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Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow

08:00 - 16 June, 2017
Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow , The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK

Few architectural typologies are more centered around the human experience than a sporting arena. The design of sports stadiums often feature notable architecture firms, such as Herzog & de Meuron’s design for Chelsea’s football stadium in London, and Kengo Kuma’s 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Recently, renowned design practice HOK tackled stadium design using an obvious yet untapped resource in the design of rugby stadiums –rugby players themselves. 

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, met with legendary rugby players Jamie Roberts (Wales), Tim Visser (Scotland), James Horwill (Australia) and Danny Care (England) to capture their ideas, both as players and fans. The findings were collated into a video by HOK, which you can watch below.

The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK Fiber optic pitches could display real time information to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK +14

99% Invisible Recalls the Unknown Arts Awards of the Olympic Games

14:00 - 23 April, 2017
London Olympic Stadium by Populous. Image © Morley von Sternberg
London Olympic Stadium by Populous. Image © Morley von Sternberg

We’ve all heard of the record-breaking times, longest distances and of course, winners of those coveted medals, but according to 99% Invisible there is a lesser-known Olympic Games honor participants have received: awards in architecture. In an article tracing the history of this bizarre tradition, Kurt Kohlstedt explores how medals were awarded to five categories of the arts during the Olympic Games, presented to participants alongside their sporting competitors.

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England

12:30 - 6 April, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England, Courtesy of Ecotricity
Courtesy of Ecotricity

British green energy company Ecotricity has revealed plans for a new Zaha Hadid Architects-designed green technology hub in Stroud, England. The project, known as the “Gateway to Stroud,” will consist of several greenhouse-like buildings and a wooden footbridge that will connect the campus to the future all-wood stadium for the Forest Green Rovers football club, also designed by ZHA and revealed late last year.

Planned as a center for local sports and sports science, the ECO park will provide state-of-the-art office space for environmentally-focused companies as well as public access to a wide range of health and leisure activities.

Courtesy of Ecotricity Courtesy of Ecotricity © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA +9

BIVAK's Competition-Winning Proposal for Hungary's Rowing Championships

16:00 - 19 March, 2017
BIVAK's Competition-Winning Proposal for Hungary's Rowing Championships, The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK
The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK

BIVAK Architecture and Design has won a competition to design a rowing arena in Hungary for a host of championships taking place in the country in the coming years. The competition, hosted by the Hungarian Rowing Association (MKKSZ) and Hungarian Academy of Arts, was open to architects under 40 years of age. BIVAK’s winning proposal, announced in February 2017, centers on a 90-meter-long tower ‘gliding’ above the water.

A slender 90-meter-long tower is supported on columns. Image Courtesy of BIVAK The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK Physical model. Image Courtesy of BIVAK The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK +10

Watch the Construction of Roland Garros' New Tennis Stadiums in These Animations

16:15 - 8 February, 2017


Modernisation de Roland-Garros by FFT

Stade du Roland Garros, home of one of tennis’ four grand slam tournaments, the French Open, has revealed animations of the two new stadia planned for the historic park grounds. The renovations will include a $400 million redesign of the event’s main stadium and a brand new greenhouse-inspired court, the first of its kind at a major tournament.

Court Philippe Chatrier. Image © FFT / Architects: ACD Girardet and Associates / Daniel Vaniche and Associates / Perspective: 3dfabrique Court des Serres. Image © FFT / Architect: Marc Mimram / Perspectiveist: Cyrille Thomas Roland Garros Village. Image © FFT / Architects: Atelier d'architecture Chaix & Morel and associates / ACD Girardet et associés / Paysagistes: Team Corajoud / Perspectiviste: 3dfabrique Roland Garros Village. Image © FFT / Architects: Atelier d'architecture Chaix & Morel and associates / ACD Girardet et associés / Paysagistes: Team Corajoud / Perspectiviste: 3dfabrique +8

HKS Designs New Ballpark for MLB's Texas Rangers

12:00 - 6 January, 2017
HKS Designs New Ballpark for MLB's Texas Rangers, © Texas Rangers Baseball Club / HKS
© Texas Rangers Baseball Club / HKS

HKS Architects has been selected to design a new Major League Baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers, to be built in Arlington, Texas. As part of a new multipurpose sports and entertainment venue, the stadium will feature a retractable roof for climate control and shelter during the hot Texan summers.

Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium

14:00 - 20 December, 2016
Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium, Courtesy of Cox Architecture
Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Cox Architecture has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, Australia, beating out finalist proposals from BVN Architecture, Hassell and Populous. With a roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree, the new stadium will provide seating for 25,000 spectators as the new home to the National Rugby League’s North Queensland Cowboys. 

Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture Courtesy of Cox Architecture +4

SHoP + Rossetti to Complete $140 Million Renovation of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland

12:15 - 15 December, 2016
SHoP + Rossetti to Complete $140 Million Renovation of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers
Courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers

Quicken Loans Arena, home of the current NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, is set to receive a $140 million transformation. Designed by SHoP and Rossetti, the project will consist of significant upgrades to address the arena’s structural and operational deficiencies and improve the overall fan experience.

Courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers Courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers Courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers Courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers +10

Zaha Hadid Architects' Competition-Winning Design for Forest Green Rovers Will Be World's First All-Wood Stadium

11:45 - 3 November, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects' Competition-Winning Design for Forest Green Rovers Will Be World's First All-Wood Stadium, Exterior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Exterior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as the winner of an international competition to design a new football stadium for the Forest Green Rovers in Stroud, UK. Following a seven month competition featuring over 50 entries from around the world, ZHA was selected over finalist Glenn Howells Architects for their all-wood proposal. When finished, the stadium will be the first in the world to be built entirely out of wood.

Exterior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Interior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Interior Rendering. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Phase 1 Seating. Image © VA. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects +6

Copeland Associates Architects Design New Soccer Clubhouse in Auckland

06:00 - 10 August, 2016
Copeland Associates Architects Design New Soccer Clubhouse in Auckland, Courtesy of Copeland Associates Architects
Courtesy of Copeland Associates Architects

The largest football club in New Zealand, the Three Kings United Football Club, is set to receive a new headquarter and community center at Keith Hay Park in Auckland. Designed by Copeland Associates Architects (CAA), the single storey pavilion sits on a raised plinth to elevate it from the flood plain and gives spectators a greater vantage point over the surrounding sports fields. Comprised of predominantly lightweight, prefabricated elements, the building has a sense of lightness which increases in accordance with its greater transparency at the northern end.  

Courtesy of Copeland Associates Architects Courtesy of Copeland Associates Architects Courtesy of Copeland Associates Architects Copeland Associates Architects Design New Soccer Clubhouse in Auckland +12

Perkins+Will Design New Sports Therapy and Research Center for The Dallas Cowboys

08:00 - 22 June, 2016
Perkins+Will Design New Sports Therapy and Research Center for The Dallas Cowboys , Elevational View. Image Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Elevational View. Image Courtesy of Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will designed a sports therapy and research centre for a new collaboration between the Dallas Cowboys and healthcare provider Baylor Scott & White. To sit within the Cowboy's new 91-acre campus, the mixed-use medical facility will provide necessary care and training facilities to athletes of all levels, including the Dallas Cowboys themselves.

AD Classics: Bergisel Ski Jump / Zaha Hadid Architects

03:00 - 9 May, 2016
AD Classics: Bergisel Ski Jump / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

Situated on the peak of Bergisel Mountain above the picturesque alpine city of Innsbruck, Austria, the Bergisel Ski Jump represents the contemporary incarnation of a historic landmark. Designed by Zaha Hadid between 1999 and 2002, the Ski Jump is a study in formal expression: its sweeping lines and minimalist aesthetic create a sense of graceful, high-speed motion, reflecting the dynamic sensation of a ski jump in a monumental structure that stands above the historic center of Innsbruck and the mountain slopes around.

