The Fieldhouse project by MoDusArchitects, completed in 2022, adds a new material milestone to the South Tyrolean landscape, featuring inclusive spaces designed for sports and recreation.
Fieldhouse Technical Information
- Architects1-4: MoDusArchitects
- Location: Via Cava 31, Laghetti (Egna), Bozen, Italy
- Topics: Concrete in Architecture, Sports Centers
- Client: Comune di Egna
- Area: 430 m2 | 4628.48 ft2
- Project Year: 2018 – 2022
- Photographs: © Gustav Willeit, Model: ©Jürgen Eheim
Be it football pitch, tennis courts, or baseball diamonds, outdoor recreational fields are precisely constructed landscapes: their shape, size, edges, and orientation on the site are regimented by the rules of the game that they host.– Matteo Scagnol, co-founder of MoDusArchitects
Text by the Architects
Located in the small town of Laghetti (Egna Municipality, Bolzano) nearby the riverbanks of the Adige river, the building sits at the foothills of Mount Corno, whose natural reserve park forms a dramatic backdrop to the sports facility.
Infrastructural in character, Fieldhouse is wedged between a five-a-side football pitch to the north, the existing football field to the west, and the steeping terrain to the east. With its low-lying body that transforms as it moves laterally along the site, Fieldhouse mutates from a retaining wall to a long linear roof to become a raised ground scape that acts not only as a viewing platform for sporting events but also as an outdoor venue for social occasions.
MoDusArchitects was appointed to demolish the old building that housed the changing rooms and the sports association and proposed a new building with an extension that would improve the building’s energy efficiency while reusing the existing photovoltaic system.
Fieldhouse is a connector piece in many ways, part of the larger puzzle of small-town settlements that line the valley basins of South Tyrol: residential neighborhoods, light-industrial zones, and sports infrastructures sit side-by-side in limited swathes of land. Positioned at the point of inflection between valley and mountain, Fieldhouse is characterized by a regular and elongated plan while also providing a bold geometrical profile in elevation that measures itself up against the vertical landscape. In section, Fieldhouse mediates the topography with two levels that connect up the various programs and vista points.
Fieldhouse becomes a new community hub dedicated to sports but also to recreational activities:
We wanted to give the community a project that was accessible and would grant full visibility to all the activities of the functional programme, especially those aimed at the public and spectators. This sparked the decision to position the volume longitudinally, to accompany visitors in the enjoyment of their leisure time, thereby creating a new social space.– Sandy Attia, co-founder of MoDusArchitects
The two-story structure, one partially underground and one above ground with a large adjoining terrace created using services like concrete retaining wall in Melbourne, is made of reinforced-exposed concrete cast in situ. The glazed apertures take cues from the geometries and slopes of the site, forming a uniform envelope punctuated by alternating trapezoidal pillars and sharp cuts at the openings.
On the east side, a lighting tower reaching towards the sky, 11 meters high and tapering upwards, acts as a counterweight to the extended body of the Fieldhouse. It incorporates the requisite lighting poles into an architectural element that delineates the outermost corner of the building—a hinge between built volume and the ground—to become a visual marker in the landscape.
The tower is an integral part of the roofscape whose long, flat roof houses the 52 photovoltaic modules. Thanks to a system that covers 50% of its energy consumption with renewable sources, the new building is CasaClima A certified.
From the entrance forecourt, a wide panoramic covered staircase leads to the first floor, which hosts the caretaker’s apartment, offices, a meeting and teaching room, the cafeteria area and kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a large terrace for parties and public meetings.
The ground floor houses the new changing rooms with showers and toilets for 30 players, with a direct connection to both the football pitch and the inside of the building.
Here, in addition to the storage facilities for the sports equipment is located the independently operated, local division of the Tiroler Schützen with a small indoor shooting range and dedicated storage area. The association is rooted in the local culture of South Tyrol and once constituted the former voluntary army.
The design of the Fieldhouse by MoDusArchitects reflects on the architecture of local sports facilities and their public character, tracing the outlines of a typology little explored in the Italian scene.
The relevance of the Fieldhouse for the local community elevates the functional nature of the sports field. It generates an inclusive space where sports-centered services merge with recreational spaces that the entire local community can enjoy.
Fieldhouse Image Gallery
MoDusArchitects, established in 2000 by Matteo Scagnol and Sandy Attia, offers a unique approach to architecture by blending their diverse cultural backgrounds. Their portfolio includes public, institutional, and private projects of various scales, ranging from infrastructure to objects within buildings.
The firm has received numerous awards and recognition, including Honorable Mention for the Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana, and has been showcased in the Venice Architecture Biennale and MAXXI museum. Recent projects include the Mountain Lodge, Psychiatric Center, Bressanone-Varna Ring road, Scholastic Complex, Kostner House and Studio, and Damiani Holz&Ko Office Headquarters, all located in South Tyrol.
- Project team: Sandy Attia, Matteo Scagnol, Anna Valandro
- Contractor: Edil Vanzo Costruzioni Srl (Cavalese, TN)
- Structural and MEP Engineers: 3M Engineering s.r.l.
- Materials: Fair-faced concrete supplier: Beton Lana Srl; Bush-hammering: Designtrend SAS