studio zoppini associati-designed sports hall radiates with colour in Italian city
The new Sports Hall for Fencing and Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics in Udine, Italy fits within its context and exploits renewable resources through an appropriate geometry, using 'smart' materials and reducing the technologies that use in their operation non-renewable energy. The sports complex is open to the green surrounding and enters into dialogue with it.
The facility presents glazed and transparent facades to the north and south: these sides are preferable for an easy control of solar radiation. The east and west sides instead were treated as continuous solid surfaces. This continuity is given by the ventilated and coloured polycarbonate wall. It was designed to place the lighting elements behind the outer skin in order to produce suggestive image of the building by night and make it emerge prominently in the background.
In contrast to the transparency and lightness of this part of the project studio zoppini associati gave emphasis to the entrance area, realised as a solid cladding with electro-coloured steel that penetrates and contrasts the previous part of the venue.
The construction cost of this sports facility (€800 sq m) can be compared to those for a standard industrial shed. The different heights of the building are defined by sports activities needs and reflected in the overall architectural image. Lighting and natural ventilation within the 3 sports halls help to reduce considerably the energy consumption of the building.