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Thursday, July 09, 2020

Alberto Campo Baeza, Sports Centre and Classroom Complex UFV

The Madrid practice led by Alberto Campo Baeza has designed an addition to the Francisco de Vitoria University campus in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). The new complex will consist of a sport pavilion and a lecture hall: two boxes of opposed material quality which will rise side by side on a concrete plinth connecting them.

The larger box contains the sport courts and the stands connecting street level to the passable roof of the plinth. It comes across as a lightweight box, with translucent glass panels sealing the upper parts of the facades of the north dihedral, and a horizontal band of transparent glass closing the lower part of the south facade. The rest of the enclosure presents prefabricated panels of glass-reinforced concrete (GRC).

Inside the other box, smaller and more solid-looking, are classrooms and work spaces. It has a steel structure: a grid of pillars and beams in facades and trusses to take care of the large spans of the roof. All in white. The rest of the structure is executed with reinforced concrete, with thick beams over the swimming pool space down in the basement. The covered pool is placed under the two volumes, beside the rest of the facilities, on one hand settling the unevenness of the site and on the other hand separating the users’ routes through the building.

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