© Helene Binet Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Helene Binet +27

FC Barcelona Explains the Design and Construction of the New Camp Nou in these Videos

08:00 - 23 April, 2016


At a press conference on Thursday, FC Barcelona presented the design of the new Camp Nou, a project led by Nikken Sekkei (Japan) with Joan Pascual i Ramon Ausió Arquitectes (Barcelona), who won the international competition in early March.

Alongside the team's players, the board of directors chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu presented the model of the project, which will begin construction in mid-2017 to expand the stadium's capacity to 105,000 spectators. In addition, the organization published a series of videos about the project, including an explanation of how the expansion will take place without affecting a single football match.

OMA Reveals Plans to Redevelop Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus

12:35 - 6 April, 2016
OMA Reveals Plans to Redevelop Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus, "Stitch" Layout. Image © Robota
"Stitch" Layout. Image © Robota

Two conceptual plans designed by OMA have been unveiled for the redevelopment of Washington DC's 190-acre Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium-Armory Campus site. Released by Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, the phased design concepts aim to "leverage the District's waterfront, provide neighborhood serving amenities and connect the current site with increased and sustainable green space, flexible recreational fields and natural access to pedestrian-friendly paths."

U.S. Bank Stadium: A Game-Changing, Multi-Purpose NFL Stadium

12:00 - 28 March, 2016
U.S. Bank Stadium: A Game-Changing, Multi-Purpose NFL Stadium, Sun on West Glass. Image Courtesy of Minnesota Vikings
Sun on West Glass. Image Courtesy of Minnesota Vikings

Architecture's ability to bring people together is perhaps one of its greatest, awe-inspiring traits. And while the "bringing people together" part is usually meant figuratively, there is no building type quite as marvelous as the stadium, a place that literally gathers tens of thousands of individuals in one place, at the same time. Though the legacy of the stadium as a building type is already rich and storied, a new chapter in the history of American sports architecture will surely begin with the imminent opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

BIG Redskins Stadium Designed for More Than Just Football

12:00 - 14 March, 2016
BIG Redskins Stadium Designed for More Than Just Football, Courtesy of Redskins an CBS News
Courtesy of Redskins an CBS News

BIG has revealed their concept for the Redskins new stadium complex. Complete with a moat, the semi-transparent, undulating structure was designed to redefine the American stadium. Rather than being (mostly) preserved for game-day, BIG envisions the stadium to be a year-round destination used for more than just football.  

“The stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, like the pre-game, as for the game itself,” Bjarke Ingels said on 60 Minutes. “Tailgating literally becomes a picnic in a park. It can actually make the stadium a more lively destination throughout the year without ruining the turf for the football game.”

Nikken Sekkei to Design New Camp Nou

14:00 - 8 March, 2016
Nikken Sekkei to Design New Camp Nou, Design of the new Camp Nou. Image Courtesy of FC Barcelona
Design of the new Camp Nou. Image Courtesy of FC Barcelona

Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei, in collaboration with Joan Pascual-Ramon Ausió Arquitectes, has been chosen to design the new Camp Nou stadium for FC Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. The winning team was chosen over three other finalistsHKS + COX + Batell i Roig Arquitectes; BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes; POPULOUS + Mias Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The new design intends to compliment the recently unveiled New Palau Blaugrana, FC Barcelona's main basketball arena that will be designed by HOK and TAC Arquitectes. All this is happening alongside the Espai Barça remodel that is expected to begin in 2017 and complete by 2021.

NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track

17:00 - 7 March, 2016
NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track, © Grimshaw
© Grimshaw

NOW Architects and Grimshaw have been selected to design "LetsRun Park" - a new home for horseracing in the South Korean city of Yeongcheon. Selected through an international competition by the Korea Racing Authority and International Union of Architects, the team's masterplan calls for new racecourse and equine-themed family park on the 148 hectare site.