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Game Streetmekka Esbjerg

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Throughout recent years skateboarding has evolved into one of the fastest growing sport in the western world - way ahead of any other leisure or sports activity. However the former underground sport does not fit into any of the existing conventional sport facilities catering to the organized club-sports. How can we create a new type of facility that can support and embrace the new wave of emerging unorganized street activities?

This project combines historical preservation with new raw industrial halls and street sports in a modern cultural and social hybrid of the historic roundhouse train depot.

Rather than erasing the history of the site we propose to rebuild and reinterpret an entire abandoned train depot. We restore existing buildings and add new durable and low-tech industrial halls naturally fitting the historical development and raw pragmatics of the train depot with the aesthetics of street culture.

 

PROJECT DATA


Project name

Game Streetmekka Esbjerg


Typology

Sports, Residential


Location

Esbjerg, DK


Year

2016


Status

Completed


Size

2.800 m2


Client

Municipality of Esbjerg, Realdania, Tryg-Fonden, Nordea-Fonden


Collaborators

Luke Jouppi, MASU, Rambøll, VestByg


Design team

Tue Hesselberg Foged, Sinus Lynge, Mikkel Bøgh, Christoffer Gotfredsen, Ulrik Mathiasson, Gorka Calzada Medina, Filipa Pita, Evgeny Markachev, Yulia Kozlova, Karl-Magnus Boasson, Barbora Jandova, Ewa Kurlanc, Saskia Wolf


 

CONTEXT

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HERITAGE

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The train depot has a central and well-connected location in the city. It is one of the city's oldest buildings but is now abandoned. With most buildings torn down the site appears only as a memory of the 20th century’s industrial heritage.

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We propose to rebuild the site with new street sport facilities continuing the historical and pragmatic development of the roundhouse train depot. The distinct circular layout connects new and old and revitalizes the existing halls, turntable and tracks in a new hybrid of industrial architecture and street culture. 

 
 

PROGRAM & CONCEPT

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StreetMekka is organized into five multifunctional Mekka’s. Concrete, Asphalt, Brick, Lounge and Dance Mekka. They lie side by side in the distinct circular layout of the historic train depot connecting new and old halls around the central turntable. Together the new and old halls form a central outdoor street sport arena and social space transforming the old turntable into an amphitheater. 

 
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The Central Plaza

 
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The Five multifunctional Mekka’s, Brick, Lounge, Dance, Asphalt and Concrete Mekka, surround and face the central turntable, forming a central outdoor street sport arena and social space at the heart of the facility.

 

The "Mekkas"

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Brick Mekka

 
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Lounge Mekka

 
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Dance Mekka

 
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Asphalt Mekka

 
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Concrete Mekka

 
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       Intuitive Wayfinding                                                  Efficient Layout                                                  Temperature Zones

 

Elevations

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Sections

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Unrolled Elevation and Section

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"The enclosed street sport plaza and large outdoor social space is a cool and dynamic space for interaction - young people will love it and come back. The change in social needs and trends which is heightened within this particular design, especially for a younger audience."

- Marta Pozo, Director at MVRDV and WAF Awards jury member