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Japan Stands Behind Plans to Build Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Stadium

Despite harsh criticism for being too large and costly, Tokyo's 2020 Zaha Hadid-designed National Stadium will be realized. As USA Today reports, the Japanese government has announced its decision to move forward with the design, saying any major modifications would lead to construction delays. 

The 80,000-seat stadium has already undergone some design changes, due to backlash led by Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki; it's most recent design is said to be more "efficient, user-focussed, adaptable and sustainable." However controversy continues as the city and central government must now decide how to split the stadium's estimated $2 billion bill.

Family Box / Crossboundaries

  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect In Charge: Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers: Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Crossboundaries

Courtesy of Crossboundaries Courtesy of Crossboundaries Courtesy of Crossboundaries Courtesy of Crossboundaries

Thermal Springs Pools Poça da Dona Beija / m-arquitectos

  • Architects: m-arquitectos
  • Location: 9675 Furnas, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Arch. Fernando Monteiro, Arch. Marco Resendes, Arch. Miguel Sousa
  • Area: 154.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart

New Swimming Center in Brescia / Camillo Botticini + Francesco Craca + Arianna Foresti + Studio Montanari + Nicola Martinoli

  • Architects: Camillo Botticini, Francesco Craca, Arianna Foresti, Studio Montanari, Nicola Martinoli
  • Location: 25123 Mompiano BS, Italy
  • Architectural Design: Camillo Botticini, Francesco Craca, Arianna Foresti, Studio Montanari, Nicola Martinoli
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Niccolò Galeazzi

© Niccolò Galeazzi © Niccolò Galeazzi © Niccolò Galeazzi © Niccolò Galeazzi

Skate Park De La Mar Bella / Scob Arquitectura y Paisaje

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

'De Heuvelrand' Voorthuizen Swimming Pool / Slangen+Koenis Architecten

  • Architects: Slangen+Koenis Architecten
  • Location: Roelenengweg 41, 3781 BA Voorthuizen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis, Dean Moran, Robert de Boer, Sjef Vosters, Aad van den Berg
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcel van den Burg

© Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg

AECOM's Basketball Training Facility Encases a Diverse Range of Program in LA

AECOM has designed a $42,000,000 campus and training facility for a professional basketball organization in West Los Angeles. The building contains a basketball arena, corporate headquarters, a hall of fame, and gardens, among other programs. Despite the building’s varied uses, AECOM was determined to make it “basketball centric.”

Courtesy of AECOM Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio Interior Court Render / AECOM LA Design Studio Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

Skate Park Jardines de Aureà Cuadrado / Scob Arquitectura y Paisaje

© Adrià Goula  © Adrià Goula  © Adrià Goula  © Adrià Goula

Circulo Mercantil Industrial Sports Center / Manuel Quijano Vallejo

  • Architects: Manuel Quijano Vallejo
  • Location: Avenida Presidente Adolfo Suarez, 3, 41011 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Area: 2141.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Javier Orive

© Javier Orive © Javier Orive © Javier Orive © Javier Orive

Multipurpose Sports Hall and Secondary School Collège du Léman / Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher

Habitia H-Club / IDIN Architects

  • Architects: IDIN Architects
  • Location: Soi Thian Thale 28, Khet Bang Khun Thian, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10150, Thailand
  • Design Team: Jeravej Hongsakul, Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat, Sethapong Phisitthawanich, Wichan Kongnok
  • Landscape: Group Three Design Co., Ltd.
  • Area: 302.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio

Geopark / Helen & Hard

  • Architects: Helen & Hard
  • Location: Stavanger, Norway
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Helen & Hard, Tom Haga

Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard

Gallery: Inside Herzog & de Meuron's Bordeaux Stadium During Its Inaugural Match

© Philippe Caumes
© Philippe Caumes

Architectural photographer Philippe Caumes has sent us images from the open match at Herzog & de Meuron's newly completed Bordeaux Stadium in France. Sometimes compared to a classical temple, the all-white, rectangular stadium is distinct with a forest of slender columns touching down on an inviting grand staircase that ushers fans into its 42,000-seat "bowl." Take a look inside, after the break. 

© Philippe Caumes © Philippe Caumes © Philippe Caumes © Philippe Caumes

Sports And Show Hall Na Skarpie / Maćków Pracownia Projektowa

  • Architects: Maćków Pracownia Projektowa
  • Location: Bytom, Poland
  • Architect In Charge: Zbigniew Maćkówm Bartłomiej Witwicki, Agata Kowalczyk, Eliasz Matuła, Magdalena Paprotna, Zuzanna Wojtasiak
  • Area: 3285.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Krzysztof Smyk

© Krzysztof Smyk © Krzysztof Smyk © Krzysztof Smyk © Krzysztof Smyk

The New Bordeaux Stadium / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach (Partner in Charge)
  • Area: 77090.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Francis Vigouroux

© Francis Vigouroux © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Francis Vigouroux

8+8 Concept Studio Proposes Underwater Tennis Court in Dubai

Polish practice 8+8 Concept Studio has released images of a proposed underwater tennis court planned to be built off the coast of Dubai. Staged beneath an expansive glass roof that would put marine life on display, the radical proposal is being called into question as engineers debate its feasibility. As the Daily Mail reports, the scheme seems unlikely due to the challenges of manufacturing glass sheets large enough to span a tennis court and ensure that the structure is impact resistant. Refracting light is also a valid concern.

Sports & Arts Expansion at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

  • Architects: BIG
  • Location: Duntzfelts Alle 21, 2900 Hellerup, Denmark
  • Multi Use Hall & Gymnasium Partners In Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Finn Nørkjær
  • Multi Use Hall & Gymnasium Project Leaders: Ole Schrøder, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Frederik Lyng
  • Multi Use Hall & Gymnasium Team: Ana Merino, Anders Hjortnæs, Christian Alvarez, Dennis Rasmussen, Gül Ertekin, Henrick Poulsen, Hjalti Gestsson, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jacob Thomsen, Jeppe Ecklon, Ji-young Yoon, Michael Schønemann, Narisara Schröder, Riccardo Mariano, Rune Hansen, Snorre Nash, Thomas Juul-Jensen, Vincent He, Xu Li
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Jens Lindhe, Rasmus Hjortshoj, Peter Moldow

© Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe © Rasmus Hjortshoj