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Archi-Tectonics' Hangzhou Asian Games Park for the 2022 Asian Games Nears Completion

Archi-Tectonics has designed the master plan for the Hangzhou Asian Games Park for the 2022 Asian Games, as well as two arenas. Nearing completion, the tennis table and field hockey stadiums have topped out bringing the 116-acre complex into its final phases. Once the Games end, the new interventions will adapt to new uses, “becoming a signature public recreation complex for the city”.

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St. John’s Institute Sports Pavilion / Archetype Architecture

© Adriel Lim© Adriel Lim© Adriel Lim© Adriel Lim+ 22

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Big Ass Fans, Enscape, Lumion, Boysen, +5

Equestrian Centre / Carlos Castanheira + Clara Bastai

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Leça da Palmeira, Portugal

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira + 17

  • Architects: ateliermob
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  320
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

The World's Largest Soccer Stadium Breaks Ground in Guangzhou

On April 16, a ground-breaking ceremony was held in the city of Guangzhou, China, for what is to be the world’s largest soccer stadium. The most controversial aspect of the project was not its $1.7 billion price tag, but its bold lotus shape causing a backlash from the local architectural community but praise from the general public.

Dashte Noor's Gym Building / Narges Nassiri-Toosi

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  405
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Skate Park Nou Barris / SCOB

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: SCOB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2239
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lamp Lighting

AD Classics: Bergisel Ski Jump / Zaha Hadid Architects

This article was originally published on May 9, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

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.

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Get To Know The 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums

France took home the gold in this year's World Cup, however, in four years time, the world will turn its eyes to Qatar for another round of soccer mania. Preparations for the 2022 World Cup are already in full swing, with the construction and restoration of 8 stadiums that will host teams and fans from across the globe.

Get to know the 8 Qatar 2022 World Cup stadiums below.

Paradigma Ariadne's Design for House With a Hundred Rooms Stretches into Visual Infinity

Renders by Whitebox Visual. Image Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné
Renders by Whitebox Visual. Image Courtesy of Paradigma Ariadné

Hungarian architects Paradigma Ariadné push the concepts of progression and growth to a literal spatial extreme in their proposal for a new sport complex for the MTK Football Academy. Drawing inspiration from the diagram of traditional European peasant houses, the design stretches into a kind of visual infinity, stacking all the rooms in the building along a single horizontal axis.

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Populous Creates Design-Build Group to Deliver Sports Venue Upgrades (Without Upsetting Fans)

As an industry populated by creators, the business of design is continually reconsidered and reshaped by processes of reinvention and experimentation. Rarely content with yesterday’s innovations in anything from modeling software to building materials, architects naturally look for strategic ways to gain maximum advantage in both building and business. Taking just such a creative approach to the challenge of improving athletic venues within the stringent time frame of a team’s offseason, the dominant Kansas City-based sports architecture firm Populous recently launched a standalone service that employs the efficiency advantages of a design-build firm to simplify and expand the process of implementing stadium upgrades without any disruption to the fan experience.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin by Populous. Image © Scott Tallon WalkerArena das Dunas, Brazil by Populous. Image Courtesy of PopulousBristol Arena, England by Populous. Image Courtesy of Bristol City councilFisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi by Populous. Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games+ 9

9 Inventive Large-Scale Stadiums and Their Constructive Details

Stadiums —new or remodeled— provide excellent and innovative examples of architecture on a large scale; they are required to shelter thousands of people, including the athletes of the games they host. In addition to the technical aspects and considerations related to sports, these structures apply interesting cladding systems, with some stadiums even generating the energy needed to function.

Read on for more about stadiums and their structures in detail.

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Arena at Seattle Center Aims for NHL Expansion Team with $600 Million Populous-led Renovation

Seattle’s historic KeyArena is set to receive a $600 million renovation that will transform the venue into the region’s “premier sports and entertainment destination” as part of plans to launch the city’s first-ever NHL team.

Designed by Populous, the renovation will open up the arena to its surroundings, specifically the 72-acre Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair and home to the currently under-renovation Seattle Space Needle. As part of the project, the sports venue will be rebranded as “The Arena at Seattle Center.”

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