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World of Sports

World of Sports


raumwerk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Extract from entrant’s explanation

The surrounding layered landscape gives rise to a straight lengthwise white structure of sculptural design. The spacious entrance courtyard and the connecting MEET&EAT foyer face the neighbouring SOUTHEAST OFFICE. They link up the two main function areas of the building to form a centre for interaction and facilitate different forms of interaction.

The column-free multipurpose hall - providing flexible space for dividing up – is ideal for staging events in different formats.

The adaptable inner life of the halls is able to respond flexibly to different requirements. The meeting spaces and workshop areas are placed above the multipurpose hall on the top floor and can be accessed directly from the foyer. They are grouped in various sizes around a communal inner courtyard and can be separated and merged as required. All spaces admit daylight and enjoy different views of the campus via the recesses in the facade. Employees have access to the dining area via the communal foyer of the building and directly from the North Campus.

Spacious recesses in the roof direct the daylight into the interior of the building, zone the light and thus provide for a pleasant atmosphere. A central supply and despatch area for the flow of goods is provided for the building from the west via the extended Olympiaring. The external VIP entrance to the promoshop is also placed here.

Its facade consists of a structure which is suspended in front and ventilated at the rear and is made from triangular white ceramic blocks. Arranged next to each other in multiples, the blocks are manufactured in different gloss levels to produce a distinctive outer skin.

Extract from minutes of jury meeting

The building evolves very naturally on the site and reduces the extended height through this conceptual approach – which is also of benefit to the subsequent housing development. An accomplished development – rising from the campus-orientated single-storey design to more than twice the height in the south – that creates a dramatic development of the space externally and internally and enters into an appropriate dialogue with the new Southeast building without competing with it. The internal structure is very well addressed. From the well-placed entrance site above the function hall through to the well-organised Food court, use of the building is optimised and applied in appropriate and properly proportioned spaces. This also applies to the meeting areas on the top floor which would however need insulating from the sound generated in the foyer and the hall. The building relates throughout to the outside with well-designed outward visual references. The building is well-designed for deliveries both in terms of the site and the size, although access from the road is thought to be tight.

The homogeneous facade to be installed over inclined wall and roof surfaces and the differentiated design of the fifth facade, the roof, are commended as having a distinct appearance. The material used for the tiles basically meets the requirements, although the design derivation from an adidas logo is indecipherable, as is the symbolic representation of the three stripes on the facade. Questions are also raised with respect to the integration of essential recooling plants (roof), which however should be resolved by means of the building typology.

Points that remain unclear are the noise control for the multipurpose hall and the technical concept in relation to supply lines. There is also a need for more modifications for the building services, such as increasing the height of the space of the prep kitchen.

Overall, the appeal of the design is in its pleasing restraint combined with a high level of identity and functionality.


raumwerk Gesellschaft für Architektur und Stadtplanung mbH, Frankfurt/Main, DE:
Thorsten Wagner, Jon Prengel, Stephan Fischer, Georgeanna Foley, Tobias Spillner, Tina Volquardsen

Special Experts:

  • Imagine structure GmbH, Frankfurt/Main, DE
  • Ingenieurbüro Martin Scherer, Darmstadt, DE
  • HL-Technik Engineering GmbH, Munich, DE