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Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre

Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre
Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre, © Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
© Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI

Danish architects Elkiær + Ebbeskov (E+E) and Leth & Gori have won an invited competition to design a large multifunctional sports building in Langvang, Denmark. Competing against teams led by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, CEBRA, COBE and Kontur, their winning proposal features a combined sports hall and community centre consisting of a series of multifunctional arenas for activities and events. The scheme also includes a masterplan of the surrounding area centered around sports and recreation.

© Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
© Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI

The program includes "indoor athletics facilities with a 200 meter running track, 60 meter running track, and facilities for high jump, long jump, pole vault, javelin, discus, hammer throw and short put, along with different arenas for sports, a 200 meter roller skating track, play areas, dressing rooms, offices and meeting facilities for the sports clubs and a café." Based on the idea of continually doubling programmatic space throughout the design, such as coupling the use of the indoor running tracks for roller skating with fencing, the building is becomes truly multifunctional. For example, "the dance hall doubles as a multipurpose hall for meetings, concerts, theatre or parties." The roof of the building is also designed as an activity landscape which facilitates runners, skaters, bikes, roller skating and skiing in wintertime.

Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI

The proposal turns idea of the traditional sports hall inside out. Rather than making a large central space containing all the program, the project creates separate areas for individual programs organized around a central open courtyard within the 200 meter running track. "This results in a very optimized building complex where the different areas of the building can perform to the precise programmatic demands."

© LIW Planning
© LIW Planning

The vision for the Langvang project is to create a place where "differences can meet." It is a project where inside and outside melt together and where professional and recreational programs can meet and co-exist in an open and inviting environment. According to the architects "the project releases the unique potential of the site by creating a unique meeting place where people can be active individually and as a community."

Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
  • Competition

    Langvang Multifunctional Sports Building
  • Award

    First Place
  • Architects

  • Location

    Langvangen, 8930 Randers, Denmark
  • Architects in Charge

    Lotte Elkiær, Ane Ebbeskov, Uffe Leth, Karsten Gori
  • Landscape Architects

    LiW planning
  • Engineers

    Hundsbæk og Henriksen Rådgivende Ingeniører AS
  • Advisory Board

    Klaus Eskelund and Rasmus Bergman, The Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics (ISSCB) at SDU Bo Rasmussen DAF Henrik Paulsen, SPARTA Athletic Club Thomas Cortebeeck, Vidensform
  • Client

    Randers Municipality
  • Area

    5300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre" 11 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/485216/elkiaer-ebbeskov-and-leth-and-gori-win-competition-for-multifunctional-sports-centre/> ISSN 0719-8884

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