Sport performance centre: exploring urban rituals and patterns together with the edge condition as design tool
This dissertation sets out to investigate architecture as a host for physical performance, the importance of integrating separated urban environments and the activation patterns of a fl uctuating, inanimate sport complex. The basis of this dissertation is a personal interest in sport performance and unfortunate injuries influencing daily activities. Sport instils determination and an urge to perform in every aspect of life. The race to succeed and perform beyond yesterday’s limits is embodied in the design of a Sport Centre. Sport can also bring people together who normally would not coincide. Professionals, fans, physical enthusiasts and the physically disabled all have a position to fill in sport. In order to regulate movement and maintain constant participation in the existing Sport Precinct of Bloemfontein, I propose a Sport Performance Centre with the aim to connect the Free State stadium, the athletics track and the existing (newly upgraded) public pool facilities in Att Horak Street. With the main purpose of activating the sport complex, the building welcomes all visitors through a programme of sport, social and cultural activities. The proposal becomes a catalyst for future development opportunities, making the site more accessible to all. The dissertation will start by focussing on the users of the facility by presenting the main typological, topological, morphological and technical parameters of the project (Part One). Further research of these four types of parameters (Part Two) will then initiate the design response (Part Three), and finally, a full evaluation of the process will be incorporated (Part Four).