This project is about a search for hope, illuminating a public facility characterized by the vastness and openness of the African continent. The design for this Football for Hope Center (FFHC) considers an intelligent architectural economy where the basic shelter encloses a facility for learning, health care, and athletics, and, the structure appears as a momentous forest comprised by an expandable, light-weight post and beam system.
While columns support the beams and a roof system, ultimately they are capable of gathering solar energy to power the lighting fixtures for FFHC. A hard roof covers major building programs and fuses the function of rainwater catchments and management as part of the overall structural system. Rainwater can then be funneled and irrigated to the underground reservoir.
Although there is no fixed seating for the grandstand, the platform allows chairs to be arranged on top. Seating flexibility enables other opportunities for using the grandstand (i.e. adapting it into an extra classroom or additional health care facility). Two standardized shipping containers donated by Greenfields Sports Turf Systems will be utilized as storage, one each for the athletic and health care programs. The actual football pitch size is smaller than regulation, only 20mx40m.
The core structure for this building is simply a standardized chain-link system that provides an enclosure to the football pitch elevations. The colorful and graphic formation of the weaving fabric mesh enhances the spatial experience of light and shadow. The technology to construct the building is designed so as to become a gathering event for the township residents and community to participate and contribute to the project. The project seeks to heighten the profile of The Football for Hope organization, establishing an exuberant identity for the bounce of youth football culture and the lines of a new horizon for hope.
Project Lead: Andy Ku // Project Team: Juan Azcarate, Andy Ku, Kam Ku, Kin-Tak Yu