2021 is the year of sports – and not only in Graz, as the Summer Olympic Games have also been scheduled for this year. To mark this occasion, the HDA is showing selected buildings that offer a specific space for movement, catering to the most diverse forms of sporting activity.
Over time, architecture for various sports has changed and is no longer represented by the typology of the high school, with the spatial presence of increasingly sophisticated sports buildings becoming ever more diverse. Whether skateboarding, bouldering, swimming, skiing in the city, dancing or archery, every sport is expressed in an individual building shape suitable for the specific activity.
The spectrum of examples from all over Europe shown in the exhibition presents different planning as well as constructive approaches and also addresses historical and social questions about sport and exercise in everyday urban and rural life. All the selected buildings succeed in making a substantial and aesthetic contribution that extends beyond the urban or natural environment