Good work takes time, but 20 years seem like a bit of a stretch. However, now that the Tüskecsarnok or “Spike Hall” sports complex is finally complete, the modern and beautiful arena will serve as a venue suitable for both cultural and sporting events. What’s best is it’s right near the university quarter, offering new options for students to play a huge range of sports.
After 20 years of goofing around, the decision was made in 2012 to complete the construction of Tüskecsarnok. The tender for the hall’s design was won by the design office, A&D Studio, led by Ernő Rubik, back in 1993, and the hall that was completed recently reflects the ideas of architects Antal Lázár and Péter Magyar.
Tüskecsarnok (“Spike Hall” in English) got its name from its characteristic, pyramid-like, 6 meter tall roof windows. This unique solution makes the arena very bright and light-filled, so during the day artificial lighting is completely unnecessary. At night, the lighting concealed within these “spikes” create an unusual sight after dark. With this solution, the creators have created an “inside out” illuminator.
There is space for about twenty sports including handball, hockey and basketball. The main hall is complemented by several smaller spaces, which means that four smaller and one bigger gym, two professional squash courts, a fitness room, hot tubs and saunas. These are complemented by several dressing rooms, including some with disabled access. The courts and open training sessions are open for studentswith various discounts. The facility’s two-story parking garage offers plenty of parking spots.
The massive building is perfectly suited for cultural events and theatrical productionsand it’s expected to be highly utilised. Tüskecsarnok is likely to help Budapest securemore international sport events for the capital, which is a benefit for Hungary. The complex has already sprung into life, and it’s important to mention that, in addition toprofessional athletes, the sports arena andsoon-to-be-built swimming pool welcomes recreational athletes, which is really good news for the students of nearby universities.
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