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Sports Club / GEO Arquitectos

  • Architects: GEO Arquitectos
  • Location: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Álvaro Galmés, Arturo Grinda, Miguel Olazábal
  • Area: 2570.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Collaborators: Jose Luis Gutiérrez, Juan C. Plaza
  • Technical Architects: FERROVIAL-AGROMAN, S.A.
  • Promotor: El Encinar del Norte, S.A.U.
  • Construction: FERROVIAL-AGROMAN, S.A.
  • Budget: 1.255.750,05 €
  • Cost: 490 €/m2
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

The displacement of the atlhetes is essentially constant, their movemets form a weightless space which gives priority to the balance over everything else. The pictures of small groups of gymnasts following a musical pace in the eighties have changed the paradigm of gymnasium.  

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Those big spaces in which social complete groups met in the early morning to practice a communal activity, have dissapeard and left their place in favour of what it is seen today as show, dominated by individuals who steal time to their working hours to keep minimally in form, in heterogeneous schedules and forming anonymous and limited groups. Thus it’s not more a space of public exhibition, but a mix of individual spheres that share their feelings to the sound of music.

Acces Plan
Acces Plan

This sports centre tries to give response to this new paradigm of the «combinative spherical gymnast», offering him a space and a freedom of movements according to his condition, and for that reason the space will be partitioned in small niches that lack angles, the individuals will slide by the walls instead of touching them, the milky light cominf from the composite filter façade, contributes to the contemplation of the athetle as an individual beyond the global structure. Gymnasts and coaches keep their individuality in a space that intends to favour personal relationships.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:"Sports Club / GEO Arquitectos" [Club Deportivo / GEO Arquitectos] 17 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Castro, Fernanda) Accessed . <>