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Olympic Tennis Centre

Dominique Perrault, arquitecto

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The stadium is located in the Manzanares Park very near the river and boasts thirty tennis courts as well as other facilities. Steel, wood and glass are the materials chosen by Perrault to give shape to this “Magic Box” whose roofs acquire dynamism by opening and closing, continually interacting with the landscape while the facades, covered in a metal fabric, filter the sunlight during the day and sparkle at night, giving the image of a transparent building that permits a view of what is happening inside and outside of it.

With the perspective of the 2016 Olympics, Madrid, a candidate city, set off on a campaign of building spectacular facilities. One of these buildings is the Olympic Tennis Centre, which has been conceived on a surface of 16.5 hectares on the old abandoned land situated between the motorway and the fallow terrain of the train tracks and covers a surface space of a hundred thousand metres square. It is composed of three indoor tennis courts and has the possibility of uncovering them partially or totally. It seats a total of twenty thousand spectators, contains sixteen outdoor tennis courts, five indoor courts seating three hundred and fifty spectators each, six training courts, an indoor swimming pool and the headquarters of the Madrid Tennis Federation, a tennis school, a tennis club, a press centre, reserved spaces and restaurants.

The buildings, made from metal, aluminium, concrete and glass, are organised on a great artificial lake. An invitation to strolling, a system of bridges and walkways opens up the possibility of multiple routes, offering new and spectacular vistas and connecting the “Magic Box” with the district of San Fermín and with the Manzanares Park, the work of Ricardo Bofill.

The “Magic Box” is organised according to two uses. At water level (level -2) are the spaces reserved for players, the training facilities and players’ reception, VIPs and press, as well as the technical installations. Eight metres above this, at street level (level 0), is the space destined for spectators and the facilities associated with them during the days when matches or other events are held.

The three tennis courts adapt to the different uses of the sports complex. Mounted on large hydraulic jacks, the three mobile roofs allow three different configurations for each of them: fully open, semi-open or closed. The suite of three roofs can configure twenty-seven different positions. The ceiling of the central court can be half-opened in a vertical position and raised by around twenty metres. In a horizontal position it can be slid open in its full width. The other two roofs can be half-opened vertically to form a twenty-five-degree angle. They can also slide horizontally to leave the stadium fully opened to the sky. This “Magic Box”, which opens, half-opens and closes according to the uses of the sports complex, creates a changing, living outline on the landscape.

Dominique Perrault has especially developed for this project a previously unseen type of metallic mesh that is, depending on the time of day, filtering, reflecting or opaque. Sparkling during the day, it allows the light in, while at night the light shines outwards, thus suggesting the unceasing activity of the complex.

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Emplazamiento: Madrid. Autor: Dominique Perrault, arquitecto. Colaboradores: Gaëlle Lauriot-Prevost, dirección artística, Juan Fernández Andrino, arquitecto del proyecto, Ainoa Prats, Dolores Ruiz, Luis Alves da Silva, Stéphanie Vazao Branco, Joaquín Mosquera, Daniel Marín, Mark Marten, Claudia Dieling, Florian Hartmann, Stefan Felber, Shigeki Maeda, Yves Moreau, Ainoa Prats, Victor Pujol, Dolores Ruiz, Veronique Gilotaux, Stefan Goeddertz, Jérôme Santel, Daniel Keppel, Marie-Pierre Vandeputte. Equipo del concurso: Juan Fernández Andrino, Yves Moreau, Frédéric Chantier, Gilles Delalex, Cyril Lancelin, Sergi Palomares. Colaboradores becarios : Taciana Laredo, Jorge Alvarez-Builla, Pablo Chamizo, Moisés Royo Márquez, Sergio García-Gasco, Fride Hallberg, Beatriz Martinez, Christina Ried, Christiane Werling. Ingeniería estructuras e Instalaciones: TYPSA. Consulting fachadas: Marion Consulting, Colmar, Francia. Project manager : LKS Studio Madrid. Ingeniero acústico: Jean-Paul Lamoureux, Paris, Francia. Maquetas: Patrice Debois, Etienne Follenfant, Perrault Projets. Cubierta: FCC Construcción (Luis Viñuelas, José Martinez Salcedo). Constructora: FCC Construcción. Promotor: Madrid Espacios y Congresos. Fotografía: DPA. Georges Fessy.
Dominique Perrault
París, Francia