SOTRA ARENA

Completed 2013
Straume, Norway
9200 m²

The new sports hall is located next to an existing sports field on the outskirts of Straume, a small town near Bergen.

The brief was to create two sports halls that could accommodate a variety of events and scenarios. The main hall has seating for 3000 spectators and can be used for international handball and basketball tournaments. The building also contains weight training facilities, communal rooms and offices for the local sports clubs.

The materials are robust and maintenance-free. Exposed, untreated concrete and oiled wood are used extensively in the interior. The main entrance and façade towards the sports pitch have painted wooden cladding. The rest of the exterior is zinc cladding and steel sandwich panels.