- Interior architects: Katrin Kaevats, Jaan Port
- Open competition 2007: 1st prize
- Location: Tartu, Estonia
- Size: 4500m2
- Status: completed 2009
- Client: Estonian University of Life Sciences
- Photos: Karli Luik, Reio Avaste
The chosen plot for the sports hall was an empty, flat field right at the roadside at the entrance to Tartu, so in addition to functionality and ability to integrate and organize the surrounding campus area, the architectural competition, in a way, expected a greater degree of representation than the building type would normally imply. At the same time, the spatial programme of a sports hall largely prescribes the possibilities of designing the main volume.
We decided to stretch all corners of the cubic volume, and to integrate the building organically with landscape. Elevated ground forms a „cushion“ for the slightly entrenched building, thus optically minimising its volume, and continues in undulating forms, encompassing outdoor sports grounds and bicycle paths, towards a sloping valley further away.