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Sports Architecture: The Latest Architecture and News

Chimneys, Overhangs and Anchors: The Architecture of Climbing Gyms

Climbers embrace their own type of architecture. Between barn doors, mantels and multi-pitch routes, rock climbing and bouldering take on a range of surfaces, materials and structures, whether outside or indoors. Today, more recreational centers and sports facilities are including climbing walls as the sport grows in popularity. As spaces to build strength and unwind, climbing gyms are built as their own interior worlds to explore. 

© Ralph Kämena© Stephane Brugger© Ed Wonsek© John J. Macaulay+ 17

Jong-Am Square / Simplex Architecture

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Japan National Stadium / Taisei Corporation + AZUSA SEKKEI + Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Center by SPF: architects to be Los Angeles' First NZE Construction

Designed by SPF:architects, the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Center in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, celebrates the center’s rich history and community commitment in an eco-friendly, prefabricated facility. Formerly known as the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, the center will expand the pre-existing structure and provide additional recreational facilities but in a cost-effective way. Construction has been ongoing since 2018 and is set to be complete mid-summer of 2021.

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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

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Equestrian Centre / Carlos Castanheira + Clara Bastai

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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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