2013 - 2015
Street sport all year round
Lightweight gymnasium at 20% of normal price
In Denmark there is a big need for sports facilities to encompass other activities than the traditionally popular sports such as European Handball and badminton. At the same time, the local municipalities do not have the economy to build nor maintain the traditional facilities. Therefor the foundation for sports and local culture Lokale- og Anlægsfonden (LoA) invited Vandkunsten and two other architecture firms to develop the second generation of an economical alternative to the conventional indoors sports gymnasiums.
The Lightweight Gymnasium (Let hal) has its name from its equipment; the concept is stripped from normal demands such as insulation and installations. Along with other restraints this saves up to 80 % of the conventional price of construction.
The first of Vandkunsten Architects’ Lightweight Gyms have been built by the city of Gentofte to accommodate street sport acitivities such as skaters and BMX bikers.
Prepared for adaptations
The gymnasium is basically a large shed which could have many dimensions - it is part of the concept that it is adaptable to the needs of different local communities who want this kind of facility. Therefore we have developed a parametric BIM model to easily accommodate adaptations of the Light Gym concept.
- Niels Pedersen, Constructing Architect MAL
The lightweight facility is CO2 neutral solid wood structure with facades of transparent polycarbonate. The untreated wood has a raw yet warm and inviting expression day and night.
Project name: Gymnasium for street sports
Category:Culture & Institutions, R&D, Wood
Client: City of Gentofte
Gross area: 1000 m²
Date: 2013 - 2015
Cost of construction: DKK 5 mio
Program: Facility for street sports
Activity: New built
Job type: Won competition
Construction system: CO2 neutral solid wood structure. Facades of transparent polycarbonate as well as untreated wood
Contact: Søren Nielsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultant: leverandør: Lilleheden