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44 PROJECT REPORT: SPORTS & LEISURE FACILITIES


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The basement swimming pool is naturally lit ABOVE


A transparent corner of glazing at ground level ABOVE RIGHT & FACING PAGE


The four storey volume of teaching accommodation is separated from the sports hall volume by a walkway with a patio above


new multi-sport pavilion. In addition to the prominent motif of harnessing light, he also makes comprehensive use of whitewashing. For a minimalist house Domus Aurea in Monterrey, Mexico, for example, Campo Baeza’s design features both stark white facades and the careful sculpting of light, using a double-height interior wall covered in gold leaf to reflect light from a high southern window, flooding the room with a golden glow. Writing on Campo Baeza’s career, elected director of the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid, Manuel Blanco Lage, paid tribute to the architect’s use of natural light. “I have followed the lines of Alberto Campo Baeza’s work over the years in a long series of exhibitions that began with the show entitled, Light is More, vindicating his use of light,” wrote Lage. Something of a showcase of his usual


tropes, the architect’s gleaming white sports centre in Madrid has already been well- received, winning the COAM 2017 First Prize from the Official College of Architects of Madrid.


Having never worked with the university


before, Campo Baeza tells ADF that the clients are “cultivated people,” who offered him “almost complete freedom, only limited by budget and time.” He reported that the project went “without challenge,” due to the practice’s forensic approach. “Before


construction began,” he explains simply, “we studied everything.”


Multifunctional


Directly commissioned by the university, the new edifice houses a sports centre and a separate but linked classroom compound for related subjects taught by the university. Areas for team sports, to train in a gym, and teach students in a more formal environment, have all been incorporated into the building. The sports complex is also intended to be utilised for other university functions, including as a meeting hall.


In terms of maximum height and alignment, the design of the building is restrained, adapted to the general layout of the campus. The architect aimed to clearly differentiate the sports and teaching areas in terms of size and the materials used on each facade.


The two main elements of the structure are joined by a low-rise building, whose roof functions as an interconnecting patio at first floor level. The approximate floor area of the sports hall is 50 x 60 metres, and its maximum height of 12 metres is aligned with the average height of the surrounding buildings.


The teaching area sits at the north east of the site, an extension adjoining the sports hall which is accessible from both


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