Market hall – arena, Raron

Competition entry for a sports infrastructure, 2013

This project combines a cow-fighting arena, as they are still used in the Swiss canton of Wallis, and a market hall, fit together in a perfect circular arrangement.
The stand of the arena is made of 24 identical and prefabricated concrete elements. The market hall, a restaurant and other facilities fit underneath, creating a functional belt in the form of arcades. No additional and expensive buildings are needed. The arcades can be closed off for weather protection by a 200 m curtain.

structural engineer: Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Zürich
energy concept: Amstein + Walthert AG, Zürich