New Multipurpose Pavilion PAV-2 in El Catllar

El Catllar, Tarragona

First prize, competition 2021

2022 – work in progress

Built Area: 2808,47 m²

Client: El Catllar City Hall

Structures: BBG Estructures, Recerca i Rehabilitació

MEP: Brullet Enginyeria

Budget control: Francesc Xairó i Associats

The new Sports Pavilion acknowledges the terraced landscape on which it is situated and takes advantage of the natural slope. By partially burying the sports court, it achieves a reduction in visual impact and creates two distinct entrances, one for athletes and another for the public. The main volume, equivalent to the court is surrounded by smaller structures that contain the rest of the facilities, helping to reduce the scale of the building.

The program is distributed across two levels that converge in the eastern volume, which covers them under a single roof. The lower level accommodates all the athlete-related facilities, including locker rooms and services, located in the northern section, and the multipurpose hall in the eastern section. The upper level, intended for the public, contains services, administration, a lobby, and reception in the eastern volume, and the gallery providing access to the stands in the southern volume.

The building offers great flexibility, allowing for simultaneous use of both halves of the court, as well as the independent operation of the multipurpose hall, which could host shows and other cultural events open to the exterior while the rest of the building remains closed.

The choice of different construction systems seeks a balance between the economic and environmental sustainability of the project. The court’s structure is resolved with large wooden trusses, while the northern and eastern structures are made of concrete block walls with wooden beam roofs. This creates a contrast between the central volume, with larger dimensions, and the peripheral volumes that ground the construction and soften its impact on the surroundings.

The court’s facades are lightweight, maintaining translucency on the south and north sides, and the court’s roof is designed with sawtooth patterns to ensure uniform and adequate lighting for sports activities. The decision to make this tectonic coherence visible involves minimizing the use of finishes where they are not necessary, which reduces the overall cost of the building.