Leisure Centre Interior Waasmunster
interior design new sports centre, cultural centre, theatre & library
The municipality's decision to build the Leisure Complex at the heart of Waasmunster is a resolute choice to strengthen the village centre. The combination of a sports and culture programme within the leisure complex provides a perfect opportunity to bring people of various ages or from different walks of life together.
The interior design aims to complete the overall concept as well as reinforce it. It seeks to do this in terms of spatial experience, use of materials and user comfort. Programmatically, a clear division had already been made between the various functions. The interior design gives a sense of uniformity by making consistent use of materials and a similar formal language. It was a conscious decision to blur the boundaries between the inside and outside and between the different functions. The well-considered lighting design (both inside and outside) and the arrangement of the surrounding park and the central courtyard share the same objective. An interconnected entity with a strong and unambiguous narrative.
The building is characterised by the use of honest, no-nonsense, robust and pure materials: concrete, wood and glass. The interior design strives to build on this while adding warmth and colour. Materials selected for the interior include polished concrete, black wire mesh, granite bricks, wood (both for floors and walls) and textile (carpets, curtains, wall covering) in a variety of warm rusty brown shades.
A well-considered lighting concept ensures cosy, yet functional lighting at night throughout the building and the site. Artificial light naturally guides visitors towards the entrance zones and the cafeteria. At night, visitors can fully experience the outdoor areas thanks to the lit trees and water feature. By adjusting the light's colour temperature, a clear distinction is made between functional lighting and mood lights.
On the one hand, the outdoor space design focused on the use of materials and on the other hand, the user experience. The patio is conceived as an outdoor room that can be used as much as possible. Storytime events can take place in a small amphitheatre, while the gallery protects the bar's outdoor terrace from sun and rain. The surrounding greenery is drawn into the patio. The interaction between bricks, gravel and concrete slabs creates a subtle play of form, functionality and water penetration.
images: POLO Architects
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