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Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 18, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Green Building | 2 Comments

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Image ©Julian Abrams
Image ©Julian Abrams

Due to the project’s tight turnaround time, RUFproject decided to forgo incorporating more complicated green strategies and instead focused on more basic principles, like sun shading [1], natural ventilation, and reduced energy loads. The rectangular, three-story building is constructed out of steel and features a double-walled air cavity covered with locally-sourced sandstone that acts as a rain screen. It is oriented to the east and west to take advantage of the northern solar aspect.

A locally-sourced South African timber louver structure suspended from the steel acts as a sun screen on the east, north and west facades, protecting the building from solar heat gain. The building is cantilevered over the edges of the two main fields, creating a shady area that keeps the the gym, kitchen and trial areas cool.

soweto, football training centre, south africa, rufproject, solar passive design, wooden louversImage ©Julian Abrams

As the Johannesburg area is prone to power outages, RUFproject wanted to ensure that the building could weather the outages and still maintain relatively constant temperatures. An energy-efficient water-based cooling system with air circulation keeps most of the building within a reasonable temperature range, while offices make use of small AC units when it more cooling is necessary.

The building’s lighting systems make use of energy-efficient fixtures, like metal halide fluorescents and LEDs. A solar hot water system on the roof provides plenty of hot water for the athletes in the locker rooms. Additionally, approximately 30 tons of recycled rubber tires [2] were used to create the surface for the tunnel, gym and the cushioning and infill for the artificial turf fields.

+ RUFproject [3]

Via Dezeen [4]

Images ©Julian Abrams & Allan James Lipp courtesy of RUFproject

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URLs in this post:

[1] sun shading: http://inhabitat.com/elegant-stadium-in-casablanca-to-be-built-in-an-abandoned-quarry/

[2] recycled rubber tires: http://inhabitat.com/vancouver-soccer-field-made-with-22000-recycled-tires/

[3] + RUFproject: http://www.rufproject.com/

[4] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2011/01/06/football-training-centre-soweto-by-rufproject/

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