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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Category: Stadiums

First Velodrome in Luxembourg / by Metaform and Mecanoo

Metaform and Mecanoo, Luxembourg and Netherlands based architecture offices, have won a competition to design a new Velodrome and a Sports Complex in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg.

The Velodrome, Multi-Sports and Swimming Pool Complex project is inspired by its surroundings, a subtly undulating topography. The main challenge was to integrate all three functions under one roof while paying respect to the context and at the same time to create the architectural landmark for the city of Mondorf-les-Bains.
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Water Park Aqualagon in Villages Nature Paris / by Jacques Ferrier Architecture

Located by a large expanse of water, the aquatic park looks like a world that has emerged from the lake. Its origami form is an extension of the surrounding landscape. Culminating at around 35m, it offers spectacular views, becoming a symbol and a reference landmark of Villages Nature. The structure plays with the transparency and offers a new experience to the visitors, allowing a roof promenade made of waterfalls, mist, steam and aquatic plants that also help oxygenating the lake.
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Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center / by CannonDesign

An architectural icon for the community that speaks to the future of the city.

CannonDesign is proud to share the Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center, a new hub for recreational sports, wellness, and civic engagement located in this west St. Louis community, is open. Situated prominently along the city’s beltway and adjacent to Maryland Heights’ outdoor water park, the Center offers a prominent destination for residents with significantly improved space and a greater variety of activity areas for community use over their former facility on the same site.
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New National Stadium, Tokyo / by Zaha Hadid Architects

New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
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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.
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Addis Ababa Stadium / by LAVA

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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Behnisch Architekten wins World’s Best Sport Building at WAF Awards 2011

Speedskating Stadium Inzell, Germany, designed by Behnisch Architekten

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.
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CSKA Sofia Soccer Stadium Remodel / by Design Initiatives

CSKA Sofia Soccer Stadium Remodel / by Design Initiatives

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.
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LIVESTRONG Sporting Park / by POPULOUS

The design of Sporting Kansas City’s fan-oriented stadium, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, seeks to capture movement and motion by celebrating the beautiful game.


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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.
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