Gymnasium and recreation in Puławy – architecture

The Puławy Sports and Leisure Hall, the construction of which has been one of the city’s largest investments in recent years, is participating in this year’s edition of this year’s SARP award. The building is among the architectural objects that have been put into use recently, and its function and form distinguish it from other buildings.

Architecture, sports and music

Sports and recreation halls – these are the necessary facilities in every city. Today’s designed items perfectly combine the functionality of a space for competitions and sports training with the organization of concerts, shows and shows. Among the facilities of this type that have been built in recent years, the following stand out, among others, the Ergo Arena is located on the border of Gdańsk and Sopot, Kraków Arena or the hall in Bytom, which is also noted in architectural surveys. Recently, Puławy Sports and Recreation Hall joined this group. It should be noted that the concept of the facility in Puawy was created as part of the work of the auditorium construction team appointed by the Mayor of Puławy. All interested sports circles participated and had a great influence on the shape of the building in terms of its functions.

The Puławy Sports and Recreation Hall is built on the site of a former sawmill in the eastern part of the city. Since November 2021, it has been called the “Grupa Azoty Arena” – Grupa Azoty has become the main sponsor of the facility. On a daily basis, the modern building is used by local sports teams, which are very successful – here are the bronze medalists of the Polish Handball Championship, the KS AZOTY Puławy team, the Wisła Puławy weightlifting section, volleyball and basketball players . The auditorium in Puławy contains a permanent floor for group games with the largest space in Europe. But this is not the end – there are also separate rooms for martial arts (including taekwondo) and a gym in the hall. The design of the hall meets the requirements of international sports federations to organize matches at the European level, and also provides sufficient facilities for the implementation of television broadcasting. The auditorium in Puławy can accommodate up to 4,000 people – this is the case for a concert, when the audience is also on the field. The grandstands have 1,336 permanent seats and 1,726 seats distributed on mechanical telescopic platforms.

Award nominee

The project for the sports and recreation hall Grupa Azoty Arena in Puławy was created at the local design office – Pracownia Architektoniczna MARKA sc Janusz Gąsiorowski, Tomasz Kozłowski with the participation of industry designers from the ARCHIMEDIA design bureau from Pozna. The building is designed to combine efficient form, technical requirements and energy-efficient solutions. For this last reason, the completely glazed southern facade of the hall is enclosed in a 6 meter high ceiling – preventing excessive heating of the facade and interior. The main source of energy for the building is a battery of several dozen geothermal exchangers placed in wells with a depth of more than 100 meters. The hall has adequate acoustics (important during concerts and sports shows). In terms of form, the architects focused on simplicity: the body is covered with a glossy roof that softly flows into the floor in the form of side elevations. The building has received streamlined forms, which gives it a modern look, but at the same time makes the building not dominant over the surrounding area. “Puławy definitely deserves this room. It’s a theme from the 21st century, and one of the greatest things about Poland– Lublin County Deputy Marshal Mikhail Molawa said during the facility inauguration.

Gymnasium and Leisure in Puławy – Building Design Certificate

Location: Puławy, ul. 59

Investor: Puławy City Hall

Architectural design: Consortium of companies “Marka” Pracownia Architektoniczna SC J. Gąsiorowski, T. Kozłowski and Archimedia Pracownia Architektoniczna Architekci & Inżynierowie

General Contractor: Mostostal Puławy SA Consortium (Leader), Mostostal Warszawa SA (Partner)

Building area: 5,936.50 m2

– Floor used area 9535.90 m2

Size: 80505.00 m3

Completion: 2020

Investment value: total 86.93 million PLN

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