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MONTECARMELO SPORTS & FITNESS CENTRE

Madrid, Spain 2003-2009

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MONTECARMELO SPORTS & FITNESS CENTRE

Madrid, Spain 2003-2009

As a rare exception to the predominantly uniform, repetitive sites that derive from the urban models being developed in Madrid’s new suburbs, the municipal land set aside for sports usage in this competition had a striking topography and location which had to define the strategy for our project. This 4.5 Ha site is on a steep slope descending northwards, looking out towards the mountain ranges outside Madrid, bounded to the south by a railway line, which forced us to tackle the large sports programme on both a landscape and an urban scale. This implied the need to seek a strategy that would be capable of conjugating the construction of a large number of indoor facilities with the definition of a public space; a city park where sport will be played. The initial act of carving the earth into a series of terraced platforms enables the site’s natural slope of almost 10 m from end to generate the rule that every operation will be based on.
A tennis and racket sports centre cohabits with a large gymnasium and a thermal area, as well as another series of facilities: outdoor pool, service buildings and car parks. The terraces, in the manner of horizontal strata, create a sequence in which the various N-S tracks alternate their positions in accordance with their features (outdoor, indoor, sliding roof). The handball and competition courts are set at SW corner of the site and mark the main entrance to the area set aside for racket sports. As combinatory series, the tennis courts are either outdoors or covered using lightweight structures, and perforated metal plates that feed light and may be used as backing for advertising during competitions.
The gymnasium, the most striking building due to its volume, is at the lowest level on the site. It can have independent access from the avenue running along the north perimeter. The stratified large-scale concept of the proposal is also transmitted to the building itself, which arises out the three horizontally stacked spaces: the lower zone for the pools and the hydrothermal areas, the intermediate zone for changing rooms, equipment and physiotherapy, and the upper zone fully occupied by the gymnasium areas. This decision is projected naturally onto the project structures, in which a mezzanine floor defined by large-format girders holds service facilities (changing rooms and equipment, using the large span to free up the lower floor for the pools and the upper floor for the gymnastics halls.
 
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MONTECARMELO SPORTS & FITNESS CENTRE

Madrid, Spain 2003-2009

Location   
Madrid, Spain
Client
Municipality of Madrid
Property
Bloisdilan, S.L.
Architects
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Program
Sports and fitness centre
Total floor area
44.000 m2
Project architects
Stephen Belton, Patricia Grande
Project team
Vanesa Manrique, Nina Nolting, Juan Carlos Redondo, Sebastian Sasse, Olaf Syrbe
Miguel Ubarrechena
Site supervision
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Miguel Mesas Izquierdo
Alberto Cano González
Structural engineer
N.B.35, S.L.
Mechanical engineer
Geasyt, S.A.
Models
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Juan de Dios Hernández - Jesús Rey
Photographs
Aurofoto, S.L. (models)
Roland Halbe    
Fernando Alda 
Project dates
Competition: 2003
Design: 2006
Completion: 2009
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MONTECARMELO SPORTS & FITNESS CENTRE

Madrid, Spain 2003-2009

Monograph TC CUADERNOS nº 131/132. 2017
Published by General de Ediciones de Arquitectura. Valencia, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-947421-4-9 
Page: 110 – 125
 
Book ARQUITECTURA EN MADRID. 2014
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Work Systems / Sistemas de trabajo
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ISSN: 0212-5633
Article: The Intermittent Project (Fiction and Invention)
Page: 266 – 301
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MONTECARMELO SPORTS & FITNESS CENTRE

Madrid, Spain 2003-2009