New York and Dubai-based RAW-NYC Architects have just unveiled plans for the sustainable and incredibly high-tech Aspire Indoor Soccer Complex in Qatar. Although the LEED certification-seeking project will utilize state-of-the-art technology, the design inspiration stems from a nature-based vision, mirroring the interwoven nature of thick tree branches and roots.
The sports complex will house two soccer fields, reception area, administration offices, a café, viewing galleries, sports store, private entertainment space, and locker rooms for players. The tree-inspired design concept sees all of these volumes representing parts of the tree, interweaving the roots of the tree and the extending its branches from the exterior throughout the interior space and roof.
The design objective was to create an inviting world of different indoor functions within an enclosed yet lush green environment. The interwoven branch-like roof allows abundant light to filter throughout the interior, simulating the feeling of lying underneath a shade tree. According to the architect, the design allows for optimal socializing among serious sports fans, “The building supports the theme of an outdoor communal environment evoking the sense of playing outdoors within the structure or sitting underneath the comforting shade of a large tree talking about life and sports.”
In addition to providing a beautiful indoor setting for soccer players and fans, the project will also implement numerous landscaping strategies aimed at enhancing a healthy indoor environment and air quality. As for LEED certification criteria, the design calls for passive technology techniques such as evaporative cooling to chill the indoor air. Additionally, the exterior branches of the building will act as a solar skin, referred to as Solar Ivy, to save on the building’s energy needs.
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