O Jogo Bonito - The Technique Wall
Throughout the design process the client has had a very clear vision for the spaces they wanted included in the soccer facility. One specific element was a 10’ tall technique wall for athletes to practice kicking against. How does one incorporate a 10’ tall wall without blocking visibility or creating long runs of ramps or stairs? Although this site looks decently flat to the naked eye, there is actually about 15’ of grade change from south to north, which worked to our advantage when locating the Technique Wall. We used the wall to lower the Heart, Mind, and Body fields and create a specific technical training space. For the final design, the wall is slightly smaller at 8’ tall. In addition, it is only retaining 4’ of soil with 4’ of wall above grade for fall protection. This wall ended up being about 250’ in length. That’s about 2000sf of wall to kick against. Imagine all the students a coach can have kicking against that!
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