Sports center, Sports, Sports complex, Kurim, Czech Republic

Strikingly bold sports hall by Cuboid Architekti

| 14 : 00 – 21 December 2018 |


Sports hall, Sports arena, Kurim, black and white


Sports Hall in Kuřim, is a strikingly bold white and black structure intended to stand out from its entire sports complex.

The black and white building is a part of the sports arena developed for the city of Kurim. The design of the sports hall by Cuboid Architekti was selected through an international competition floated in 2009. The sharp edges of the hall are enhanced by the a narrow strip of windows on its front facade.

Front facade of the Sports hall

Sandwich panels have been used high structural rigidity to enclosed the sport facilities within. Hanging curtain meshes within the sports arena divide the spaces allowing flexibility in usage of spaces for different activities at the same time. The      sports arena is lit up by smart LED lights which enable adjustment of lighting intensity for TV broadcasting.

Sports hall, Sports complex, Kurim, Czech Republic

Bold geometry and striking colors on facade

From the Architects – 

The sports hall is another piece in the mosaic of a gradually expanding sports complex in Kuřim. Since the sports arena is approximately in the centre of this promising area, the architects strove to design a building whose look reflects its purpose.

Sports hall, Sports arena, Kurim, Site plan

Site location

It is a playful and eye-catching building that will become the symbol of the entire complex. Our design was selected after winning an international architectural competition in 2009.

Narrow strip of windows

In terms of its volume, the arena is designed as a compact castellated ice floe, showing outside what happens inside. White and black surfaces are divided by the facade’s edges. The shape and the colours make the building stand out from its surroundings. A significant feature of the front facade is a long, narrow strip window surrounding the stands, heralding the action and liveliness taking place inside.

Variation in volume

Facilities in sports hall – 

At the heart of the building is a 40 X 20 m handball court with a clear height of 10 metres and bleachers on one side for approximately 360 spectators. The sports arena can be divided into three parts by letting down mesh curtains from the ceiling, which allows for greater flexibility when renting out the arena.

Hanging mesh curtain divide the spaces



The lower level of the building is for athletes, whereas the level where the entrance hall and reception are acts as a kind of joint communication point and is primarily intended for spectators.

Basement and ground floor plan

Locker rooms with showers for athletes and referees as well as bathrooms and equipment storerooms are situated on the lower level that is accessible by stairs from the entrance hall.

Athlete room


Sports hall, Sports, sports arena facilities

Stairs to lower basement and washroom facilities

On the entrance level, in addition to the entrance hall and reception, there are toilets for spectators, a lounge with a view of the court and an engine room that can be accessed through a separate stairway from the lower storey.

Reception area on ground floor entrance

Construction – 

In terms of construction, the lower storey is a reinforced concrete base upon which the light steel above-ground structure of the arena rests. The sheathing is made of smooth, upright sandwich panels. The internal structures, mainly non-supporting, are made of smooth concrete blocks and unified with white paint. Walls with higher demands for water-resistance are covered with ceramic tiles.


The court is covered with Taraflex, a special artificial surface laid on a simple spring-loaded grid. All other floors in the arena are covered with jointless epoxy skim coating. The building is heated with a cascade gas boiler; sanitary ventilation ensured with a central heat recovery air-conditioning unit.


The sports arena is lit by a system of linear LED lights. The extent and intensity of the lighting can be adjusted; it also enables the level of illumination required for TV broadcasts.


Project details –

Project Name – Sports Hall

Architect – Cuboid Architekti S.R.O. |

Lead Architect – Aleš Papp, Milan Vít, Magdaléna Pappová

Project location – Blanenská Street, Kuřim, Czech Republic

Client – City of Kuřim

Project Type – Sports center

Project year – 2009 – 2017 | Completion year – 2018

Built up area – 1890 m2 | Usuable area – 2478 m2

Photography Credit – © Jakub Skokan, ©Martin Tůma – BoysPlayNice Photography

Products & Brands –

Facade sandwich panels – Trimo |

Roof water-proofing membranes – Fatrafol |

Interior doors – HSE |

Ceramic tiling – Rako |

Floor screed – Sika |

Interior doors – Jansen |

Sanitary equipment – Jika |

Sports floor – Gerflor – Taraflex |

Roof smoke-exhaust valves – Klahos |

Wall concrete blocks – KB Blok |

Fire-proof coating – Promadur, Promat |

Lighting system of the hall – Veko |


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