Light Box Gymnasium at Falkonergården High School by WE_Architecture

Lightbox Gymnasium at Falkonergården High School by WE_Architecture

Lightbox Gymnasium at Falkonergården High School by WE_Architecture

Lightbox Gymnasium at Falkonergården High School by WE_Architecture

Lightbox Gymnasium at Falkonergården High School by WE_Architecture

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I wouldn’t consider myself a big sports fan, though I do occasionally enjoy going to watch a basketball game, which is a part of the reason why I like this gymnasium extension by WE_Architecture. Their goal was to create an improved gym facility as well as creating a larger assembly hall. But most gymnasiums are massive structures (see the Birds Nest) so in order to save space they’ve implanted the gym halfway underground and put a giant skylight on the top of it, making the space look beautiful in the process. By submerging the gym it becomes level with the surrounding buildings instead of dominating them.

I also like that they’ve rethought the idea of what a gym could be, especially when it comes to seating. Instead of having descending rows of seating they’ve created a curvy observation area which would allow for people to roam around an be social during the game rather than feeling stuck in a crowd. Really wonderful job.

Found through designboom

Bobby

3 Comments Light Box Gymnasium at Falkonergården High School by WE_Architecture

  1. angie April 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    this idea is really neat.

  2. Nilas April 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Lol, I’ve played a few basketball games at the old one. Funny to see so much danish stuff on this site. And great idea for the new one, looks cool.

    @Bobby You should check out this gym: http://www.cphx.dk/index.php?id=30385#/30385/. I live right next to it, it is in copenhagen as well.

  3. Nat@ dear little house April 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    I love the idea of being able to watch from above, gives a totally different viewpoint!

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