LUPI SPORT CENTER: a volleyball hall sustainable refurbishment in Santa Croce sull'Arno

by Giovanni di Benedetto from University of Florence, Italy
Tutored by: Prof. Maria De Santis, Prof. Giacomo Tempesta, Arch. Guido Quirici

Author comments:

This graduation thesis represents the end of a personal growth path experienced on two fronts: university studies and volleyball player career. Through the direct experience of many sports facilities typologies, from the school gyms to the sports halls, it was my prerogative to face the issue of acting on an existing sports hall to integrate it in a sustainable social, economic and environmental context.
Santa Croce sull’Arno volleyball hall reveals same critical issues as most of sports facilities do: maintenance issues, high costs of technical systems, deficient energy performance and lack of energy-saving active/passive systems.
After an in-depth analysis of the existing volleyball hall integrated in its urban context, and of some leading european sports facilities, I’ve formulated a redevelopment proposal which aim is to fix the environmental existing issues and create a long-term sustainability adding new collaborating activities. The formal design mean to make the new Sport Center a real landmark.

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