|Project:||Vittorio Grassi Architetto & Partners|
|Client:||Municipality of Lamezia Terme|
|Period:||2010 Competition 1st Prize|
|2011 Preliminary Design|
|2012 Schematic Design for tender|
|2014 Start of Construction|
|Gross Floor Area:||8,000 sqm (4,300 people max capacity)|
|Site Area:||50.000 sqm|
|Construction Cost:||9.6m Euros|
|Structural Project:||AI Engineering Srl|
|Environmental design:||AI Engineering Srl|
|Local support:||Arch. Nunzio Santoro|
|3d Visualization:||Artefactory Lab Paris|
The project is the brainchild of a multipurpose facility that can be used not only for sporting activities but also for other activities.
Whilst the Sports Arena was founded
primarily for sporting events, with
particular emphasis on international
sporting events for athletes with
disabilities, to satisfy the principle of
flexibility we have adopted a fluid,
asymmetrical form, which is suitable for
concerts and conferences for both sound
and visibility, and which creates access
for artists and participants.
The form of the building is shaped and smoothed by the sea and by the winds like a “stone” - it is just a metaphor that allows us to find elements and references to the natural surroundings.
The roof is raised on the surrounding embankment, looping around the tribunes, in order to optimize the emergency exits and the rapid evacuation of spectators after the event. With an outer skin made of thin steel elements and pressured air cushions with a triple translucent membrane in ETFE, the appearance of the roof is constantly changing under the influence of day or artificial light. This solution maximizes natural light, reduces heat gains during summer months and heat losses in winter and thereby overall energy consumption.