Foundation stone laid for new sports complex in Luxembourg

10 October 2023
Credit: Mecanoo/Metaform
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National velodrome & aquatic centre under construction for Mondorf-les-Bains

The first foundation stone has been laid in the project to create a new velodrome and sports complex in the rolling Luxembourg countryside on the edge of Mondorf-les-Bains, a location known for its thermal baths. Created by Tenderstream member Mecanoo and Metaform, the facility is set to enhance the community’s reputation for providing opportunities for recreation. 

The complex will combine the new national velodrome with an aquatic centre and multi-sports hall, creating a centre capable of hosting national and international cycling events. Simultaneously, it will also serve as a sporting hub for the community and a potential future international school proposed to be built adjacent to the site.

A requirement to re-naturalize the site's sloping agricultural land combined with a limited budget informed the compact design approach. The pools and sports hall blend into the surrounding topography and are absorbed by sloping green roofs which integrate the building into the landscape. Inside, the layout connects the facilities through a grand foyer while maintaining a clear circulation for both athletes and spectators. A large open staircase leads from first floor foyer to the entrance, creating a public axis to the aquatic centre and spectator zones of the velodrome and sports hall. Refreshement areas create informal meeting and waiting spaces, with outdoor terraces offering extensive views. 

The velodrome appears as a floating structure with a transparent band separating the solid volume of the roof from the landscape. Its simple form puts the engineered timber on display, with the various finishes creating a neutral, warm backdrop to the complex. Strategically placed skylights and glazed facades optimize natural daylight, while framing views to the landscape. 

Sports Minister Georges Engel stated: "It is essential, particularly for young people, to have the opportunity to train in safe conditions. This is the only way our country can build on past cycling successes. To further advance sports internationally, more financial support from the state will be necessary in the future.”

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 23.02.2018 here
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