Architect Florian Fisher teamed up with engineer Harald Fuchshuber to create a sports hall, situated in Haiming, a village located at the meeting of the rivers Inn and Salzach in Austria.
The duo was commisioned by local sports club SV Haiming, which had previosly been using a smaller hall for football and volleyball training. Thanks to beautiful location on the outskirts of the village, the design team of two had enough space to built a robust hall, big enough to satisfy the needs of the athletes.
This prefabricated timber sports hall has a shed-like appearance that references the form of vernacular agricultural buildings and warehouses in the Upper Bavaria, a region of Germany. The requirement to keep costs low led the duo rethink the usual use of timber construction. They decided to employ gang-nail trusses, which are formed using toothed metal plates to connect the timber beams. The resulting frames are cheap and straightforward to produce, and are typically used to construct prefabricated industrial buildings. Inside the sports hall, the space feels heroic, but also very functional and relaxed, while the wooden construction and an quality of light create warm and inviting atmosphere.