0345 Vejlby-Risskov Sports Center

The diverse leisure landscape

Year: 2021
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Size: 246,000 m2
Status: Ongoing
Collaborators: Sport & Fritid, Hovedforeningen IK Skovbakken
Visualisations: SLETH

The aim of the development plan for Vejlby-Risskov Sports Center is to create a diverse, connecting, and enjoyable leisure landscape with room for both the organized and the informal, for the elite and the amateur, and for the high and low pulse.

The new sports center builds on the existing qualities and the original vision for the sports center, where culture and sports are the glue that binds the residential areas together. Vejlby – Risskov Sports Center is among Denmark’s largest sports facilities.  A total of 246,000 m2 dedicated to sports not just for Vejlby – Risskov, but for the near and adjacent local areas.

The new Vejlby-Risskov Sports Center live up to today’s needs when it comes to sports and health in the city. The sports center is optimized and adapted to the many new residents in Aarhus North in relation to association sports, unorganized sports, and completely new forms of sports.

The future Vejlby-Risskov Sports Center is based on 6 development strategies that will ensure the realization of the vision: Accessibility, Coherence, Openness, Sustainability, Security, and Preservation. The development strategies govern all interventions in the Sports Center – physical as well as organizational.

The sports facility is opened towards the two primary connecting streets trough both the landscape and building. Where the facades are hindered to open to the underlying functions, active functions such as climbing walls or art contributes to wayfinding in the area.

By strengthening the wide range of sports, the social aspect of sports is also strengthened. The traditional sports are combined with new sports, informal activities, meeting places, and street environment to accommodate a diverse new environment centered around leisure.