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Polideportivo Valvanera

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Sancho - Madridejos Architecture Office
 
location San Sebastián de los Reyes
function sport
contributed by davidb

It would be easy to miss this sports centre, sitting in the heart of this Madrid suburb. The composition is bipartite. The first part is a two-storey block sitting parallel to the street. Looking ahead upon entering, one notices a window into a simple narrow court, which separates the entrance volume from the indoor hall. To the right is the booking desk. Turning round a double height space is evident. This space is split by a diagonal wall along which lies a stepped ramp, taking spectators to the first floor accommodation. At the top of the ramp, one turns right and pauses, again to look to the right - into the court. Players also follow a similar route to the observers but stay on the ground floor. The changing facilities are located under the viewing gallery. The main hall is 45m x 38m and 7.5m high. It is lit by two opposing banks of clerestory windows. As one would expect from SMAO, this is a simple yet highly thought out scheme that far exceeds the expectations of the brief.

 

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Polideportivo Valvanera
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Avenida de la Sierra
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