The Kunsthal-a sport exhibition

TEAM: Denis MAROTTE (Student), Jean-Marc SCHEPERS, Jean-Sébastien DE HARVEN, Patrick DAVID, Sibrine Durnez (Teachers) – Belgian – Faculty of Architecture, Atelier B1/ DDDHS, University of Liège


The Kunsthal : a sport exhibition

the dutsch population focusing less on traditional art (paint, photography).The Kunsthal’s council dicided to reconfigure two of his exhibition hall for receiving a new kind of exhibition where sports are showed like artworks.

The place is planned for an occupation of 20 people.

A swim lane, a diving pool, a gymnastic rings space, a “high jump” space, a “tumbling” space will be showed . The infrastrutcure will receive an oyster bar and some cloakrooms too.

A physical separation is created between visitors and sportsmen for this purpose in such as way we could see the other side of the  inferior hall but not further. The opening in the slab and the detachment of the diving pool create the sensation of floating and a circulation around the diving pool.

Every infrastructure are independent and have his own strong identity but like artworks in an exhibition, all sport are related.


TEAM: Isaline LECOMTE (Student), Jean-Marc SCHEPERS, Jean-Sébastien DE HARVEN, Patrick DAVID, Sibrine Durnez (Teachers) – Belgian – Faculty of Architecture, Atelier B1/ DDDHS, University of Liège


The Kunsthal in Rotterdam transforms the two large exhibition rooms into a space of relation to the body. The program for this new place includes the following activities:

a swim lane, a diving pool, a gymnastic rings space, a “high jump” space, a “tumbling” space, a bar and a cloakroom. The place is planned for an occupation of 20 people.

Activities must be contained in the existing volume, floors / ceilings can be drilled. Support points and access are retained.

My project is based on traffic, a route is created to move from activities to activities. The keywords of the project are linearity and regularity.

The whole project works on light games, level games and visual games between levels and activities. Some examples:

A slope allows entry into the dive basin, this one extends to level 0. Made of transparent glass it gives an atmosphere and games of light. The gymnast rings play on all floors, one can play on the height of the rings. So they are visible to the spectator from all levels.


TEAM: Jaromír Čížek, Czech (Czech republic), UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Desing in Praque


Run like a wolf & rest in a den

I concieve a competition as an important part of any kind of sport, but I also concieve a sport as a possibility for being with myself in a meditative meaning. Runner is a modern wayferer and running give him a joy of focusing on his mind and body, moving throu an open landscape, independetly of other people.

This project depicts my perfect holiday idea: Running alone across the moutains dozens of miles and each evening repose in a small, private, cosy den with only basic equipment and relaxing sauna. And the next day just run off again.

My project represents the path across the mountains, throu their lower settled parts, throu a wild nature areas. The route is signed by symbol of the wolf footprint. Each section ends in a burrow hidden in a hillside which provides a beautiful view. The den represents a shelter for a regeneration, meditation, relaxing or just having something easy to eat, hanging clothes to dry and sleeping.

Golf Caves at South Lykken Trail

TEAM: Sarah Sherter, American, Sherter Interiors – Palm Desert, California USA


The Golf Caves at South Lykken Trail – Palm Springs, California

The Golf Caves at South Lykken Trail; a new concept for rethinking how golfers play and train in extreme climates. Typically a golfers experience is 18 holes, a short game practice area and driving range located outdoors.

In the Coachella Valley, Southern California, summer temperatures rise to 115 Fahrenheit, 4 months continuously; golf courses are desolate. Golfers escaping to cooler climates to play or finding other activities to do in air conditioned indoor environments.

The first prototype will be located in the mountain making resourceful use of the natural rocky terrain.  Constructed by boring into the mountain with 3’-0” remaining thick slate rock walls to keep the inside cool year round. Eliminating air conditioning or a sprinkler system.  The outdoor part of the driving range would have synthetic grass.  One can enjoy the outdoor natural beauty and experience golf culture will all the amenities proposed.

The membership at the Golf Caves would include; virtual golf rooms, training bays/lessons and a driving range. For security and preventing wildlife from entering; the range/bays would be closed with pull-down metal doors. Amenities include a pro-shop, club house bar/café; other spaces pertinent to running a golf club.


TEAM: Marcelina Daria Pilarczyk – Polish – Wrocław University of Science and Technology


Architecture gives possibilities; inhabitants observe and incentivize each other.

Not only is MADEme complex in Wrocław a mixture of modern buildings with recreational open-air elements, but also a great construction which persuades residents to do sport inside – in front of their apartments. They can integrate there with neighbours on the corridor which may turn into a gym or a place to rest. Furthermore, inhabitants have to pass this area to reach their flat; observing people doing sport incentivize them to do the same. Dwellers can also play a “Five senses sport game” that convinces them not to choose elevator, but stairs. What it more, settlement is friendly for families. Mothers and fathers can do a workout while taking care of children in a specific places inside as well as outside.

Estate consists of two multifamily houses and immense area for recreation and rest; e.g. a pond, hills, a barbecue zone, courts, not to mention a playground combined with the outdoor gym, etc. Moreover, buildings are surrounded with a two or one level track that creates a possibility to start jogging right after leaving a flat. What is more, it enables easy access to the Odra river embankment, where are special paths for runners and walkers.

