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  7. Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall / C. F. Møller Architects

Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall / C. F. Møller Architects

  • 01:00 - 20 June, 2010
Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall / C. F. Møller Architects
Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall / C. F. Møller Architects, © Poul Nyholm
© Poul Nyholm

© Poul Nyholm © Poul Nyholm © Poul Nyholm © Poul Nyholm +34

  • Location

    Hvidkildevej, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Architects

    C. F. Møller Architects
  • Engineering

    Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
  • Client

    VIK Gymnastik
  • Size

    1,600m2 (1,200m2 new building and 400m2 refurbishment)
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The children of Aarhus now have a unique hall to romp in. Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall, designed by C. F. Møller Architects, combines the best of the sports hall and playground and is the only one of its kind in Denmark - probably worldwide.

© Poul Nyholm
© Poul Nyholm

The Motor Skills Hall is an extension of the Aarhus Gymnastics and Trampoline Hall. The idea of the approximately 1.200 m2 of activity landscape is to invite and motivate children aged three to ten to develop motor skills while having fun playing. Possible future users of the hall are sporting associations, schools, youth centres, kindergartens, families etc.

© Poul Nyholm
© Poul Nyholm

Normally, when designing a traditional sports hall, the layout is strictly guided by fixed requirements - such as court sizes, heights and widths. Here the challenge has been to creatively re-think the concept of sports and play, and create something completely unique.

© Poul Nyholm
© Poul Nyholm

A sculpturally-formed climbing frame, called the seashell, rises in the middle of the hall. With its many sloping surfaces, holes and hanging ropes it calls to be investigated by curious boys and girls - the bravest of them can climb all the way to the top, three storeys up right under the ceiling, where a small glass tower discloses a beautiful view of Aarhus Bay and the nearby Mols hills.

© Julian Weyer
© Julian Weyer

The hall also invites movement through its many footbridges and platforms located along the length of the hall, and flexibly furnished zones called kangaroo land with trampolines and jumping equipment, and a so-called monkey land with ropes and jungle-like density. Hanging on the wall they will find a labyrinth designed for crawling several floors up.

© Julian Weyer
© Julian Weyer

The unusual spaces which arise through the extension have also been put to active use; the slanting roof surface of the existing hall has for example been transformed into an indoor climbing wall.

© Poul Nyholm
© Poul Nyholm

From the outside, the hall has the appearance of a raw concrete shell, with large, slanting windows and stairways which lend transparency and dynamics to the facade.

© Julian Weyer
© Julian Weyer
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall / C. F. Møller Architects" 20 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Dabeer Hemani · March 02, 2012

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Will Hutton · October 05, 2010

Inspiration! looks so fun!

lena · June 21, 2010

great idea for sure! just thinking... isnt there a bit too many sharp edges?? how safe is this for kids??!

esc · June 21, 2010 10:36 PM

haha yeah wonderful idea, but this would never pass plan check here in the states. every corner would have to be padded or be made out of rubber or plastic...

Nicholas Patten · June 21, 2010

Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall.

Mikkel · June 21, 2010

Føj for satan en øjebæ - cykler forbi engang imellem når jeg svømmer. Overgangen mellem nyt og gammelt..... Jeg kan ikke forestille mig det kan gøres grimmere. CF Møller plejer at levere jævn præstation - men det der er under niveau....

dog · June 20, 2010

For me great idea.
Just think some activites are too certain - like maze on wall, so children would be bored soon and woun`t use it, and it became dead, beacause other children would show that novice who use it that its boring.


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