SEB USIF Arena
The Uppsala wave
Uppsala student association’s tennis arena is situated on an old golf course. The sports hall is located where the woods and the city meet, the architecture clearly inspired by the surroundings. The roof is a landscape of green grass, which draws nature up along the distinct wooden façade and onto the roof. The green roof retains rainwater, contributes to the biodiversity of the area, and in the summer evaporation has a cooling effect inside the hall. The wavy shape is inspired by the trajectory of a tennis ball in the air, thus the distinctive architecture provides ideal conditions for playing tennis in the hall, which also has facilities for basketball and squash. Inside, materials such as white-painted steel, concrete and wood provide a clear setting. The curved glue laminated wood beams that support the roof meet in the centre of the hall where they rest on large concrete foundations. Here, a balcony with a lounge area offers views of the entire hall. Beneath the arched ceilings, there is also space for conferences and events for up to 600 participants.