Tennisdome for major events.
Up till now, large tennis events in the Netherlands have used temporary facilities. There is also no fixed location for the training of young talent. Centre Court offers both these facilities in one place. The building can also house other happenings such as opera, a circus or Holiday on Ice.
Centre Court can hold eight thousand visitors and can be used for large tennis tournaments as well as other activities. The neighbouring training centre offers twelve indoor and twelve outdoor courts. The shape of the Centre Court originates from the ideal lines of sight from the seats onto the court. Nobody has to watch from an inferior spot. The curved stands ensure maximum contact between spectators: not only a good view onto the court, but also atmosphere and the interaction with others are important reasons for visiting a match.
The transparent facade of the Centre Court gives the visitor an idea of his destination. Centre Court is surrounded by two stands. The entrances bring the visitor to a floor with bars, restaurants, commercial facilities and the entrances to the stands. The second floor is reserved entirely for offices, such as the office of KNLTB (the Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Association). The third floor holds the entrances to thirty-eight skyboxes, the fourth gives access to the seats in the upper ring. The construction of Centre Court consists of a steel spaceframe that follows the shape of the facade and the roof. By suspending the stands and floors to this construction the number of necessary columns is limited. The roof is a sort of diaphragm of triangular parts that can rotate. Similar to the diaphragm of a photocamera, the roof can be closed during bad weather.