National Sports Center in Tenero, Ticino, Switzerland
1993-1998 (competition project 1990)
Swiss Federal Sport Department
Space in movement, Teres Wydler
triple gymnasium hall, with restaurant, different sports facilities and lodgings
The main building for sport and gymnastic facilities, is characterised on its south front by an generous portico which offers a shaded place of transition between the outdoor and indoor services. The administration and hostel building has a semicircular shape, completely closed on the street front (functioning like a noise protection wall), while the south façade with the loggias is turned towards the lake. Two main volume composes the site: the principle building (with the gymnastic hall provided with all sports facilities as well as a refectory) is structured by a row of 10 linear 7.60 m wide units creating a large portico of 11 m height. The inner space offers an appropriate flexibility of organization according to the requested use. Skylights inserted in the vaulted roof allow a bright daylight within the inner spaces. The reinforced concrete bearing structure is clad with red bricks like the smaller semicircle building which houses lodging and administration.