The socio-cultural and sports centers are buildings that add value to the community. There are places that propose activities for a very different public, therefore this kind of places require a great polyvalence in its design.
Rooms that can transform its shape to adapt to the different activities. A wide variety of equipment for every room but yet a simple and functional organization to speed up its transformation.
Today In More With Less we bring this top 10 sports and cultural centers, which we believe propose interesting initiatives for society.
The Sport Pavilion and Classroom Complex designed by the architect Alberto Campo Baeza for the University Francisco de Vitoria, is located inside the university campus, in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid. The building has sports courts, swimming pools, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, gym and other auxiliary units. The whole program is collected within a construction of great sobriety and formal containment.
The Tennis & Padel School Office is the recently built project in Madrid by the Spanish firm, BETA.ø Architecture Office. The scheme of the project consists of an office, a customer service area and a storage space for sports equipment, to give classes. The design of building was conceived by thoughtfully paying attention to the landscape natural setting of the site. After carefully analysing the context; locating all of the trees onsite, it was decided that the functional program of the building would be broken up into two smaller parts, allowing for efficient integration of building into the landscape.
The refurbishment of old industrial premises, along with its change of use, has become a common practice in the development of contemporary architecture in recent years. Nevertheless, there are still some projects of this kind that catch our eye. This is the case with BOX IN THE BOX; a renovation project carried out by the Spanish architecture firm Arenas Basabe Palacios which turns an old warehouse, located in the suburbs of Madrid, into a cultural and sports association for young students.
Garage ccc Education Center is the restoration of an old building from the 40’s that after spending several years in a very critical condition, it has been converted into a contemporary culture center. It is located in Moscow, just a few steps from the Garage’s exhibition pavilion of Shigeru Ban, and carried out by the architecture office Formbureau.
The building for the new Down Coruña Association and Civic Center in A Coruña is a project from spanish architects Emilio Rodríguez Blanco and José Luis Martínez Raído.
Senpa cultural center, corresponds to an old system of grain warehouse from the National Agricultural Products Service (SENPA), located in Almenar de Soria, Spain. Three ships connected but with separate entrances, stand covering 1200 square meters, autonomus in a desolated landscape.
After having transformed a former prison in Waterloo, Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, and having taken its name, La Taule training center has moved into a new 390sqm building designed by Canadian Studio Microclimat. They collaborated with a former Olympic athlete to design a sports centre that could invite people to excel and contribute to the revitalization of the town.
The transformation of an old equipment in a Civic Center in Alcañiz, Spain, by the architects Miquel Mariné and César Rueda Boné is based in keeping the essence of the market, in socialisation, in being a point of meeting and sharing with neighbours. “Although the old Market of Alcañiz has not been in use since a few years ago, it keeps being a prolongation of the major square” affirm the architects. The intervention has the characteristic of being reversible, having the most respectful behaviour for the original building.
Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium has become an architectural icon not only in Hellerup, Denmark where it was conceived but also around the world. Further than the unusual shape its beauty can be appreciate from its lighting design approach.