Koch Sports Hall Gooreind
newly built sports hall
The municipality of Wuustwezel commissioned POLO Architects to design the plans for the new sports facilities at Gooreind. The result is a project with an atypical charisma inspired by its surroundings.
The sports centre’s location requires a well-considered design. The vast landscape and the characteristic barns of this area served as an inspiration.
"The sports centre as a contemporary barn. Its shape and its materialisation allow the building to blend seamlessly into its environment, without being overly present." – Mariline Laenen, project architect POLO Architects
Yet, the volume also manages to claim its place within the sports complex. The key is to find the right balance between integration into the landscape and a strong presence.
The complete programme is stretched out across one single building layer. Two staggered volumes generate a functional plan. On the south-east side, the higher sports hall is embraced by a lower volume housing the dance hall, cafeteria and dressing rooms. This way, the streetside facade reflects the scale of the surrounding residential area.
The strategic position of spaces and facade openings generates intriguing views for the building’s users and passers-by alike. The structure becomes highly transparent, both inside and outside. On the inside, a visual relationship is established between the sports hall and the other public spaces. Outside, passers-by can catch a glimpse of the athletes and their fans. Large glass surfaces create a constant relationship between athletes and visitors.
photography: Matthias Vanhoutteghem
Rode Dreef / Eikendreef, Gooreind
Cluster Landschap en Stedenbouw
winning competition design (TV - POLO, DCA & Arcadis)