The Sports Hall design and the project documentation on all stages had to be worked out in a very short period of time and, moreover, there were many changes to be incorporated in the project. Some of the changes were initiated by the investor, other changes were caused by the increasing pressure on the project budget control. The basic structural concept of the Sports Hall was predetermined by the budget constraint along with the limited area for the structure itself. Choosing a modest structural design and simple architectural means of expression appeared to be a must. The basic idea of the design is the numeral motif because numbers can be considered as symbols of sports played in a hall. The numbers are connected with the large windows and their positions on the façade. The architectural design as part of the documentation for the general planning proceedings contained the numbers to be displayed on the façade along with the standard large windows. In the following stages of the documentation, it was necessary to modify the layout of the hall slightly which would have resulted in changed basic positions of the windows. As the change would have affected the original architectural design, I turned the requirements for the change in the design to my advantage and I incorporated a new visual plan into the architectural concept of the structure. The basic design was extended by non-transparent coloured panels in the places where (according to the new layout) the original location of the windows proved to be unsuitable. The panels had no ties to any changes in the layout or to any operational requirements which means that the original composition did not have to be changed. The final appearance of the exterior of the hall is a result of combination of two successive stages of the architectural design. The façade can be considered as a kind of a time-lapse document showing the course of the work on the architectural design of the hall. The front of the Sports Hall was not designed accidentally by making a sketch of it on a piece of paper or by testing or examining individual options on a computer screen or by a trial-and-error method. Besides the external appearance of the building, the layout of the interiors is no less important. The layout consists of two bays. A unified, multi-purpose bay divided into individual sports sections and a small three-storey bay with operational rooms. The structure itself consists of individual operational units of the same design but in different colours. The sports section forms the basic and the most important part of the hall. Its smaller part - the operational rooms or spaces - consist of the following operational units: Entrance unit for sportsmen and spectators (red), sanitary unit for spectators (light red), corridors for sportsmen (yellow), dressing rooms for sportsmen (orange), and muscle-conditioning gym with a fitness centre (blue) and utility rooms. Individual units, owing to their unified design, resemble a simple three-dimensional construction kit, clearly visible through the windows of the hall when looking from the outside. The operational spaces are in colours including the respective furniture. On the other hand, the interior of the actual Sports Hall is neutral – white and grey. The only coloured element there is the playing floor. The layout of the building is very simple. Immediately behind the entrance door is a vestibule with a reception desk. The staircase from the vestibule leads to the 1st and 2nd floors. On the 2nd floor, there is a spectators' gallery with tables for refreshments and sportsmen's changing rooms. The separately operated fitness centre and the muscle-conditioning gym as well as the rooms for heating, ventilation & air conditioning devices are found on the 3rd floor. There is also a direct corridor between the vestibule and the gymnasium. From the corridor, toilets for the disabled are accessible. The other and the main entrance to the hall is from the second staircase from the sportsmen's changing rooms. The size of the versatile playing field (playing floor) in the sports section is 22 by 45 metres and can flexibly be modified to accommodate various kinds of sports. The Sports Hall is located at the end of the sports facility area in the village. The individual façades on the building contain only a limited number of randomly located windows. By day, the playing field is naturally illuminated through skylight panels. The west frontage of the building facing the centre of the village is provided with smaller windows. Their arrangement visually distinguishes the utility or operational bay of the building with smaller rooms from the large gymnasium hall and, at the same time, it optically connects the Sports Hall with the buildings in the centre of the village.
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