SPONSORED BY:

SPORTS BUILDINGS

MG TENNIS CLUB

INVESTOR:

MG Tennis Club EOOD

CONSTRUCTOR:

Beta Cosult Ltd

GENERAL CONTRACTOR:

Mirtech ЕOOD

ARCHITECT:

T.T.H.R. Aedes Studio

ADDRESS:

Sofia
INFORMATION

“MG Tennis Club” in Zaimov park

 

During the last 25 years Sofia has almost doubled its population from 1.2 million in 1990 to about 2 million using the city on a daily basis today. In that context the city parks have become crowded and the number and quality of the sports facilities totally insufficient.

The existing courts, built as a sports facility of Sofstroy in 1998, in the Zaimov Park, one of the central city parks, were in a poor condition, left unmaintained since their construction in the 90`s. The sports facility has been entirely closed to the park and therefore invisible from the outside. It only took from the park`s area without really being a part of it. The new project is completely renewed and reorganized to be a place, dedicated to tennis.

MG Tennis Academy is situated in the heart of Sofia, among the greenery of the park, some meters away from the tramway stops and close to the future metro station of bul. “Evlogi and Hristo Georgevi”. The complex has 2 open courts with red ground of the Chamot type, and 3 courts covered with vinyl membrane, which partially opens in the summer.

The main issue of the project was to reconnect the park and the courts. Preserving the existing layout of the courts and the building, two more entrances were added and all three are offset to the inside in-between the courts. Between the courts is a café and a restaurant facing the main alley of the park. All of the existing trees remain floating in the wooden decking. The decking covers the entire area between the courts and inside the building as well. Thus, there is no place in the complex where the inside and outside are rigidly separated. All of the existing trees are preserved, three of the which pass through the roofs, stressing again on the idea of avoiding interruption or discontinuity within the surrounding park.

The biggest virtue of the covered courts is the unique for Bulgaria acrylic surface GreenSet Comfort. [1] It is laboratory tested and also tested in real game conditions, the surface GreenSet Comfort is suitable for all kinds of tennis players and style of playing. Its multiple layers relieve the pressure of the spine and the joints of the players to assure maximum of comfort and safety during the game.

Besides the comfort of playing, the new complex proposes an exceptional design, applied to all of the details, from the changing rooms to the terraces, entrances and fences. The technical equipment is completely hidden from the view. Thereby, the visitors of the complex could enjoy undisturbedly the game as well as the park.

As the courts are situated between two alleys in the park, it was of importance for the new design to create the possibility of continuously seeing the park through the sports facilities. As the nets of the courts remain transparent the building’s facades are covered with white glass panels. The cantilevered wooden roofs seem to be suspended above the building and the outside café, and their height coincide with the line of the opening of the vinyl covering of courts 1, 2 and 5. So, there is a unifying horizontal line connecting the buildings and the facilities, which keeps the human scale.

Though the space is functionally divided, the aim of the project was to turn it into an organic entity along with the park, transparent and penetrable.



[1]  With its nearly 50 years of history, GreenSet is the leading world producer of specialized tennis acrylic surfaces. GreenSet is the producer of the training courts of Roland-Garros, the courts of Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic courts of Rio de Janeiro and many more. For the first time in Bulgaria, MG Tennis Academy proposes the exceptional quality and comfort of GreenSet.