by a torrent, on the west by the road, and on the south by the rest of the sports area. The based terraces topography, allow bridge the existing gap to the south, with gentle slopes.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

The sports hall is located at the top of the plot with north-south orientation, dominating all the sports area, leaving more space for bigger equipments, such as the football field. It is situated at a height that can jump the gap access, with gentle ramps. The building composition is based on two pieces, a main volume including a 44×23 m. track, and 200 people capacity tier, and a set of lower boxes volumes, located so unusual in south short side of the track, housing the changing rooms, offices, gym, facilities, and main access.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

The main approach to the building is from a higher point than the building itself, making the cover vision like another façade. The fragmentation of the cover in sections, will respond to intention of soften its presence. This great cover, is divided into three sections, begins in the back wall façade and ends with a steeper slope in the opposite façade supported by an unusual twist of the structure.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

The building opens over the lower boxes, toward the longitudinal slope that dominates the topography. A second deck, (parallel to the last part of the overall cover), protects the front boxes, allows light, cooling and ventilating on the changing rooms, and extends to the street, generating the main entrance.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

A sustainable approach to the building air conditioning and general ventilation, with a “Solarwall” (occupying the entire top of the great south wall), stays temporarily dismissed, for lack of funding. In winter, heat gain allowed during the day and night ventilation. And in summer instead worked backwards, limiting access of heat during the day and provided fresh air, venting, at night.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

The composition of two opposing elements, large volume versus small boxes volumes, remains in construction systems. Each construction system adapts to each formal configuration, thus maintaining the coherency of design and structure configuration.

Image Courtesy © Marc Capilla Llop

The structure of the Hall and the tiers decks, are steel frames and columns. The sloped decks are painted galvanized steel sheet. The facades of the pavilion are double skin ventilated chamber. Outer Naturvex boards, and interior plywood spruce wood, below3,60 m, and MDF board stained and varnished, under. On the track, closures are translucent cellular polycarbonate sheets, which Hervent type windows for ventilation. Synthetic polyurethane floors on track and gym. Entrance, lobby, tiers, and track, are the unique spaces that count with ceiling, self-supporting sheet metal with sound absorbing insulation, under the covers.

Situation : Image courtesy Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

The boxes structure’s is thermo-clay walls and concrete precast slabs. Cover with a flat inverted roof. The boxes façade’s are lined with black Krisol quartzite, up to3,60 m in height. In the lobby is lined up to2,40 m high spruce board, and quartzite up to3,60 m in height.

Floor Plan : Image courtesy Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

The changing rooms and corridors, tiled up to2.40 m, and mortars revoked and painted, up the slabs. External joinery profiles will be galvanized steel tube with laminated glass. Outer, blind doors have a flat metal interior finish and perforated corrugated sheet on the outside. The metal sheets, extends over the façade by forming a zocalo. The floors in public spaces are terrazzo micro-grain, and slip PVC in the changing room. Concrete slabs left views, on ceilings.

Sections : Image courtesy Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

Sections : Image courtesy Roure / de León arquitectos slp + Elena Moragas Rague

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