Tūrama, Kristin School Sports Hall

Architect
Collingridge And Smith Architects
Location
Albany, Auckland, New Zealand | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Nurseries

Tūrama, Kristin School Sports Hall, Albany

Collingridge And Smith Architects as Architects

Tūrama, meaning ‘enlightenment’ or ‘to illuminate’, designed for Kristin School, is a beautiful multipurpose indoor sports facility.

photo_credit Mark Scowen
Mark Scowen

The brief from the client was simple, design a sports hall that is not a sports hall! Having used PVC canopies to cover other sports courts, the school did not want to replicate them again due to issues of wind, water ingress, noise and condensation. But the budget was not high enough for a sports hall – hence the brief.

photo_credit Mark Scowen
Mark Scowen

To resolve the issue, we proposed a beautiful lightbox made from lightweight materials that would let in natural daylight, stop wind, rain and condensation and absorb noise using acoustic lining.

photo_credit Mark Scowen
Mark Scowen

The structure is designed to withstand water both inside and out – it is waterproof, not watertight and therefore does not have the cost of a sports hall but has all the functionality of one.

photo_credit Mark Scowen
Mark Scowen

Internally the design offers an unhindered space of 37m x 53m x 11m high and can be used for multiple indoor sports. It also has further advantages over fabric structures in that it is weatherproof and can therefore be used for functions as well as sports events – giving the school a flexible facility.

photo_credit Mark Scowen
Mark Scowen
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