The new gym building connects the training grounds with the main building, re-organizing the outdoor spaces, and introducing a new architectural language.
The gym is now the focus of the site, all of the athletes will interact with the gym as they make their way to the training pitches. The fluidity of the design inside the gym, and the careful definition of the openings, allows athletes a continuous dialogue with the outside space.
The choice of wood construction is dictated by the limited build time (June and July, between football seasons) and the conceptual approach: the gym as a hybrid space between inside and outside. The project could be considered as a landscape architecture. The system of construction allows views of the entire wooden structure. All the components used are already finished, they have ‘material honesty’ without compromise.
To the south the gym is a completed building. To the north, to the training pitches, a series of wooden scenes ‘blurs’ the perception of the building. The transition between the gym and the outdoor space is no longer so clear. New bamboo and pre-existing trees merge in front of and behind the scenes, and are reflected in the bronzed skin of the building. The metal cladding of the building, slabs of brass, gives the ‘skin’ an aura which reflects and amplifies the landscape.