Architect: Thorup Gruppen
Year of construction: 2010
Client: Kibæk Krydsfelt
Ceiling panels: Troldtekt
Colour: Natural wood
Text: Christopher Sykes, architect
The architects behind the Kibæk Sports Hall have connected the old sports hall with the new and created a modern and open environment. The starting point is a new main entrance and café from which visitors can easily find their way to the many different activities on offer. Architect Rune Bay from Thorup Gruppen calls it “The new town square”.
Kibæk Krydsfelt Sports Centre
In addition to the existing sports hall, meeting rooms, a large fitness room and a smaller gym for practicing yoga or gymnastics have been built. From the square by the entrance, you can enter the new hall which can be divided into several sections or can be used for large events. Everywhere in the building, the atmosphere is light, open and transparent. As in any sports hall, sound absorption is always very important and here the Troldtekt ceilings produce exceptional good acoustics. The panels are also carried through on the ceilings at different floor levels and in the various function rooms.
The appearance of the building is very strong with its large facade and pleated roof. All this contributes space within and gives it an almost sculptural expression. Rune Bay explains that the “pleats” are functional part of the architecture:
“The existing building and the new are connected by the pleats but we also knew that the broken surfaces on the walls and ceilings would break up the sounds within.”
The large “facade pleats” also open up the building and ensure that plenty of light is free to flow into the hall and entrance area. In the evening, you can look through the windows and see everything that is going on inside. In this way, the sports hall functions as a new and very visible meeting place for the town.