This project is all about color & sport!
Neumatt is a 2,300sq meter, 3-pitch sports hall created by award-winning Swiss architecture and design studio Evolution Design, situated in Strengelbach, a village some 38miles outside of Zurich; the building is designed to meet international sporting standards, but is far from simply functional.
“When you walk into the Neumatt sports center, the first thing you notice is its energy and vibrancy. It comes not just from the children playing basketball in a space that’s flooded by natural light, but also from the bright green floor and walls, which lead to large windows that reflect the blue of the sky and the colorful doors of the change rooms, painted in rainbow-like shades of yellow, red, orange and blue.” as said by Evolution Design.
Color is key to the effectiveness of this design. Children are the center’s biggest users and the studio takes this into account by using color both decoratively and as a navigation device. Natural light also plays an important role. The glazed upper level delivers ample light and, because of its scale, a real sense of being part of the outdoors. The building itself is very simple in both construction and materials in order to meet a key component of the brief: the center was commissioned by the local municipality of Strengelbach and cost efficiency was a key consideration. The façade has been designed to blend in, with an upper glazed level that reflects the sky and changes the color depending on the time of day. Ecological considerations were important, too. The upper floor uses a special capillary glass that maximizes thermal insulation, but also delivers optimum natural light and minimizes glare, ensuring that artificial light is rarely needed. There is no air-conditioning, instead a geothermal heat pump, which uses naturally existing heat from below ground to heat the building in winter and cool it in summer.
A sports center like this – light, bright, welcoming and enjoyable right down to its lively, vibrant color scheme – is almost better than playing outdoors.