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 development plan for Vejlby-Risskov Sports Center is to create a diverse, connecting, and sustainable 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. In comparison, the area corresponds to Aarhus’ historic city center or the new city district Aarhus Ø. A total of 246,000 m2 dedicated to sports not just for Vejlby – Risskov, but for the near and adjacent local areas, which all lack sports facilities.

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 sports center reflects the diversity that can be found in the surrounding city – the sports center will in the future be accessible to everyone and be a unifying place in the city with good urban spaces and recreational areas for relaxation and play.

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.

Mobility and infrastructure are strengthened by the area’s four arrivals to create a better connection with the city. New and more ways to arrive are needed. Kiss-and-ride facility, space for cargo bikes, safe conditions for runners and children who ride themselves. The area gathers around the two primary connections: Hvidkildevej and Rolf Haugstrups Plads (the rambla). Along Hvidkildevej, the traffic is restructured to accommodate soft road users. Zones are created for movement, activity, and stay by initiatives that slows down the overall speed. The life and activity of the rambla is extended to the south to create a central and active connection through the area from north to south.

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.