Mülimatt Sport Education Center
The sports complex of Windisch-Mülimatt, Aargau, has been designed as one big bright room, with no attachments or secondary service units.All playing fields receive light from each building side and when the covers are lifted they have a dual external view. The carrying structure is strong and important, however the architectural richness of the building is given by the transparent or translucent elements.
The gymnastic halls is at the same level as the natural ground; a great view is seen throughout the landscape. The building structure is compact, the footprint is minimal, the height is limited.
The access to the gymnasium is made on the square side, the central point where pedestrians, bicycles and cars arrive.
The landscaping concerns only a wide and dense planting along both banks of the river.
The town of Brugg and the Swiss canton of Aargau decided to meet an urgent need for sports facilities in the area by building this centre for education and training. In 2005, a competition was held to create two sports halls for local educational institutions, as well as a footbridge across the River Aar to link the halls with the outdoor sporting amenities opposite. The two halls are housed within a large folded-plate structure consisting of precast concrete elements. This allowed the construction of a minimal outer skin as well as compliance with the “Minergie” standard. Access to the halls is via a joint foyer that extends along the entire 80-metre length of the north face. Situated to the rear at a higher level is a railway line from where the roof of the complex is visible. The architects therefore decided to treat the roof as a fifth facade, so that it forms a unity with the load-bearing precast concrete structure. Entirely free of internal columns, the folded shell spans the 55-metre-wide complex, creating a powerful sculptural effect.
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