Sports Complex EUR

Rotterdam (NL), 2021



This new Sports Campus EUR, located on the University Campus Woudestein in Rotterdam, is designed as a training facility and venue that offers students more than sports alone.

The new building marks the entrance of the University Campus. The complex’ shape of stacked and connected ‘sports boxes’, behind a semi-transparent skin, creates a sculptural effect. The poetic, fragile façade appears different during the day – depending on viewpoint, time, lighting and season  – and turns a straightforward sports building into a dynamic living object.

The sports complex is organized around an inner street which connects the two main building volumes. Originally, the two plots were also separated by a street. The  inner street, the backbone of the building with entrances on two sides, provides for a clear orientation. The street does not only have a logistic function, but is also an important meeting place, offering plenty of places to meet with your friends, have a drink, and enjoy an attractive view over the different sport activities. After all, the social aspect is an important motivation for people to do sports.

As a result of high ambitions with regards to sustainability and energy-use by Erasmus University Rotterdam, the building will be energy neutral and we will use many circular constructing materials.

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Name: Sports Complex EUR
Location: Erasmus Plaza, Rotterdam (NL)
Program: 3 sport halls, 2 gyms, a fitness, bar/restaurant and additional facilities.
Surface area: 8800 m2
Assignment: Competition design, Schematic design, Design development, Construction documents, Construction administration
Period: 2018-2021
Status: In Progress
Client: Erasmus University Rotterdam


VenhoevenCS: Manfred Wansink, Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Piotr Gierek, Martijn Tjassens Keiser, Peter Rugebregt, Grzegorz Balinski
Main contractor:Remmers Sport en Onderwijs
Structural engineer:Verhoeven en Leenders
MEP:Nelissen Ingenieursbureau
Building physics:Nelissen Ingenieursbureau
Other:Hoppenbrouwers (Installation contractor)
Images: b1design (renders)