RedSeaZone Base

Architects: TFK
Lokation: El Gouna, Hurghada, New Marina Beach, Egypt
Area: 730 m2
Year: 2018
Category: A sports and leisure facility
Commissioned by: RedSeaZone – Polish School of Kitesurfing

At night on the 1st of September 2018 the RedSeaZone base burnt down. The main objective of the project is to reconstruct the base within the shortest period of time possible and extend its functional program.

The base is a one-storey L-shaped building. The two wings which are perpendicular to each other, encircle the private sandy beach. The building faces northeast to ensure the scenic viewpoint and direct access to the Red Sea situated about 100m away. The roofing of the building extends further than the external face of the courtyard walls, providing shade for the users. The outermost wing of the building accommodates a partly covered wooden terrace.

The main function of the base is to provide the essential range of services for kitesurfers. Equipment is stored is special stalls where they can be naturally dried before they are used again. Servicing and repairs are performed in the workshop. The design also includes changing rooms and a separate space for keeping valuables. There is a lecture room where newcomers can undergo training and where small meetings can be held. The building also houses an accessory store, an office section and public restrooms. Next to the concert section there is a catering space with a bar available for the users. The glazed and open sections of the building are situated in such a way so as to allow users to enjoy the seaside panorama. For those wishing to rest and relax there are sunbeds in front of the base and on the viewing terrace.

The building has a column and beam wooden structure, which is reinforced by boards used for the walls. The distances between the elements are determined by the wooden board modules accessible in Egypt. This solution was used to optimise the use of time and materials. Floors and terraces consist of a wooden framework covered with boards, whereas the roofing constitutes a textile material stretched across the roof beams.