KS Cracovia 1906 Centennial Hall and Sports Center for the Disabled in Kraków, Poland, has become well-known in the worlds of architecture and sport. The Centennial Hall’s prestigious location, important social and sports functions, Kraków’s showcase and venue for national and international sports events – set high expectations that required special design and materials. Ruukki Polska delivered Liberta Cor-Ten® rainscreen panels for the façade. Our involvement in this project was awarded in two categories – with Cor-Ten steel, we helped to build the sports infrastructure and to create an architecturally impressive building.
Modern sports arena in historical surroundings
KS Cracovia 1906 Centennial Hall was designed by Biuro Projektów Lewicki Łatak, and its construction took two years. The hall was officially opened on May 10. It is located on Marszałka Ferdinanda Focha 40, on flat ground over which two historical landmarks dominate - Kopiec Kościuszki and Wzgórze Salwator.
One of the design restrictions referred to the hall’s height, which was limited so as not to intrude on an open landscape. This is why the sports field surface was placed around 4 m below ground, which makes it an unique solution.
This new, impressive sports arena and its horizontal structure are in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. The flat roof was covered with greenery, thus creating a huge 700-square metre terrace, which, thanks to a special ramp, can be accessed by disabled persons without using a lift.
Thanks to large glazing areas (around 1,000 m2) and the rusty, natural colour of Cor-Ten steel, the façade does not intrude on the green landscape. Ruukki Cor-Ten steel was chosen by the designers as the best material to blend with the surroundings.
Hall with no barriers and limits
KS Cracovia 1906 Centennial Hall and Sports Center for the Disabled is multifunctional and its facilities occupy three floors. The most important part is an indoor field 44 x 26 m, suitable for most sports played in the hall. The hall is fully adapted to the needs of disabled athletes, ready to host sports events and trainings, e.g. to Paralympic Games.
The stands can accommodate 788 fans. The many wheelchair places also mean disabled visitors can watch sports events without any problems. Additionally, the hall has rehab and sanitary facilities, a cafeteria, gym and conference room. The total useable area is 3,712 m2.
Ruukki among builders of Polish sports
The hall’s design has been commented on and acclaimed in both the architectural and sports world. Ruukki is a part of this success and our contribution was awarded with a bronze statuette for the use of Cor-Ten steel in the facade. The award highlighted our impact on the growth of modern sports and recreational architecture in the Małopolska region.
The award was presented at a special gala on September 26-27, at the headquarters of the Polish Olympic Committee in Warsaw. Adam Myśliwiec, Business Manager, Ruukki Polska, who received the award on behalf of Ruukki, says:
“For the KS Cracovia 1906 Hall, we delivered over 3,500 m2 of Liberta Cor-Ten 700 rainscreen panels. Due to their irregular arrangement on the façade they had to be made to 1 mm precision. Some Cor-Ten panels are installed inside the building. In order to obtain a uniform colour, the claddings were pre-patinated and then covered with a transparent protective lacquer by the installation company. We are very pleased with the final effect and really proud to be a part of this project.”
3 awards for Ruukki for Cor-Ten facades!
Ruukki received also a second award for KS Cracovia 1906 – the hall received the title of the Sports Architecture of Małopolska Region in 2018, granted to buildings that, in addition to their sports function, are distinctive due to their architectural features. The similar title, but in Mazowieckie Region, was awarded to WUM Sports and Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw – its façade was made of Cor-Ten flat sheets.
KS Cracovia 1906 Centennial Hall and Sports Center for the Disabled:
Investor: Gmina Miejska Kraków – Zarząd Infrastruktury Sportowej w Krakowie
Design: Biuro Projektów Lewicki Łatak
General contractor: Skanska