SPORTS HALL SCHACHEN
SELECTED SECOND PHASE RESTRICTED COMPETITION
By turning the building over the current condition and its direction on the Schachenallee creates a funnel-shaped, coherent public space between the old town and the level of the flood plain of the River Aare.
The new building avoids to be integrated into the existing urban pattern and its geometry, instead, tries to strengthen the quality of the newly created public space thanks to its solitary effect.
The valuable trees are all retained and also supplemented by new plantings. The sports hall presents itself as a simple, linear structure with a distinctive architectural expression. A wood frame defines the building envelope and gives the building a clear direction. The side facades are primarily closed, while the two main facades with the entrances are clearly open to exterior. The architectural expression thus corresponds to the static concept and the construction of the Sports Hall.
The building is deliberately not buried, and resolves various problems in an elegant way: the flooding is solved by slightly raising the ground floor level and still maintains the comfortable access between interior and exterior space at major outdoor events.