The project is characterised by a high degree of openness and great inflow of light. Where they before only had room for the most common indoor types of sports, they have now added many new activity options as well as room for a new library, junior and youth club, recreational areas and café.
The culture and sports centre is central in the small town’s efforts called “Vodskov’s Future”. Together with the local associations and interested parties, the municipality of Aalborg has prepared an analysis of the possibilities in what was formerly known as the sports centre Vodskov Hallen. Together with the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities and the architects from Keingart a solution was developed that could turn the hall into a strong centre for everyone in Vodskov instead of being a closed setting for the traditional individuals involved in sports. This means that a big group of new users are now invited in and that there is also access to the hall for those interested in sports but who do not want to be members of a sports club and work out at fixed times during the week.
The project covers 1,580 m² where 1,270 m² is a new addition. The new front consists of windows with an underlying shelving structure. The shelves are made from wood and can be used for storage but also for seating or climbing.
The Vodskov library with 2,750 registered users has moved into better facilities at Vodskov Culture & Sports Centre where there has also been found room for a junior and youth club.
Inside the hall, there is an open, central “square” as the natural gathering and distribution place for the users of the sports centre. The square opens up into all directions towards different options in the hall. The café area is the new, natural meeting place for many of the locals of the town.
The sports area has been extended with new rooms for both movement and lounging to be used by a wide variety of physical and cultural activities. There is a new activities hall for gymnastics, dancing and senior exercise – but also for e.g. bridge, bingo, meetings, cultural activities and day-care. A new gym attracts many new users who were not previously doing any sport at the sports centre.