Sports Hall / Slangen + Koenis Architects

© Marcel van der Burg

Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
Location: Rietlanden,
Architect In Charge: Slangen, Koenis Architects
Design Team: Jetske Bömer, Bart Solinger, Vincent van Draanen
Area: 2,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Bart Solinger

Chief Designers: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis

© Marcel van der Burg

The new sports hall ‘De Rietlanden’ will, together with its existing neighbouring sport facilities, form a new important in- and outdoor sports centre in Lelystad. The existing situation already had two sports halls, though separated by a bike stand from the local secondary school. This unusual separation made it very hard to combine the different sport and social activities. Also the site has a very grey and pale colour pallet with an unwelcoming atmosphere, especially after school hours. The starting point of the design therefore was to not only create a friendly volume that combines the two existing buildings into one centre, but also to create a fresh and bright impulse for the drab and grey surroundings. By moving the entrance to the other side of the building we created a centre that is more accessible from a spacious and more inviting entrance square that welcomes the visitors.

© Marcel van der Burg

Since both of the neighbouring buildings had to remain, the new sports hall had to fit into the relatively narrow empty spot, where the bike stand used to be. To accentuate the placement of the new structure, we created very colourful facades at the two sides that intersect the existing buildings, accentuating the contrast between old and new. The two front facades are very crisp and light with white colours in varying materials. The new entrance faces towards the outdoor sport fields through large glass windows, as well as the covered terrace on the upper floor, that can function as a grandstand. In order to create an optimal sports and teaching environment, windows allows light and views into the sports hall. But they can also be closed if it is convenient for the activities. To create extra relief and agility to the entrance square the shutters can be adjusted to the needs of the users, causing the building to open or close towards the square.

© Marcel van der Burg

The floor plan clearly shows how the new structure is implemented on the site and in between the other buildings. There’s a hallway connecting the sports halls on ground level and the 6 changing rooms. These spaces are optimized to leave maximum space for the optimal layout. On the upper floor a spectator zone is situated along the length of the field with a restaurant. The restaurant is an important connection between the old and the new building on grandstand level.

Floor Plan

View this project in Google Maps

* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "Sports Hall / Slangen + Koenis Architects" 20 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Matthew Claus

    This is mostly a question to the community and not a criticism, but does anyone have a good idea where the “fad” or “style” of creating the what appears to be randomized panel facades in architecture started? There was a discussion in the work place about it earlier this week.

    • Pierre

      Excellent! I’ve also been thinking about that…
      I’m hopping on this thread so hopefully I’ll finally have the answer!