The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
Architecture Puzzler #498
If you were providing a covered area about 60 feet wide, 120 feet long, and 37 feet tall (18 by 37 by 11 meters), you would be accommodating which of the following? A basketball court, a covered tennis court, two covered volleyball courts, and/or an indoor soccer field.
A facility of this size is ideal for a covered tennis court. It works for a basketball structure, but is taller and longer than needed. Two volleyball courts require a 72-by-78-foot (22-by-24-meter) space, so although there is enough height and square footage in the 60-by-120-foot structure to accommodate volleyball, the space is not proportioned correctly. Indoor soccer is typically played on a field between 175 and 200 feet long and 80 to 90 feet wide (53 to 61 meters by 24 to 27 meters). So the 60-by-120 facility would be considered too small. But, speaking from experience, devoted soccer players will play nearly anywhere.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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