The basic structural concept of the Sports Hall was predetermined by the budget constraint along with the limited area for the structure itself. Choosing a modest structural design and simple architectural means of expression appeared to be a must. The basic idea of the design is the numeral motif because numbers can be considered as symbols of sports played in a hall.
The sports section forms the basic and the most important part of the hall. Its smaller part – the operational rooms or spaces – consist of the following operational units: Entrance unit for sportsmen and spectators (red), sanitary unit for spectators (light red), corridors for sportsmen (yellow), dressing rooms for sportsmen (orange), and muscle-conditioning gym with a fitness centre (blue) and utility rooms. Individual units, owing to their unified design, resemble a simple three-dimensional construction kit, clearly visible through the windows of the hall when looking from the outside. The operational spaces are in colours including the respective furniture. On the other hand, the interior of the actual Sports Hall is neutral – white and grey. The only coloured element there is the playing floor.
The layout of the building is very simple. Immediately behind the entrance door is a vestibule with a reception desk. The staircase from the vestibule leads to the 1st and 2nd floors. On the 2nd floor, there is a spectators’ gallery with tables for refreshments and sportsmen’s changing rooms. The separately operated fitness centre and the muscle-conditioning gym as well as the rooms for heating, ventilation & air conditioning devices are found on the 3rd floor. There is also a direct corridor between the vestibule and the gymnasium. From the corridor, toilets for the disabled are accessible. The other and the main entrance to the hall is from the second staircase from the sportsmen’s changing rooms. The size of the versatile playing field (playing floor) in the sports section is 22 by 45 metres and can flexibly be modified to accommodate various kinds of sports.
The Sports Hall is located at the end of the sports facility area in the village. The individual façades on the building contain only a limited number of randomly located windows. By day, the playing field is naturally illuminated through skylight panels. The west frontage of the building facing the centre of the village is provided with smaller windows. Their arrangement visually distinguishes the utility or operational bay of the building with smaller rooms from the large gymnasium hall and, at the same time, it optically connects the Sports Hall with the buildings in the centre of the village.Location: Dolni Dobrouc, Czech Republic Architect: ASMM | Alexandr Skalicky
Photograph: Ester Havlova