The building is a new part of the existing School Complex No. 5, which includes the 13th General Secondary School and bilingual secondary school in Wrocław (PL).
Sports complex is a hybrid of two independently functioning objects in one compact body. On the ground floor there is a separate fencing block available directly from the outside. The complex of sports facilities for the school, which consists of a full-size gymnasium, fitness room, dance hall and gym, and necessary sanitary and locker rooms are located above the fencing block. Connector suspended over the inner courtyard provides transfer between new and existing buildings.
The form of the building is completely subordinate to its function. Individual gyms are stacked like blocks so as to maximize the small space of the parcel and minimize the space needed for internal communication. An additional challenge here was to encapsulate the localization on the plot of the project. The whole is packed in an elegant minimalist façade in which the composition of the windows reflects the functional layout of the interior of the building. The simplicity of the form accompanies the consistent and economical use of architectural details.
The entire building was finished with ceramic brick (referring to the typical historic educational facilities as well as the wings of the historic building of the school) in white. White bricks used on the facades act as intermediaries between existing and new buildings, old and new, tradition and modernity.
The preliminary design was made primarily with freehand drawings and models and then developed afterwards with Trimble Sketchup, Autodesk Autocad and similar tools. Software used for building project and tender design includes: Autodesk Autocad, Trimble Sketchup, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk MAX.
The project has received favorable reviews in the industry press and has been published in magazines and architectural portals. It was also awarded the distinction in Wienerberger Brick Award 2017 (Poland) competition which – obviously – is make us quite happy 🙂