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Sports Club Building Hönggerberg, Zürich

TYPE: Competition | SECTOR: Public, Sport | AREA: 1'980 m2 | LOCATION: Zürich, Switzerland
TEAM: CROPKA architects | BuroHappold Engineering

Worn-out existing facilities of the Football Club Höngg have been calling for replacement for a number of years. CROPKA architects responded to the task by planning an understated, yet elegant and highly functional sports facility.

The exterior is clad with a characteristic timber cladding, which through a process of pressurized impregnation, gained a unique blue tint. Warm and natural wood colour has been retained under the overhang marking main entrance to the building. Sliding metal shading panels have been perforated with a dynamic pattern giving the façade its unique look and granting a good control of the glare and solar heat gain. These can be closed or opened on demand, giving privacy to the athletes utilizing changing rooms. 

Building's layout is clearly divided between public zone comprising of a large café with an external area overlooking football pitch, and sports facilities encompassing changing rooms, storage and offices of referees. Minimized circulation space with just a single staircase helps to optimize use of floor plates and shortens access routes within the building. All technical installations have been moved to lower ground floor, hidden away from eyes of visitors, yet fully accessible from an existing cul-de-sac at the back of the site. 

The building has been planned according to Minergie-P energy standard and uses a variety of sustainable technologies. It obtains heat from a ground source heat pump, utilizes a heat recovery system, stores heat in a large central water tank and generates a large proportion of required electric energy from roof mounted photovoltaic panels. In addition an automatized system of shading panels and a large retractable shade over the café’s terrace reduce solar heat gain. 



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