Mar Thoma Community Sports Centre


Community Project

Shape Architecture was commissioned to develop an already planning approved scheme and complete its construction on site, alongside gaining a series of further planning permissions to develop the design.

The scheme consists of a sports hall with associated café, changing rooms and other supporting accommodation. Adjacent to this is a new Vicarage. The building is broken into a series of different volumes to reduce the potential mass of the structure and as such enable it to sit better within its suburban setting.

Mar Thoma Church

A series of pitched roofs are clad in zinc and in most instances have photovoltaic arrays fixed to them. The principle roof over the sports hall is also clad in zinc and has running down its centre a long linear rooflight.

This serves to create a striking internal environment flooded with natural light, one which is enhanced with a rhythm of exposed timber glulam arches. The Vicarage is clearly more residential but also characterised by a large number of windows ensuring the interior is filled with light and also make the most of the impressive vies over the sports ground it sits within.