Architects: T2.a Architects Location: Budapest, Hungary Architect In Charge: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi Project Team: Zsolt Frikker, András Göde, Orsolya Gönczi, László Földes, Barna Láris, Péter Márk, Eszter Mészáros, Levente Skultéti, Zoltán Stein, Miklós Vannay Photographs: Zsolt Batár
Project Area: 11,800 sqm Construction Design: Maczelka László Interior Design: Szabolcs Nagy-Miticzky Fellow Architects: Bence Sárkány, Ádám Vesztergom Structure: Zoltán V. Nagy, Zsolt Inokai, Dr. József Almási Plumbing & Hvac: Attila Braun, István Tóth Electrical Planning: Gábor Bíró, Miklós Tornallyay Public Utilities: Attila Bíró
The sports building is connected to the street level by an open air pedestrian area, kind of a special courtyard, created between the two building volumes. On the South side the swimming-pool area is directly opened to the large garden, home of several outdoor sporting grounds and outdoor pool as well.
The building is a simple one as far as its floor plan is concerned. It is made up of two squares of identical area, one of them housing the gym hall with grandstand seating, the other containing a swimming-pool with auxiliary facilities wrapped around in an L-shape. The circulation system linking both functions is clearly presented: the two blocks are both separated and connected by open and enclosed public circulation spaces barefoot pedestrians from those in footwear.
But it is at roof level that the designers T2.a Architects reveal the true form of the building. Here a series of apparently random, faceted planes – all clad in copper – deconstruct the regular cube forms below. Viewed from Csörsz Street or from the longitudinal façade to the adjacent gardens, the building suggests fragmented pieces of a broken shell. Some of the copper planes interlink to form a continuous roof surface, while others generate areas of vertical glazing between them to provide generous natural lightning into the spaces below. These copper planes carry over to vertical surfaces dropping down from the roof area to meet the rendered walls below.