Yogapoints, sports placemaking by Studio KLAR


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How to create quality public space responding to the requirements of the Strategic Plan of the Region of Moravia-Slesia? By combining practicality and beauty in an architectural structure benefiting users: Yogapoints, by Czech architectural studio KLAR.

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Yogapoints, sports placemaking by Studio KLAR
Harmony with nature, lightness, accessibility and practicality are the keywords characterising Yogapoints, the latest project by Czech studio KLAR. Aware of the great importance of sports and nature as an attractor, but also for people’s physical and psychological well-being, the Region of Moravia-Slesia came up with a Strategic Plan setting a goal for adding to the attractiveness of the area, which borders on two different countries, Poland to the north and Slovakia to the east.
In detail, the brief required “a universal, easy to build, unique object to stand in the landscape. The project had to be fully operational even in bad weather conditions”. To limit the environmental impact on its natural surroundings, the object had to have a light structure, offering a floor on which to practice yoga or an alternative activity and relaxation.
Working on the concept for the brief, the architects of KLAR drew their inspiration from the discipline of Yoga itself, characterised by its holistic approach and respect for the environment. This explains why the proposed design of the constructions reflects stability, lightness, and simplicity as well as establishing a sense of belonging to nature through the choice of materials. 
All these reflections produced a small prefabricated architectural object, easy to build and appropriate for a great variety of locations: urban areas, resorts and natural outdoor landscapes. The architects’ response takes the form of a small pavilion made with a highly rational structure offering a surface for two people to exercise on, the Yogapoint. The materials used and the structure itself refer to the manual carpentry typical of the regions of the Beskydy and Jeseníky mountains, the highest and second-highest mountain chains in the Czech Republic. 
On the pavilion’s square platform, with its shallow base of concrete tiles, stand four solid columns bearing a grid of wooden beams. The wooden floor serves as a convenient yoga mat, while the shape of the symmetrically arranged columns evokes a certain degree of lightness or even fragility. But despite their appearance, they represent the stability of the object, dependably supporting the roof grid. The grid is not there for aesthetic reasons, but plays a specific role providing shade for the platform below. The supports cover the structure with a light, transparent roof material, responding to the criterion of usability even under poor weather conditions. 
KLAR’s Yogapoints are produced in two different sizes, 8.4 m²
and 27.4 m², for different settings. The project responds to all the requirements of the Region of Moravia: making public spaces more attractive in the region and improving users’ physical and psychological well-being, all in perfect harmony with nature. This is also because the pavilions invite users to pursue a healthier outdoor lifestyle, whatever the weather, thanks to the shelter offered by the elegant, practical and attractive Yogapoints.

Christiane Bürklein

Project: KLAR
Location: Malá Morávka, Karviná – Darkov Spa, Ostrava – Landek Park, Frýdek Místek – Olešná Dam, Trojanovice - Czech Republic
Year: 2021
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