Croatian architects 3LHD have won an invited competition to design a sports and community centre at Rijeka, an industrial port city in Croatia.
The following info is from 3LHD:
The primary characteristic of the design of Zamet Centre is the integration of a big work project into the urban structure of this part of the town of Rijeka, with the objective of minimizing disruption and to evaluate its given urban conditions – unleveled terrain, the pedestrian link in a north-south direction, the quality plateau in front of the primary school, the park zone, placing the program in the centre of Zamet at the intersection of communications.
The joint conceptual and design element of the handball hall and the Zamet Centre are ‘ribbons’ stretching in a north-south direction, simultaneously functioning as an architectural design element of the objects and as a zoning element which forms a public square and a link between the north – park-school and the south – the street.
One third of the hall’s volume is built into the terrain, and the building with its public and service facilities has been completely integrated into the terrain, i.e. it creates it with its ‘ribbons’.
The public space on the roof is not only a feature of the building in the business part of the centre, but the roof of the hall is also used as a kind of an extension of the park situated to the north of the hall.
The hall has been designed for major international sports competitions, in compliance with state-of-the-art world sports standards. The design of the hall has been conceived as a very flexible space.
The auditorium has been designed as a system with telescopic stands, which open and adapt to the kind of competition and the number of spectators; at major competitions 2100 spectators have seating places by opening all the stands.
The architecture of public facilities, the shopping centre, the library and the local authority stands out in the topography of the terrain, connecting the square in front of the hall and in front of the school and tries to integrate into the overall existing context of western Zamet.
Program: public, business, sport
Status project: under construction
Project type: invited competition
Competition award: winner, 2004
Project start date: 2004
Project end date: 01/2008
Construction start date: 2008
Construction end date: 04/2009, planned
Location (city, country): Rijeka, Croatia
Client: City of Rijeka
Site area (m2): 12.289 Gross floor area (m2): 16.830 Volume (m3): 88.075 Footprint (m2): 4.724
Project team: Saša Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zvonimir Marcic
Project team collaborators: Nives Krsnik Rister, Leon Lazaneo, Eugen Popovic, Andrea Vukojic
Collaborators: Mateo Bilus, B.M.P., Berislav Medic, UPI-2M, Mario Lukenda, Termoinzenjering, HVAC; Branko Corko, IPZ-elektroinzenjering 22, Slavko Simunović, Nenad Semenov, Rok Pietri, LIFT MODUS, Zeljko Arbanas, IGH PC Rijeka, Zeljko Stipkovic, Ivica Babic, Marija Babojelic, Ines Hrdalo