Luxembourg to get its first Velodrome

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A Luxembourg and Netherlands based architecture firm Metaform and Mecanoo have won the international competition to design the first velodrome and sports complex in Mondorf-les-baines, Luxembourg, according to media reports. The design of the velodrome, multi-sports and swimming pool complex is inspired by the undulation topography that marks its surroundings.

The €65-million budget project will have 9,000 square metre velodrome, 2,200 square metre multi-purpose hall and 3,200 square metre aqua centre area with the overall usable area being 22,000 square metre, e-architect website reported.

The challenge faced by the designers was to integrate all the three functions under one roof as well as create an architectural landmark for the city keeping in mind the surrounding landscape. The building base and the adjacent functions have been kept underground as much as possible to optimize the built surface and reduce lateral surfaces. This will enable the design to be within budget with and minimize the use of material, reduce the operational energy costs and improve the energy performance of the building.

The project in spite of being compact, has large and welcoming spaces. The main entrance, which is and extension of the central square, connects the parking lot, the future school complex and the sports centre. The access to the three main function areas and their respective cafeterias is easy and the main lobby acts as the flow-distribution area as well as a spine for the building, taking the users further inside the building.

The ground floor caters to the athletes and employees, whereas the first floor is for the velodrome and swimming pool visitors. The main cafeteria which is on the first floor, connects all three main functions and is conveniently located between the velodrome and multi-purpose hall with a view towards the green landscape outside.

The consultants and subcontractors on this project will be Pohl Architekten, Latz+Partner, Werner Sobek and Transsolar.

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