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Shell-Shaped Athletic Complexes

Portoval Sports Hall to Host EuroBasket Championship

— August 24, 2011 — Lifestyle
Located in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, the Portoval Sports Hall by Sadar+Vuga is a multi-functional complex designed to be the host of the EuroBasket Championship in 2013.

A 14,000-square meter, three-level structure, the Portoval Sports Hall has a 5,000-seat capacity for both sports and cultural events. It features a warm-up hall, a fitness center and even a restaurant that overlooks the city. With 250 underground parking spaces, this sports complex also features special VIP parking areas for media and players.

The complex is designed with four parts: a tribune, a domed roof, concourse and a ring. The domed roof is meant to "provide a minimally compressed volume," according to the designers, while the ring encircles the main structure and works to enhance "the relationship between the arena’s inner spaces and the surrounding terrain."
Trend Themes
1. Shell-shaped Structures - Opportunity to design innovative, environmentally-friendly buildings that integrate harmoniously with the landscape.
2. Multi-functional Complexes - Chance to create versatile spaces that can host various events and activities for different audiences.
3. Enhanced Fan Experience - Potential to incorporate amenities and features that improve the spectator experience and create a sense of community.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Opportunity to revolutionize the design of sports and cultural venues with unique and visually striking structures.
2. Sports and Entertainment - Potential to develop state-of-the-art venues that attract and engage fans, offering a memorable experience.
3. Hospitality and Food Service - Chance to create innovative dining experiences within sports complexes, offering a combination of excellent cuisine and stunning views.
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