MVRDV just got the go ahead to start construction on The Couch, a new club house for the IJburg Tennisclub. Inside, club members have access to event space, locker rooms and a kitchen, while the roof doubles as a viewing platform of the surrounding tennis courts and adjacent IJ Lake. MVRDV has designed the multi-purpose center to be super energy efficient through a combined use of a high performance envelope, smart orientation, daylighting and natural ventilation.
With limited space on the artificial island of IJburg, the tennisclub had to be smart about their new club house. Working with a tight footprint, MVRDV designed a multi-purpose center that would provide the club with the functional indoor space they needed along with a rooftop viewing platform that could look out at all 10 courts. The long volume will contain space for dressing rooms, a kitchen, storage and toilets along with an open area that can be used for the club’s many events and parties. The roof then dips down to the ground on the south side with steps that double as seating for up to 200 people and two flat platforms on either side.
MVRDV, who partnered with architecture firm Studio Bouwkunde and structural engineer ABT, also placed a strong focus on energy efficient design. The structure is oriented to the east and west, with reduced glass on the south side to aid in cooling and more glass on the north for daylighting and views. Built from concrete and FSC-certified wood, the building is sealed with a weather-proof epdm polymer hotspray in the same color and texture as the clay tennis courts. A district heating system provides heat in the winter, which is also aided by thermal mass and solar passive design. In the summer, natural ventilation provides all the necessary cooling.
Construction is expected to begin soon on The Couch completion is slated for the summer of 2014.