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Multifunctional Sports Hall in Cluj-Napoca, Romania by DICO și ȚIGĂNAȘ

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Article source: DICO și ȚIGĂNAȘ

Cluj – Napoca is a city of young people with 25% of its population studying in universities. Student life means also sports and the tradition is consistent. The new Multifunctional Sports Hall is the newest piece of public infrastructure for training, championships and cultural events, in a building conceived to be part of an ensemble together with Cluj Arena, the soccer and athletics stadium also designed by Dico and Tiganas and opened in 2011. Both objectives have generated new public spaces relating the Central Garden of the City with the river Some banks promenades, towards a Sports park and another public garden in a sequence of public spaces of almost 2 kilometers. The envelope of the building is a simple box including another box which contains the main hall, of 7.000 seats and up to 10.000 people for concerts. The facade is an assemblage of layers reflecting and transmitting the light into the foyers inside. The outer mask is mesh of parametrically distorted rectangles inspired by the nets used in several ball sports. The perforated steel plates are forming 3D pyramids reflecting the sky and the sun at every time in different angles and colored effects. The building has a permanent dialogue with the people from the street through the challenge to read the geometry of the facades, being the same time introverted. Inside the public will be guided by 4 thematic colors corresponding with the cardinals. The main hall is a stage and a backstage in the same time, bringing together the public and the performers in a black box with all equipments apparent but camouflaged. From shinning white with golden accents to dark grey and black ambiance, from outside to inside and backwards, architecture is built by light and colors.

Image Courtesy © Cosmin Dragomir

Image Courtesy © Cosmin Dragomir

  • Architects: DICO și ȚIGĂNAȘ
  • Project: Multifunctional Sports Hall
  • Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Photography: Cosmin Dragomir
  • Software used: AutoCad
  • Year: 2011-2014
  • Status: built
  • Category: sport & leisure
  • Area (sq): 38.500 sqm

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SAILING SCHOOL IN SOTOGRANDE, CADIZ by Héctor Fernández Elorza/HFE Arch. & Carlos García Fernández

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Article source: Héctor Fernández Elorza/HFE Arch. & Carlos García Fernández

The sailing school for the Sotogrande´s Royal Maritime Club is located in an ideal position, between the marina and the catamarans´ beach.

The project is linked to the stone jetty spanning longitudinally over the promenade in the north side of the beach. The structure seemingly levitates from the ground, standing gently in the sand, as if it were a catamaran. Due to the limited dimensions of the school and its facilities it is necessary the interposing of a larger element to create more visibility for the building. The pergola, constructed in front of the school, unifies all the project elements while also creating a shaded threshold, covering the exterior from direct sun exposure, stretching towards the southern end of the building. Seen from a distance, the school becomes a landmark near the port entrance.

Image Courtesy © Montse Zamorano

Image Courtesy © Montse Zamorano

  • Architects: Héctor Fernández Elorza/HFE Arch. & Carlos García Fernández
  • Project: SAILING SCHOOL IN SOTOGRANDE
  • Location: SOTOGRANDE, CADIZ
  • Photography: Montse Zamorano
  • Collaborators: Javier Mengibar (Building Engineer), Miguel Ángel Palencia (Building Engineer), María Concepción Pérez Gutierrez (Structure)
  • Situation: Playa de los Catamaranes, San Roque, Cádiz
  • Project: July – December 2012
  • Construction: January- June 2013
  • Client: Real Club Marítimo de Sotogrande
  • Constructors: Construcciones Mena y Barranco S.L.
  • Surface Area: 145 m2
  • Budget: 75.000 euros

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Metro Station in Sofia, Bulgaria by Radu DRAGAN

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Article source: Radu DRAGAN

Located in an environment that lacked strong marks, the Metro Station 20 should be a signal, a structural element of the landscape, it must be at its scale. We have designed a structure that is both generous and sensual, with a glass volume curves embracing the ground and reaching the underground platform level by penetrating light and vegetation. The structure consists of 27 metal arches on a plot of 4,00 m, of variable height and width, starting from the rail level. The height varies between 19 and 24 m and the width between 17,80 m et 30 m. They are connected by a secondary structure of metal tubes that support the triangular glass panels. This structure also supports the road that enters into the glass volume and will form a bridge of 105 m length suspended from the metal structure. In its central part, this bridge will be slightly curved to give greater height above the access platform.

Image Courtesy © DRAGAN ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © DRAGAN ARCHITECTURE

  • Architects: Radu DRAGAN
  • Project: Metro Station
  • Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Software used: Archicad, Abvent Artlantis and Photoshop

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