After flooding had inflicted severe damage the new recreational park of the City of Freilassing intends to provide an attractive option for leisure activities as well as new facilities for the sports offerings of the schools and sports clubs of the City of Freilassing. They include an indoor swimming pool, a triple-size gym and a separate area with outdoor sports facilities as well as two staff apartments.
Landscape elements and differently sized building volumes are the key characteristics of this site. A sharply defined edge along the slope marks the transition between the residential buildings and the floodplains along the river bed below, providing magnificent views across the sports facilities to the Alpine backdrop which is not far away.
The design concept emphasizes these particular qualities. Rather than putting up oversized buildings with fronts and backs, it strives to create a built landscape which naturally interlinks with the existing network of walkways and plays with the topographical features and special sightlines. The underlying idea is not so much that of a building, but rather of interconnected spatial structures which would provide a context for different functions to develop freely.
The outdoor sports facilities take their references from the architecture and the surrounding city and landscape. Whereas the new indoor swimming pool with views to the Alps opens out towards the sun and the south, the gym is arranged along the long side of the large sports field, accompanying the path along the slope edge. These areas are like stones in the water, with the green roofs of the single-storey structures washing around them. The result will be a special sports landscape providing scope for different moods and experiences of space, with areas which are clearly dedicated to specific functions and give good orientation. In terms of its purpose, exterior, aesthetics and ecological qualities it will be tailor-made.
A forward-looking concept will be implemented for the new ensemble of swimming and sports facilities, to minimize energy consumption and utilize renewables in keeping with a sustainable and holistic approach. Optimized designs for the buildings and their services are the prerequisite for minimized primary energy usage and lower costs of operation.
Behnisch Architekten, München
Laufener Straße 22
2014, 3rd prize