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Football Training Centre Soweto / RUFproject

  • 01:00 - 17 December, 2010
Football Training Centre Soweto / RUFproject
Football Training Centre Soweto / RUFproject, © Allan James
© Allan James

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    RUFproject
  • Lead Architect & Designer

    Sean Pearson
  • Local Project Manager

    SIP Project Managers Ltd.
  • Client

    Nike South Africa
  • Area

    54800.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Situated in the heart of Soweto, the Football Training Centre is the centre of football in South Africa, where 1200 teams and 20,000 footballers play each year. In less than 6 months, the facility was transformed into a state of the art football training centre - the first of it’s kind in Africa, and the rest of the world. Designed by the Canadian firm, RUFproject in conjunction with the Nike Global Football Brand Design, the facility encompasses 2 new full sized artificial pitches, 2 junior turf pitches, new lighting, a clubhouse & player lounge, an education facility for the Grass Roots Soccer & Life Skillz program, a Training Gym, Physio & First Aid facility, a Product Trial, Catering , Administrative Offices, Viewing Deck and new Change Rooms. The Clubhouse & Player’s Lounge house regular and in-depth tips and insights from Nike Athletes & Coaches and a place for coaches and players to focus on the tactical and strategic aspects of the game.

© Allan James
© Allan James

The concept was to create a clear but intricately woven relationship of spaces, linking the programmes of facility through visual connections created by cuts in the solid mass of the rectangular structure. Each room has views to and from other areas of the building which creates an intricate and selective transparency between functions. The facility has been design from the outset for and around the player, supporting the various aspects of their day. Everything has been considered to make the facility flow and remain open, and at the same time manage the reality of creating a secure and safe place to play football. The gym, product trial and catering functions have operable facades, opening them up to the field directly to the fields, and a player’s tunnel bisects the main building creating a direct connection from the change rooms with the field for the players.

© Allan James
© Allan James

The facade is clad in a local sandstone, and wrapped with a local timber louvre structure to mitigate the solar heat gain to the west, north and east facades. Cantilevering over the pitches, the overhang provides shade before and after the game. The south facade has it’s sandstone exposed and houses a growing list of players who distinguish themselves on and off the pitch - their names permanently apart of the building and it's future.

© Allan James
© Allan James

The intent of the project was to provide a lasting home for football in the dynamic neighbourhood of Soweto that would continue on past the world cup.

© Allan James
© Allan James
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Football Training Centre Soweto / RUFproject" 17 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/96408/football-training-centre-soweto-rufproject/>
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Holcim Awards · December 17, 2010

I love the screen with the super graphics. It is a perfect way to address the hot african sun. Great use of local materials.

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Richie · December 17, 2010

It looks good.. Hopefully this is the real legacy of the World Cup in South Africa, not debts and underused stadia.

kilosius · December 17, 2010

I hate football!!!

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