architecture : urban : visual culture

Traditional Archery Center – Pécs

Traditional archery is gaining more and more popularity in our country and in Europe as well. The Archery Center designed by Zoltán Zrena is an enclosed, statuesque mass with its fine surface plasticity, which almost levitates over the urban squares and gardens. Like a fully drawn bow ready to shoot, or an arrow ready to be released.

Archery is a diverse traditional sport, which can be learned at a young age and instills a passion that can stay with us throughout our lives. In addition, archery is part history, our history. Even though it used to distance us from other people, it also provides a connection to them. Traditional archery is gaining more and more popularity in our country and in Europe as well, due to its spectacle, atmosphere and traditions.

The site chosen by my thesis, is located on the border of the peaceful city center and the bustling downtown of Pécs. The dimensions of the property allow us the creation of archery ranges for both historical- and indoors archery. In addition, the building humbly fits in to the archaic architecture of its environment due to its design and traversability.





The building would contain an archery store and rental place from the side of Rákóczi Street. The reception and changing rooms would be found on the side of Tímár Street. The two functional areas are connected via a hallway, which is also the location for an exhibition presenting the people and bows of Eurasia. Here one can compare and contrast the archery traditions and bow designs. The building also functions as an interactive museum, thereby it can be an addition to the cultural establishments of Pécs. The archery ranges can be found on the upper floor. The upper floor is also the location of a traditional tea house, along with an atrium, which brings a close intimacy with nature to the building.

The Archery Center is an exciting, enclosed, statuesque mass with its fine surface plasticity, which almost levitates over the urban squares and gardens; like a fully drawn bow ready to shoot, or an arrow ready to be released.

Zoltán Zrena







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