Game of three thirds

TEAM: Adam Leatherbarrow – English – Leatherbarrow Design – The University of Greenwich, London


“Game of three thirds”: a stadium fit for three sided football


Three sided football is a modern adaptation of the “beautiful game”. In typical football games, there are two teams, with two goals and two halves, that play a fixture to determine the winner by who scores the most goals on a rectangular football pitch, where attacking is key. Three sided football is a game where there are three teams, three goals and three halves/thirds played on a hexagonal pitch. A team does not count the goals that they score, but only the goals they concede. The team with the fewest goals wins the game by having the best defence and how well you work with other teams at the same time – this is called “Philosophy football”.

Philosophy football is a concept that is slowly making an impact in many countries in the world and there has even been a world cup. In Spain, bull ring arenas are used to enable a capacity crowd to spectate, however the pitch is adapted to a circular form, which is not ideal for the formatted event. It’s not only a home for games, but the venue will be able to have training facilities in the upper boxes where they will look out onto the pitch behind the stand. The



TEAM: Kamila Waszkowiak (polish/Delft University of Technology), Emilia Karwowska (polish/Wroclaw University of Technology)



Our body is an equipment to live.

Here is your body.

It is a perfect, complicated and fascinating machine; created to move, lift, bend, feel, use. Every muscle designed optimally by nature, to carry us through our whole life.

But something has gone miserably wrong.

In this hustle into comfort and inertness, we fragmented our lives, dividing family from professional life, job from entertainment, believes from actions. Our body from our mind. We spend our days sitting, being carried, skipping any kind of movement, just to finish our day at gym, to sweat and use or bodies in advance. We save time with our machines, cars, systems of services, avoiding physical activities, just to run on a treadmill, facing a wall.

We made a terrible mistake, but there is still time to get back.

We don’t need to design any special equipment, to use our bodies, because our body is an equipment to live, and that is all we need to do.



TEAM :Louise ROMPEN (Student), Jean-Marc SCHEPERS, Jean-Sébastien DE HARVEN, Patrick DAVID, Sibrine Durnez (Teachers) – Belgian – Faculty of Architecture, Atelier B1/ DDDHS, University of Liège


KUNSTHAL-Destructuration of masS

Right another time where sportsmen and art lovers were the same people.

Right another time where architects and coaches have to work together for the best infrastructure.
That’s why we have to integrate a place for relation with the body in the Rotterdam ‘s Kunsthal. (OMA – 1992)

When we talk about Kunsthal, we talk about circulation and the interactions between inside and outside.

When we talk about sport, we talk about power.

So we decide to create a progression for the different sport-steps, working with the mass.
The course begins with the changing rooms followed by the showers.
The positions of the walls induce the pace of the visitor. He just has to go to the high jump, follows by the calisthenics rings.
After that he has to begin the ascents to the swimming pool and then to the bar.
But before this step, he can stop on the bleachers to look to the divers for few minutes.
Then he can return in the traps, stand with the eyes at the level of the park, and go to the shower.
To this end he can also stop on the first floor, go to the tumbling and just be induce by the form of the deck to go down along the ramp.

Disability Union Division

TEAM: Alessandro Ossola, Andrea Rolle – Italy –  Studio Ossola, Architectural Association


Disability Union Division

The idea to design a multi-purpose sports facility, able to host Olympic and Paralympic athletes simultaneously, comes from reflection of the need to create a space where able-bodied and disabled can share values ​​and experiences, overcoming social and cultural obstacles and architectural barriers.

It’s a space where the acceptance of diversity represents added value for the achievement of objectives, not only sporting goals.

The focus in on concepts of “division” and “union” in addition to reflecting the sporting values ​​such as respect and healthy competition, which are key ingredients for continuous improvement.

The internal layout, excluding services and facilities, varies according to the real needs of sports disciplines, athletes with special needs, and if training and / or competitions are scheduled.

Through computational design, the total number of “modules” needed to meet demand is found. These modules have a standard dimension and they are distributed on the plan in relation with variables such as days of the week, users, disciplines and event typologies.

During competitions or big events, it is expected the presence of spectators, who watch the events from telescopic and retractable stands, making so the fully multifunctional system.


TEAM: Rui Huang, Wei Zhang, Zhuoran Li – China – Newcastle University


Dandelion, bring my dream closer.

In 2065, the urban population is keeping increasing, public sports space in big cities become seriously insufficient.  The intelligent vertical flying sports center, Dandelion, collects sporting demands via terminal APP, travels between different districts in different periods correspondingly, maximizing its functions for citizens, besides only capturing very limited ground space sometimes.  The energy for flying and suspending is provided by high-efficient solar panels.

Three rotatable and joinable zones on the top are for competitive sports (such as basketball and football), mechanical arms help to adjust the playground and to provide more interacting activities, LED surface and surrounding speaker system provide more visual and acoustical pleasure; gym (including general equipment and training course area) and suspending swimming pool in the middle; curved playground for X-sports on the bottom.  In addition, cloud social networking platform is introduced into the APP, ranking system stimulates motivation, the popular and top-ranking matches could be recorded by drones and broadcasted, forum system promoting people sharing exercise experience.  Altogether, leading a new healthy sporting life style.

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