Helmond names architects for De Braak sports campus


Helmond NL - De Braak Image: MoederscheimMoonen / FaulknerBrowns / CULD

The Municipality of Helmond in the Netherlands and the association of secondary schools, Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs, have announced the architects that will design a multifunctional sports facility and outdoor activity area to form part of the De Braak Campus, following a European tender procedure, according to media reports.

A consortium of architects including MoederscheimMoonen Architects, FaulknerBrowns Architects and CULD, has been chosen for their distinctive design vision, in which buildings and surrounding landscape merge into one instantly recognizable and green icon.

De Braak Campus in Helmond is a vibrant sports, education and health park in the heart of the city, being realized by the Municipality of Helmond, Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs (OMO), Helmond Sport, local amateur football clubs and a national physiotherapy practice.

The proposed multifunctional facility will include a stadium to be used as the home ground for Helmond Sport, school buildings for the education providers, a competition standard sports hall, gymnasiums, and a variety of other multifunctional spaces.

The landscape design of the campus forms an important part of the assignment. In addition to the planned sports pitches, there will be space for individual sports and leisure activities, parking, and a school playground.

The architectural team said in a statement that it envisages the building as a striking icon, integrated within the surrounding park area. On both long sides of the stadium, there will be a cluster of different features. These combined features will reinforce each other, but there is also plenty of opportunity for each organization to express their own identity.

On one side, there will be a cluster comprising a school, spaces and the main grandstand for Helmond Sports, and the physiotherapy practice. On the other side there will be a sports hall and amateur football facilities. This creates a building with two ‘faces’, an expressive building that is attractive and lively on all sides.

The architectural team has proposed making the campus as green as possible around the multifunctional sports facilities. It is important to have a great deal of greenery in view of climate change and heat stress. This will enable the landscape to better absorb heavy downpours or long periods of heat or drought. This is why the building is integrated into the green landscape. The campus is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

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