Passau's sporting side secured

The new extension of the sports centre of the University of Passau was ceremonially opened on 15 January 2015, at exactly 11:30 a.m. Representatives of the university, the Bavarian Free State and numerous media representatives admired the building at that time. Since then, sports activities and their research have been the focus of the new building. A huge multipurpose hall forms the core, the centre of the sports centre. CARL STAHL ARCHITECTURE is also part of the well thought-out concept.

Sports science on 300 square meters

Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, the Bavarian State Minister for Education, Culture, Science and Art, who will be in office from 2013 to 2018, performed the ceremonial act on this cold January day. The new building provided the University of Passau with an effective increase in space of more than 300 square metres. What at first glance appears to be only a small step is the centre for many important sports science areas in the Bavarian city.

Within the scope of sports studies, students can now study the subjects ...

  •  Sports at grammar schools,
  •  Sports at primary, secondary and grammar schools,
  •  Sport Hauptschule (didactics) and
  •  Primary school sport (didactics)

... study.

Clever people do research in sports

In the meantime, the rooms of the new sports centre have been used to accommodate the university's expanded cardio and fitness studios. Seminar rooms as well as offices have been furnished so that students and lecturers can also work here. Extra research and diagnostic laboratories have been created for the analytical part of the work. Here the scholars pursue unresolved questions from the subject areas of training and movement sciences. In this way, not only are questions discussed and clarified, but the scientific profile of the University of Passau is also increasingly sharpened.

An unusual project in terms of construction

According to his status, the architect of the sports centre also comes from the city of three rivers. Walter Schwetz planned and built the building on behalf of the state building authority of his home town. Among other things, he used heat-insulated exposed concrete for the construction. The unusual and ingenious - he used it to build the load-bearing exterior walls. In addition to an ornamental appearance, this created another advantage. Due to the heat-insulating properties of the exposed concrete, no further heat insulation measures had to be applied and installed.

In the interior of the sports centre, the architect ensured the safety of the spectators, who can watch high-class indoor sports here with enthusiasm. At the edge of the spectator terraces he installed a springy, yet highly stable safety mesh. The X-TEND stainless steel safety mesh along the entire perimeter ensures that no one can accidentally fall down from the balustrade, which is several metres high. This means that spectators can watch volleyball or basketball matches with enthusiasm without having to fear falling down while cheering.

Clear design language and excellent safety concept

Before construction was opened in 2015, the work was examined by the team led by Norbert Sterl, head of the building construction division at the state building authority. For him the verdict was clear. According to his own statement, he not only appreciated the clear design language and the solid building corners made of the insulating exposed concrete, but the safety provided by the X-TEND stainless steel mesh also gave his department many thumbs up. The expert also praised ...

  •  the corner risalite,
  •  the room-high glazed clasp and
  •  the careful framing of the exercise rooms into the existing ambience.

Viewed from outside, the fine surface structure of the exposed concrete walls can be admired. This structure, which is also to be emphasized haptically, was achieved by the formwork made of chipboard.

Rapid construction

The planning for the sports centre of the University of Passau began earlier, and the companies involved began with the construction work itself in August 2013. The ground conditions along the Inn River posed a particular challenge. As is well known, the subsoil in this area is often unsuitable for heavy buildings. The responsible parties decided on a costly foundation. Stabilizing cast iron driven piles were sunk into the ground.

As planned, this safety measure enabled the construction work to be completed on time. Unofficially, the students and their professors were able to start work there at the beginning of the winter semester 2014/15. 

The costs for the extension of the sports centre

The Free State of Bavaria paid around one million euros for the new part of the sports centre. The investment will now benefit sport and its research at Passau's only university. With the completion of the construction work, all available construction areas of the university in the city of the three rivers are now fully developed.

With the X-TEND stainless steel safety mesh, CARL STAHL ARCHITECTURE is pleased to have made a valuable contribution to this special education and movement promoting project.

  • Project
    Sportscentre Passau, Berlin, Germany
  • Application

    Design of façade and fall protection

  • Products



    390 m2, ◊ 60 mm, ø 2 mm / ø 8 mm, ø 10 mm, ø 12 mm

  • Architect
  • Photographer
    André Kirchner