Speedskating Stadium Inzell, Germany, designed by Behnisch Architekten, has won the â€˜Worldâ€™s Best Sports Buildingâ€™ 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.
The building was selected by a panel of esteemed architects and designers, beating off competition from a shortlist of 10 entries.
Speaking at the WAF Awards 2011 Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: â€œThe World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. Attracting entries from internationally renowned practices to small local architects, the stellar quality of this yearâ€™s designs demonstrates their commitment to designing the worldâ€™s most exciting buildings. This year weâ€™ve attracted more entries than ever before, with over 700 submissions from 66 different countries. Our congratulations go to the winners for a truly accomplished project.â€
This is the 4th year the World Architecture Festival Awards have been presented, and by the end of the awards 38 WAF Awards will have been announced across the three main sections of Completed Buildings, Structural Design and Future Projects. The Festival culminates with the announcement of the prestigious â€˜World Building of the Year 2011â€™ award.
Previous winners include â€˜World Building of the Year 2008â€™ – Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects; â€˜World Building of the Year 2009â€™ – Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg, and â€˜World Building of the Year 2010â€™ – MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
The WAF Awards see unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the worldâ€™s biggest architecture contest. Unlike other architectural competitions, architects present their work in front of leading industry judges and a live public audience as they compete for the accolade of â€˜World Building of the Yearâ€™.