Archdaily publishes new competition won by Estudio Lamela to design a new sports centre in Cracow, Poland.
Since the project began, considered options were the demolition or keeping the old sports complex, currently in operation. The basic premise was to locate the building in such a way that allowed the dual configuration of the space around it, leaving in place the existing building and in turn offering the possibility of demolition and subsequent release of space, so the project provided for a maximum adjustment to the existing building.
The building was designed with the aim to create two balancing structures, the top one being a simple translucent box, while the lower part is an opaque entrance area and continues the line of the old hall’s roof. This second lower part is conceptually another box that is folded in different angles creating interesting dynamism. In the same time these transformations of the lower volume also respond to the needs of entrance and evacuation of building users.