Space for Sport – A study of the relation between sports and architecture

by Magnus Høyem from Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
Tutored by: Beate Marie Hølmebakk, Jan Olav Jensen

Author comments:

The starting point for my diploma was a link I saw between sports and architecture. They are to very different things but they share some themes that are important in the understanding of them. The most important themes in developing the projects have been; rules, use of space, the human, delimitation and time. My understanding of the sports and my understanding of architecture in light of these themes is what has generated the projects.

I have made architecture on the sports terms. As a result of that the spectator aspect has not been important since that is not a requirement by the sport. The athletes and the referees are the only people the sport needs in order to be exercised.

The three sports I chose are diving, fencing and ice hockey. I chose three sports that are different in their relation to the themes mentioned. The most significant differences relates to use of space. Diving is vertical, fencing is on a horizontal line, ice hockey is on a larger surface. They are also different in how they relate to the human. Whether it is an individual sport or a team sport, and whether the athletes compete alone, one on one or team vs team. And they relate to objects and time in different ways.

The projects were developed in fictional landscapes. The open and flat landscape for diving, the valley for fencing and the island for ice hockey. The character and qualities of the landscapes were important when I in the end found three specific sites. As the project developed I wanted the buildings to meet the reality of a site.

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