Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

The WIN4 Sports Centre in Winterthur is located beside the existing Deutweg ice arena. Catering for both mass and top-level sport, this new project is intended to have an impact far beyond the city of Winterthur. On this account a kind of architecture was aimed for that translates these national and international ambitions into a memorable architectural language. Three distinctively different building volumes form an ensemble and define a shared outdoor space.

The first phase consists of a new building for a ball sports arena with an adjoining campus building. In the second phase the Sports Wing 2 offering other sports-related functions is to follow. These three buildings are to be connected by a central covered foyer area. The strategy of using three independent buildings allows a clear urban statement to be made already during the first stage. With the erection of Sports Wing 2 in the second project phase the central circulation space will be clearly defined in spatial terms. A smaller, multi-function training hall augments the ensemble, while a six-part gym hall is intended to complement the sports cluster in the future.

The large ball sports arena, which swivels outwards to the south, is the new home for the handball players from Pfadi Winterthur, the Uni hockey association and other Winterthur sports associations. The heart of the arena is a central pitch, surrounded by raised spectator stands that provide space for up to 2000 spectators. All the necessary ancillary spaces such as changing rooms, press rooms etc. are accommodated at entrance level. Staircases positioned at the sides bring visitors up to the first-floor level. There, from the generously dimensioned surrounding circulation terrace, they can access the stands, numerous refreshment areas, the VIP enclosure, and the sanitary facilities. An underground garage in the basement of the ball sports arena offers 125 parking spaces.

The neighbouring five-storey campus building houses a variety of sport functions, all of which are reached from a centrally placed staircase. Sports medicine, fitness with integrated wellness facility and a sports school with classrooms augment the functions of the sports cluster. The multi-functional training hall is a ‘decorated shed’ that relates visually to the buildings of the first phase in the north, while at the same time taking account of the existing district centre to the south.

The outdoor spaces around the new sports centre consist of an arrivals area with an urban character, a landscaped district park, and the large lawns of the sports pitches. With its public pathways the new sports park has an additional value for the neighbouring residential districts as a place to spend leisure time.

Design Team:

EM2N: Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli
Asssociate: Bernd Druffel
Project leaders: Melih Dilsiz, Dorothee Burkert, Martin Zisterer, Roger Küng
Project team: Jan Francisco Anduaga, Jennifer Bottlang (Model making), Patrick Britt, Dario Bruhin, Béatrice Bruneaux, Santiago Catanzano, Yann Junod, Marina Esguerra, Ian Omumbwa, Laura Probst, Jonas Rindlisbacher (Model making), Sandra Šimić, Tomoko Suzuki and Kenneth Woods

Specialist planners:
Construction management / construction realisation: BW Generalbau AG
Civil engineer: Dr. Deuring + Oehninger AG
Planning heating / ventilation / air-conditioning / cooling technology and sanitary
services: 3-Plan Haustechnik AG
Electrical engineer: Marquart Elektroplanung + Beratung, Buchs SG
Building physics, acoustics: Zehnder & Kälin AG
Fire protection: 3-Plan Haustechnik AG
Geologist / Geotechnical engineer: Dr. Heinrich Jäckli AG
Traffic planning: ewp AG
Landscape architecture: Balliana Schubert Landschaftsarchitekten AG
Signage: Pikka GmbH

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

Photographer: © Roger Frei

WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls ×

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WIN4 Sports Centre by EM2N | Sports halls

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