The House of sport in Domžale, Slovenia

Tim Zrimšek
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of architecture, Ljubljana

Project idea

The vision behind the assignment is to create a sports centre that caters to all types of athletes from an array of different sports fields, which would solve the current shortage of sports halls and enhance the intended area for sports and recreation. In addition to the hall, there is a flexible accompanying program that could adapt to the needs of the time and financially support the function of the hall. Together, they encourage the emergence of communities, new professional and recreational clubs and sports academies.

Project description

The first part of the master’s thesis deals with the review of the city of Domžale, the existing sports infrastructure and its needs. Furthermore, the meaning and the foreseen development of the Sports Park, in which the site area is located, and the analytical part, that led to the synthesis which was used as a guideline for program content design and building design, are presented. The second part of the thesis introduces the design of the multipurpose hall, which is intended for training, with the possibility of matches and events. In this segment, the technology that enables flexibility and use of the designed hall is shown, together with the hall’s layout and the accompanying program with exterior surfaces and more detailed design of the building’s volume. The design of the multipurpose hall in terms of material consumption economically outweighs the volume of the hall, which takes into account the height of the surrounding buildings, and with its dynamic aesthetics also communicates the building’s dynamic content.

Technical information

Project is focused on designing dynamic, expressive and efficient steel structure. The building consists of one structural module, which is designed as suspension bridge in order to efficiently span over 50 m. That structural module is than replicated eleven times and thus creates interior space.
Main materials are waterproof concrete (in basement), wooden structure (on ground floor) and steel (for roof).
The building is also harnessing renewable sources of energy. On south facade there are 100 m2 of vacuum tube collectors, which are designed to shade glass face and harness heat produced by sun. With that heat, building is possible to service itself with hot sanitation/tap water and heating through HVAC.



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