Municipal Sports Centre


“An original solution to the expansion of an existing sports complex. The striking shell roofs provide memorable and characterful spaces full of daylight.” Deyan Sudjic

An elegant time machine

— Pieter T’Jonck

‘SportinGenk’ is sensational. The sports campus is located in a clearing in a wooded area. When you drive onto the grounds, you discover the complex all at once: two bright white buildings rising proudly above the parking lot below. Ringed by an immaculate lawn, with a dense wood in the background, it brings to mind a Fata Morgana of the 1960s: buildings as bold and uninhibited sculptural gestures. Monuments for a new age. After this first rush, you realize that only one of the two buildings does indeed date from that time – well, from 1975. The other, a design by Bel Architecten, only came to stand beside it in 2018. In doing so it saved the older building. Heritage conservation does not always have to be drab.

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  • Renovation and expansion of the municipal sports centre

  • Genk, Belgium

  • Sports infrastructure

  • Open Call (Team Flemish Government Architect)

  • City of Genk

  • 30/08/2018

  • 8700 m²

  • 14 430 985,52 €

  • Bel Architecten + Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Ney & Partners

  • Studiebureel Heedfeld

  • Daidalos-Peutz

  • Daidalos-Peutz

  • FPC

  • Cordeel

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