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Build start inked for Jihlava arena

Construction work is set to begin on a new multipurpose indoor arena in the Czech city of Jihlava next year.

The new 5,600 capacity venue, provisionally named the Jihlava Multipurpose Arena, will be built on the site of the city’s existing ice-hockey stadium, the CZ Loko Arena.

The €30 million multipurpose arena has been designed by architects Chybik and Kristof and is slated for completion in 2023.

Chybik and Kristof said the arena is a multifunctional space and extends the stadium’s original purpose by creating a versatile space, adapted to both its primary sporting purposes within state-of-the-art facilities and a broad spectrum of activities – and their respective audiences. The architects said:

Located on the border of Jihlava’s historical centre, the arena – a structure usually confined to the periphery of cities – is adjacent to a park and university and places itself in the continuity of these two spaces.

The new structure unfolds into four distinct buildings, two of which already exist, connected through open-air walkways and green spaces.

While the existing rectangular stadium undergoes full reconstruction and the sports academy is maintained as a key element of the site, they are both being refurbished to host new functionalities and better blend within the overall environment and its signature aesthetic.

At the heart of the project, a spacious new arena will take centre stage: a monumental structure, its materials and forms reflect the city’s Baltic origins – a reference likewise mirrored in the triangle-patterned façades of the various refurbished and new buildings in the complex.

The oval arena is structurally conceived as a versatile space: the interior space serves the locality as a hockey rink, an exhibition space, events hall, and concert venue, complemented by an indoor gym.

The venue will have an outdoor running track on the roof, further enriching the building’s sports functionality and inviting audiences to look upon the surrounding views of the city.

Image courtesy of Chybik and Kristof

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