The blog of Simon Kennedy, Architectural Photographer based in London.
The completion of the 6,060 m2 Cambridge Sports Centre in summer 2013 marked the first phase of this long-term, comprehensive strategy for sporting infrastructure and a world-class sports facility. This phase includes a sports hall and gym, with a new 50 metre swimming pool and a tennis hall to be delivered in future stages when funding is secured.
Through its use of natural ventilation and daylighting, and an integrated approach to sustainability, engineering and architecture, the building provides a unique environment for sport. The main multipurpose hall is naturally lit and ventilated, primarily through the incorporation of mechanically operated, louvred north lights. These north lights emerge from the domed roof and support solar collectors which reduce the energy required to support the building’s requirements for hot water.
The lightweight steel structure comprises of a series of Vierendeel trusses which frame the north lights, span 38m across the sports hall, and extend the full 65m breadth of the building.
(Architectural photography completed over 1.5 days, all images copyright Simon Kennedy. If you wish to use any of these images for any purpose please email me at email@example.com.)
Exterior photograph of Arup Architects scheme in Cambridge
Exterior facade cladding detail photography
Recess and Timber screen photograph
Entrance and elevation of external timber seating
Interior of ceiling structure with north lighting
Upper level hall provides views to the landscape
Upper level hall photograph
Basketball court in use
Skylights and internal lighting
Interior photography of squash courts
Photograph of the fitness gym
Interior architectural photography, London
Perimeter jogging track
The upper level sports hall
Interior photograph showing fencing in the upper hall
Photograph of foyer
Exterior rooftop cladding
London Architectural Photographer
Building approach from the road
External architectural elevation at dusk photograph