The origins of this project lie in the relationship between the sports played at the facilities and the features of the site: a 25,226 m2 plot of land with a steep downward slope and marked drops in height towards the west and towards the neighbouring green space to the north.
This proposal meets the needs established in the list of requirements, particularly those concerning the accommodation of the three playing fields, with the necessary north-south orientation, on the site. Thus the proposal includes three large, horizontal, tiered platforms, adapted to the relief of the land, containing the main entrance and the multi-sports court; the 11‑a‑side football pitch; and the 7‑a‑side football pitch, respectively. The location of the main entrance in the south-east of the premises, the internal movement and the layout of the various buildings and playing fields are also in line with other urban considerations concerning the plot’s location between the Oliver and Miralbueno districts, and between the built-up area in the south and the park in the north.
On the basis of these initial considerations, the proposal is for an open-plan system, with isolated buildings between the lawn of the playing fields and the vegetation, seeking a suitable relationship between the premises and the landscape. The inner routes and urban spaces created (entrance area, porches, shelters, viewing areas, etc.) are functional items which also act to unite the premises as a whole.
The layout of the buildings is based on a highly linear, horizontal structure, with long porches marking the transit areas. In the general service and changing-room buildings, the prefabricated concrete panels covering the external facades, and the galvanised steel panels in the interior and the porch ceiling, denote a systematic, modular character, in line with the appearance of pavilions which these buildings strive for. The changing-room building has a certain prototypical character, repeated in different positions and with different relationships for each of the playing fields.
Location: Camisera road s/n. Zaragoza
Architects: Magén Arquitectos
Developer: Municipality of Zaragoza.
Photographs: Roland Halbe
Area: 25.226 m2
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