CHYBIK+KRISTOF wins contest for Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic

CHYBIK+KRISTOF will convert an existing sporting arena into a multifunctional complex that brings sports, culture and social venues together in Jihlava city in Czech Republic.

by STIRworld Published on : Jul 08, 2020

Czech architecture and urban design studio CHYBIK + KRISTOF has emerged as the winners of a public competition to complete the construction of the upcoming Jihlava Multipurpose Arena - one of the largest sports and leisure complexes in the Czech Republic. The construction, scheduled to commence in 2021, will revisit the existing structure of the building originally built as a sports arena hosting regional hockey clubs.

Drawing showing distinct building volumes | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
Drawing showing distinct building volumes Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers

The rebuild will focus on the expansion of the deteriorating stadium into a four-storey mixed-use sports facility. As overtly implied by its name, the Jihlava Multipurpose Arena is conceived to be a versatile space bringing together legion of activities including an ice rink, running track, gym, sports academy as well as hospitality establishments and shops. Programmatically planned to entertain both regional sporting and cultural events, the architects reimagine the space as a sociocultural “urban campus” capable of accommodating over 5000 spectators.

Perspective section showing CHYBIK + KRISTOF’S vision for the project | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
Perspective section showing CHYBIK + KRISTOF’S vision for the project Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers

Located on the periphery of Jihlava’s historical core, the four building multipurpose stadium accommodates public spaces throughout, intended to facilitate integration within the constructed landscape. Rather than disrupting the existing structure, the arena serves to function as a transparent interlocutor facilitating dialogue and fluidity between seemingly distinct spaces. Designing an architecture that is fluid and permeable by virtue of design, CHYBIK+KRISTOF hopes to promote interaction among the users thereby revitalising this long neglected area of the city.

  • Site plan locating buildings | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
    Site plan locating buildings Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers
  • Fluid spaces fostering interaction| Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
    Fluid spaces fostering interaction Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers

The design of the new structure uses open air walkways and verdant spaces to link the four distinct building volumes, two of which already exist. While the current condition of the rectangular stadium has necessitated a complete remodelling, the sports academy remains as is – being pivotal to the history of the site. Both buildings will, however, undergo restoration to ensure better assimilation within the overall building organisation and aesthetic the architects intend to adopt.

Drawing demonstrating how walkways would connect the buildings | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
Drawing demonstrating how walkways would connect the buildings Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers

The four complementary buildings are consistent with a red metal grid façade formed by patterns of apposed triangles referencing the city’s Baltic origins. The spacious new oval arena stands out in the centre of the complex, exhibiting CHYBIK+KRISTOF’s vision of a truly versatile building - both in terms of flexibility and programme. Serving at once as a hockey rink, exhibitions and events hall, and concert venue complimented by an indoor gym, the oval arena attracts various audiences. Its roof functions as an outdoor athletic track and viewing point, allowing users to appreciate the surrounding cityscape.

  • Triangular façade of buildings | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
    Triangular façade of buildings Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers
  • Drawing illustrating programmatic overview | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
    Drawing illustrating programmatic overview Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers
  • The oval arena | Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Czech Republic by CHYBIK + KRISTOF | STIRworld
    The oval arena Image Credit: Courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers

Adjacent to it is the hospitality building that brings together a number of services including a restaurant, hotel, gym and office space. Strategically placed at an intersection adjacent to the oval arena, the building provides visitors with an overview into the environment from the street itself, thereby allowing easy navigation to the desired locations. “Talking about the significance of the project, founding architects Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof say, “The arena is a social campus for the city – used by the people, thereby designed for the people”.

Project Details

Name:  Jihlava Multipurpose Arena
Location: City of Jihlava
Project team: Jiří Richter; Luděk Šimoník, Kryštof Foltýn, Martin Holý, Denisa Annová, Ondřej Mičuda, Urszula Sedziak, Tomáš Wojtek
Completion date: 2023

(Text by Saamia Makharia, an intern at stirworld.com)

Comments

Comments Added Successfully!

About Author

Recommended

LOAD MORE
see more articles
1476,1446,1363,1437,1367

Keep it stirring

get regular updates SIGN UP

Collaborate with us

This site uses cookies to offer you an improved and personalised experience. If you continue to browse, we will assume your consent for the same.
LEARN MORE AGREE