Simplistic Beauty

The Astronomers Park

In the eastern suburbs of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the political heartland of the Basque Country in Spain, it is still possible to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk in a park called ‘The Astronomers’. The name provides a clue to the history of the local area. Due to its location and terrain, the park had had a long link with astronomers using it to study the night sky. Current urban development precludes any possibility to perform astronomical observations, but the site still attracts local amateur astronomers.

Since 2000, the park has been developed to provide sporting facilities. A running track was laid along with a football pitch with a precast concrete structure to act as a shelter for supporters. With the increasing popularity of the local football teams, funding was sought for the enhancement of facilities at the park. A brief was drawn to include the construction of a new covered stand that would follow sustainable principles, be durable, vandal-proof, require minimal maintenance and be easy to extend.

LMM Architects were chosen for their unusual yet simple proposal that met the brief. A 30-metre long trapezoidal, on side elevation, steel structure forms the main frame for the new stand. Galvanized steel inverted ‘L’ sections placed at five metre centres provide the skeleton of the structure that is clad with galvanized sheet. The lower level of the new stand uses precast concrete to provide changing rooms and a meeting room. Seating has been placed on top of the precast sections with a series of galvanized stairs that lead to the upper level of the stand. The simple design linked with effective engineering provides a light, durable, maintenance-free structure that can be used for many years to come by the locals to enjoy their football.

Architect: LMM Architects

Posted on April 22, 2014 by untitled

Read next…

Blackpool Tramway Starr Gate Depot

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of northern England. Within 40 years, an 11 mile electric tramway was opened, running…

Read more

Galvanized Fasteners

Most metal coated fasteners look bright and attractive when installed but often have thin coatings and even in a mild environment will rust vigorously after only a short period of time. It is important to ensure that you have selected…

Read more

Galvanizing Delight

Within a section of the Guadiana River that runs along the frontier between Spain and Portugal, a new lookout point has risen from the landscape. Slender reed-like galvanized steel sections provide support to the platform as well as filtering light.…

Read more

Godolphin House

Godolphin House is one of Cornwall’s most outstanding and important historic houses. It is a 15th century property that is the jewel in the crown of the National Trust in the southwest of England. Until the middle of the 18th…

Read more