055 PFAFFENHOLZ SPORTS CENTRE

055
Pfaffenholz Sports Centre
Saint-Louis, France
Project 1989-1990, realization 1992-1993

Located precisely on the border between Basel and St. Louis, the sports centre is a project in the French part of Basel's surrounding agglomeration. The entrance for both French and Swiss visitors is from the Swiss side. A large hall, divisible into three small gymnasiums and a gymnastics room, forms the midpoint of the sports centre. The surrounding galleries serve as access areas and for larger sports events as additional seating space.

A long low building with a cantilevered projecting roof is built onto the cube of the glass hall. It serves as the main entrance and houses infrastructures for the sports business (newspaper stand, snack bar, changing rooms and technical installations). A light athletic track for training and rehabilitation, three soccer fields and a covered all-weather field are ordered around the hall. Both hall and outside installations are accessible to wheelchair-users and handicapped.

The building’s load-bearing structure is, in part, prefabricated, in part, made of locally cast concrete. The hall’s cube is sheathed in large format green glass plates. Through special imprinting the plates function as a filter for daylight penetrating into the hall’s inner spaces.

The locker room tract is made of locally cast concrete. The underside of the projecting roof, the longitudinal façades and the square in front of it are covered in prefabricated concrete slabs whose surfaces have been roughened with a specially developed printing technique that makes them appear to be like photographic surfaces. The concrete surface mediating between outer and inner space at this entry point appears softer, almost textile-like. The printing of the glass plates and the concrete slabs ties together the two materials, otherwise highly differing in their appearance. The volumes of the hall and the locker room tract recede somewhat into the background in favour of the surfaces – playing fields, grass fields, and façades.
Herzog & de Meuron, 1996

FACTS

Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron
Project Architects: Christine Binswanger, Erich Diserens
Project Team: Florence Oeuvray, Michael Mettler, Kasper Storch

Client:
Bürgerspital, Basel, Switzerland

Planning:
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Andreas Zachmann, Basel, Switzerland
Construction Management: Pro-Plan-Ing AG, St. Louis, France
HVAC Engineering: W. Waldhauser, Basel, Switzerland
Plumbing Engineering: Bogenschütz AG, Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Engineering: K. Schweizer, AG, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: W. Hunziker, Basel, Switzerland ;Kessler & Greder AG, Basel, Switzerland

Specialist / Consulting:
Glass Facade Consulting: Schmidlin AG, Aesch, Switzerland
Building Physics: Gysin & Ehrsam AG, Pratteln, Switzerland

Building Data:
Site Area: 50,571sqm / 544,346sqft
Building Footprint: 3,726sqm / 40,106sqft
Gross Floor Area: 5,466sqm / 508sqft

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