The sports hall is located in the outskirts of Tallinn, at the begginning of the soviet-era housing area with apartment blocks made of the prefabricated concrete panels. It is to answer to the current condition by the result of the strict plannin from the 80s and the fast commercial development since 90s. The wild ivy is to cover the building gradually during next two decades, which shall provide greenery in this area where has very little. The face of the building will always change its appearance in a slow speed, representing steady and slow process of physical training.
The 200m running track defines the size and shape of the building. The entry from the second floor level allows one to view the openness of the arena immediately. Different activities are connected spatially and visually within; aerobics, physical training, and field athletics. The ramp is to smoothen movement through the building as well as to be ready for real training. Both natural and artificial lighting act as another key for design with smoothness. Wooden fins, punched opening with glass blocks integrated with plant support, and roof lights suggest connection between inside and outside.
Location: Punane Tänav 45, Tallinn, Estonia
Client: City of Tallinnt
Architects: Siiri Vallner, Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi
Structural Engineer: TA Konsult
General Contractor: Eesti Ehitus
Total Floor Area: 8,134m²