Toruń Arena

Design type
conceptual (competition), construction and executive, consortium DEDECO and MD Poland company
Tytus Szabelski
Municipal Sports and Recreation in Toruń
Usable area
44 613 m²

While designing a sports hall in Toruń, a lead theme was to create a modern facility simple in its shape, façade of which can be used as a huge multimedia panel. The hall is an architectural counterbalance to a beautiful historical architecture of Toruń. Its modernity was supposed to contrast with historical monuments in the city.

Simple massive cuboid shape with irregular cuts at its bottom enhances dynamics which is strong through the form and colour of the building body. We managed to create an impression that the building is suspended above the ground by providing large glazed surfaces at the ground floor, well-lit like an art gallery, and an overhang above the entry. A detail enriching the cubic shape of the building is an LED energy-efficient point lighting system at its façade. It comprises a large multimedia display providing information, and a modern multimedia decoration of the hall.

Apart from space used for sports only, its elaborated functional programme supports commercial services, such as restaurants, SPA, fitness and gym at the ground floor, as well as a hotel section with conference rooms for training courses and meetings.

All functional zones of the hall, including the fan zone, area for athletes, VIP-media, service and an underground car park are linked together into a logical clear and ergonomic internal system facilitating fast movement of people between particular zones and efficient evacuation for mass events. The hall is suitable for organizing music concerts, fairs and exhibitions and similar events. Thus, the building is frequently used by many on a variety of occasions.

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