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Sports Hall Bale / 3LHD

  • 01:00 - 6 May, 2008
Sports Hall Bale / 3LHD
Sports Hall Bale / 3LHD

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ulica Domenico Cernecca 3, 52211, Bale, Croatia
  • Project Team

    Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Ljerka Vučić, Marin Mikelić
  • Collaborators

    Berislav Medić (UPI-2M, Structural Engineering), Robert Alar (UPI-2M, Structural Engineering) Mateo Biluš (B.M.P. Building Physics), Tomislav Fujs (Vodotehnika, MEP Engineering - Plumbing), Branko Ćorko (IPZ-elektroinženjering 22, Electrical Engineering), Igor Šundov (Rena prom, MEP Engineering - Mechanical)
  • Volume

  • Client

    Bale Municipality
  • Start Of Planning

  • Building Costs

    7,5M Kn / 1,0M €
  • Gross floor area

  • Footprint

  • Area

    3.66 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Bale (Valle in Italian) is a small place in Istria with a population of 1000 people. The new sports hall is adjacent to the old school, and due to the size of the village itself where this building is the second largest after the church, it will also be used as a public facility for various social gatherings. The size of the building has been defined by the basket ball playground and modified by additional facilities on the gallery: a fitness centre and a sauna, while the locker rooms are planned as an extension to the school.

The traditional local dry stone wall motif has been used as a template for the whole surfacing, and the small traditional stone hut, the so called kažun, an example of the archetypical structure has been used as the basic structural pattern. The sports hall solution plan has been made to meet the design and construction time schedule of 11 months, which was possible only by using RC prefabricated elements. All the bearing and façade elements of the sports hall have been made from prefabricated elements. Its integration into the environment has been achieved by minimizing its size, blending with the landscape but also by using local stone materials for façade surfacing which gives to this modern building the appearance of an traditional house.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Sports Hall Bale / 3LHD" 06 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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no name · December 03, 2014

inspiring :D

Khaled Kashawy · October 15, 2012

This structure is very inspiring, with the composition of the stone work and glass for the facade, and the use of green lighting for the interior. It blends perfectly with the surroundings, especially by using local stone materials, which gives this modern building, a traditional look.

MedoDawod · November 10, 2010

Very simple, Very special .. i love it

Dre · August 01, 2010

This looks like a mammoth xbox spaceship landed in Croatia.

Banc · June 26, 2010

Striking form and materiality!

Gago · March 03, 2010

This is one great small sport hall and good example for students "How can we make function at this small object" Pozdrav iz Podgorice...pokazivali su nam ovo na fax-u...

salton · October 07, 2009

I think it is very successful- beautiful in both composition and conception, and well detailed.

Rahul J · August 05, 2009

beautiful... simple and elegant.
the green glow looks great.

cynke · February 08, 2009

Hats off to the Croatian team!

m-suke · September 10, 2008

its a great project, lovely composition and the use of the stone is fascinating it fit perfect in the enviroment..regards


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