| 16 : 30 – 4 October 2017 |
White and full of light, a multi sports pavilion designed by Architect Alberto Campo Baeza has been added to the campus of Vitoria University in Pozuelo, Madrid.
Taking a cue from the exiting main campus, Camp Baezo designed the sports complex working around height and alignment constraints. The structure, which comprises of two well-defined interconnected boxes is a low-rise building whose roof serves as a patio.
Well defined two boxes of sports pavilion
Section through the complex shows interconnection of spaces
The complex houses a sports hall, multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, swimming pool, physiotherapy, etc in addition to classroom complex. The built-in multi-purpose hall can cater for meetings, including a range of university activities.
The resultant structure has been designed keeping in view the orientation of natural sunlight and linkage with the main campus.
Conceptual sketches from Architect Campo Baeza
From the architect –
The sports pavilion is designed with lightness in mind, in GRC glass fiber reinforced concrete, unlike the more closed classroom complex and low interconnecting building. In the volume of the sports complex the orientation of the various sides are valued differently, so that the facades of the southern dihedral, more exposed to sunlight, enclosed in a prefabricated panel of GRC glass fiber reinforced concrete, while those of the northern dihedral are in translucent glass.
Link with main square of university campus
The south-western facade features a low strip of transparent glass highlighting the link with the main square of the campus. And this mechanism of transparency is repeated on the north-eastern facade facing the upper patio.
Thus a visual relationship is created between the square and the sports complex, while the south-western facade of the classroom complex becomes a backdrop to the complex as a whole. To differentiate the sports and academic buildings, the architect played with the volume and facade materials.
View of overall complex
A large translucent box, 60X50X12 m in size stands out as a fundamental element of the entire structure. Steel grid of pillars and beams form the structure of the pavilion facades and trusses have helped to provide enormous roof span.
The swimming pool area has wide angled beams all over its roof. The remainder of the structure is in reinforced concrete. The all-white painted building represents a striking addition to the existing campus for sure!
The basement floor houses the swimming pools
Wide angled beams assembled on site
Project details –
Project Name – Multi Sports Pavilion and Classroom Complex
Architect – Alberto Campo Baeza
Location – Carretera, Pozuelo-Majadahonda km 1.800, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid
Client – Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
Project Type – Classroom, Sports center, Pavilion
Completion year -2017
Built up area – 9000 m2
Collaborating Architects – Ignacio Aguirre López, Alejandro Cervilla García, María Pérez de Camino Díez, Tommaso Campiotti, Miguel Ciria Hernández, Elena Jiménez Sánchez, Imanol Iparraguirre, María Moura
Structural Consultant – Andrés Rubio Morán
Glass Consultant – José Pablo Calvo
Contractor – Clásica Urbana (Jesús Díaz Poblaciones, Francisco Martínez Reche, Jorge Garriga, Mónica Grau)
Project Manager – Francisco Navarro, María Lamela, Francisco Armesto
Mechanical Engineer – Úrculo Ingenieros
Quantity Surveyor – Francisco Melchor Gallego
Photography Credit – Javier Callejas
The multi sports pavilion
Concept sketches – © Alberto Campo Baeza