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.
Fontys Sports College in Eindhoven, Netherlands by Bolidt
September 25th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Bolidt
Built to a design by Mecanoo Architects, Fontys Sports College in the Dutch city of Eindhoven has been nominated in the Schools category of the World Architecture Festival awards. The interior design of the project, including a Bolidt flooring system, also features on the shortlist for an INSIDE Award in the Education category. Earlier this year, the building was nominated for the title of South Region BNA Building of the Year.
The Sports College is a partnership between Eindhoven city council and Fontys and accommodates 2000 students taking courses that used to be taught in Sittard and Tilburg. Situated in Genneper Parken, a large park area with one of the highest concentrations of sporting facilities in the Netherlands, the project has confirmed Eindhoven’s reputation as a sporting city.
Facilities at the 16,500 m2 sports complex include five sports halls, a 15-metre-high climbing gym, various lecture rooms and an underground car park. It is an active, dynamic learning environment, which is underlined by the design. The climbing gym is the highest element of the complex and has a large glass window through which the climbers can already be seen from afar. The complex has been designed to encourage maximum interaction between sports and education — from the parking areas, study rooms, entrance hall and the restaurant you can look into the sports halls, for instance. At the same time, the educational part can be completely closed off, so that only the sports halls can be made available to sports clubs or for sporting events.
A special feature of this project is that Mecanoo has carried the sports theme throughout the school. Sporting figures are depicted on the outer façade and as murals on interior walls. All the floors have been line marked, so that the theme is also apparent in the floors. The intricate patterns of intersecting lines posed a challenge to Bolidt, but Mecanoo was very enthusiastic about the result.
Bolidt provided Fontys Sports College with Bolidtop® 700 College flooring spread over the hallways, bathrooms, classrooms and offices throughout the building. In an environment where students are committed to making it to the top, Bolidt approached its task with the same sense of purpose. In order to make a contribution to improving performance in education, Bolidt has specially developed the Bolidtop® 700 College system for this segment. This high-quality flooring system is not just easy to maintain, but also durable and slip resistant, which will have a lasting positive impact on the many sports activities in the building.