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Zaha Hadid Architects has won the international competition to build the new National Stadium of Japan. The Practice, which produced the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, was selected ahead of 45 other international architecture firms for the US $1.62bn development.
Football and athletics-loving Ethiopians will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a competition winning design combining local identity with new technology. LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village, held by the Federal Sport Commission, Ethiopia.
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Speedskating Stadium Inzell, Germany, designed by Behnisch Architekten, has won the ‘World’s Best Sports Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011.
The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.
Designed to host the World Single Distant Speed Skating Championships 2011, the Speedskating Stadium in Inzell upgraded the existing outdoor speed-skating track through the construction of a high-performance intelligent roof structure. This improved arena can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators and offers maximum flexibility for large scale world class competitions as well as regular seasonal speed-skating training.
This is a remodeling project of the club stadium of the Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia to meet Category four of UEFA stadium standards. It mainly includes a new addition of a visor roof over the existing 22,000 seats. The visor roof can be executed in metal sheathing or lightweight translucent tensioned membranes. The original structure was built in 1923 over dirt banks in the middle of Knyaz Boris’ Garden – the central park in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. The last substantial remodel was completed in 1967.
The design of Sporting Kansas City’s fan-oriented stadium, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, seeks to capture movement and motion by celebrating the beautiful game.
© Alistair Tutton Photography 2010
The repeating angular metal fin exterior represents the ‘body,’ or the players’ athleticism. The signature roof canopy mimics the long floating arc of a soccer ball as it soars across the field. Its polycarbonate panels create an intimate, yet grand scale. The canopy covers every seat in the stadium and also adds to the game experience by amplifying crowd noise.
Project description of Football Stadium PC Bate Borisov by OFIS:
The stadium is going on site at the end of 2010 since opening is planned for 2012, when the City of Borisov celebrates a significant anniversary. Distribution of the program takes into account the natural advantages of location and existing interventions in the terrain and the fact that the stadium has 13.000 seats, has to obtain 4stars according to UEFA categorization and have additional 3.000m2 of public program. The stadium with external arrangements has to provide quality traffic organization and controlled / separate access during the match and in everyday use. Position also maintains the most of existing trees on the site. The final aspect of the complex is a recognizable image of the dominant facility, placed in soft greenery. The stadium will have its own, distinctive modern character and will be based on environmental and user friendly approach. Stadium arena forms unified rounded dome impression of a single enclosed object. Despite its middle size has impression of large, dominant and powerful landmark. Internally, a rounded arena provides good acoustics and extroversive atmosphere during the game for both, players and fans. And during training time allows introverted concentration on the game.
Project description of Stadium Euroborg by Wiel Arets Architects:
The multifunctional Euroborg stadium is a catalyst for a multiplicity of amenities that do not compete with the facilities in the city centre, but reinforce Groningen’s key position in the north of Holland. The complex houses theatres, sports facilities, shops, offices, apartments and catering establishments, in a synergy that benefits both users and facility managers. Rather than a conventional stadium with a football pitch, Euroborg will be a sort of microcosm where social interaction and social control go hand in hand. The stadium itself is an empty space constructed under architecture, with capacity for 22,500 spectators. It can be adjusted to reflect its use, which can be related to the activities of the entire complex.
The image of Cape Town is uniquely characterized by the interaction of Table Mountain and Signal Hill, a soft, hilly landscape and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean. Greenpoint Stadium is situated as a solitary body, embedded in Greenpoint Common at the foot of Signal Hill and is ordered respectfully into the landscaped complex.