drieburcht sports complex by venhoevenCS merges architecture + art
 
drieburcht sports complex by venhoevenCS merges architecture + art drieburcht sports complex by venhoevenCS merges architecture + art
sep 29, 2014

drieburcht sports complex by venhoevenCS merges architecture + art

drieburcht sports complex by venhoevenCS merges architecture + art
all images courtesy of venhoevenCS architecture+urbanism

 

 

 

the wagnerplein (wagner square) is a key project within the tilburg-north area development plan in the netherlands. the projects around the site are intended to make the neighborhood more attractive to a broader spectrum of the public. the ‘drieburcht sports complex’ by venhoevenCS architecture+urbanism plays an important role in accomplishing this goal with its differentiated facilities.

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
northeast façade with an exposed staircase rounding the corner

 

 

 

the atmosphere and programs in the building take on the form of an ‘urban theater’. according to the firm, ‘people initially come for the swimming or the fitness training, but keep coming back for the lively community it houses’. these social interactions are supplemented by the concept of seeing and being seen. this is evident through the fact that visitors and members can circulate among the spaces and look through voids in the floor plates and strategically embedded glass panels to see how other people are engaging in physical activities. these internal lines of sight connect smaller, more intimate spaces with the larger whole. as such, for every space of relaxation, there is a corresponding workout zone.

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
competition pool

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
sports hall

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
instruction pool

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
sports hall detail

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
competition pool along the south façade

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
stairway

 

 

 

as spectacular as the views inside the building are, the exterior turns heads. created in collaboration with artist jean-luc moerman, it accentuates an extraordinary interplay of volumes and gives the complex an aesthetic of strength, speed, and fluidity that form a perfect complement to the functions inside. ‘while society outside the building may be divided into different groups living alongside each other (or with their backs to each other), inside the building we strive to bring people together in relaxed, informal ways,’ says venhoeven.

 


video courtesy of venhoevenCS architecture

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
entry underneath the cantilever

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
west façade

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlands
southwest façade

venhoevencs jean-luc moerman drieburcht sports complex netherlandsreception

 


video courtesy of venhoevenCS architecture+urbanism

 

 

project info:

 

name: drieburcht sports complex
location: wagnerplein, tilburg, the netherlands
program: swimming pool complex
surface area: 12,500m²
assignment: PD, FD, specifications, construction supervision, aesthetic management, after-sales
period: 2008-2013
client: city of tilburg
team: ton venhoeven, manfred wansink, roland herpel, wouter de haas, tanja djordjevic, jos-willem van oorschot, cécilia gross, bas römgens, tim habraken
partners: pieters projectbureau (construction-technical drawings), jean-luc moerman (artist, building exterior), nelissen (installation consultant), markslag beljaars (design engineer), coresta (construction management), schreven’s BA (construction cost consulting) heerkens van bavel & van wijnen (contractor)

 

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