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Australian projects recognised at 2021 IOC, IPC and IAKS international sport architecture awards

Australian projects recognised at 2021 IOC, IPC and IAKS international sport architecture awards
November 11, 2021

Australian projects the Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Rod Laver Arena, Ken Rosewall Arena and Coogee Surf Life Saving Club have been recognised at the 2021 International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) global architecture awards.

Recognising facilities that push the envelope of sporting and leisure facilities, four Gold, seven Silver and seven Bronze winning facilities received awards and distinctions, presented at a festive gala event during the FSB Trade Show in Germany last month.

Australia’s COX Architecture was awarded medals in the IOC, IPC and IAKS Silver Award category for its work on the Queensland Country Bank Stadium (undertaken with Counterpoint Architecture) and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, along with securing an IOC, IPC and IAKS Award Distinction for its work on the Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney Olympic Park and Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Allen Jack+Cottier Architects also received a IOC, IPC and IAKS Award Distinction for its design of the extension to the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney.

International practice Populous, which has offices in Brisbane, won an IOC, IPC and IAKS Gold Award for its work on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also received an IOC, IPC and IAKS Award Distinction.

Showcasing innovative, sustainable and inclusive sport and leisure architecture from around the world, the jury had to judge 86 projects from around the world, including work from Canada, Japan, Montenegro, Peru, Syria and the USA.

Demonstrating extraordinary design and functionality, the winners this year included projects such as community parks, ice rinks, and an acclaimed ski resort on top of a waste-to-energy plant.

The prizes were handed over by Marie Sallois-Dembreville, Director Corporate and Sustainable Development for the International Olympic Committee; Dr Mike Peters, Chief Executive of the International Paralympic Committee and IAKS President, Dr Stefan Kannewischer.

IOC, IPC and IAKS Gold Award Winners 2021

  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom - Architect: Populous
  • CopenHill, Copenhagen, Denmark - Architect: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Aquaticum Waterpark, Debrecen, Hungary - Architect: BORD Architectural Studio
  • Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - Architect: Nikken Sekkei + Shimizu Corporation

IOC, IPC and IAKS Silver Award Winners 2021

  • Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville - Architects: COX Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture
  • Ruit Multifunctional Shooting Hall, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany - Architect: Kauffmann Theilig & Partner
  • Hidden Creek Community Centre, Hillsboro, United States - Architect: Opsis Architecture
  • Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland - Architects: K2S Architecture and Architects NTT
  • Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - Architect: COX Architecture
  • Parc des Saphirs Ice Rink, Boischatel, Canada - Architect: ABCP Architecture
  • Concord Community Pop-Up Park, Vancouver, Canada - Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc

IOC, IPC and IAKS Bronze Award Winners 2021

  • Pep Park 100 M PEP, Solna, Sweden - Architect: Outer Space arkitekter
  • Game Streetmekka Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark - Architect: JAJA Architects
  • Camp del Ferro Sports Center, Barcelona, Spain - Architects: AIA Activitats Arquitectòniques and Barceló-Balanzó Arquitectes and Gustau Gili Galfetti
  • The Pavilion, Bend, United States - Architect: Opsis Architecture
  • Clayton Community Centre, Surrey, Canada - Architect: HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Paracelsus Pool and Spa Facility, Salzburg, Austria - Architect: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten
  • Montréal Golf Exécutif Clubhouse, Montréal, Canada - Architect: Architecture49

IOC, IPC and IAKS 2021 Distinctions

  • Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney - Architect: Cox Architecture
  • Freiham Sports Park, Munich, Germany - Architects: Georg Scheel Wetzel Architekten and Lützow 7 Müller Wehberg Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Minoru Centre for Active Living, Richmond, Canada - Architect: HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, Coogee, NSW - Architect: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects
  • Almeauen Flowpark, Büren, Germany - Architect: Maier Landschaftsarchitektur/Betonlandschaften
  • Bemax Arena, Podgorica, Montenegro - Architect: DBA Architects Ltd.
  • UFRJ Rugby, Hockey and Swimming Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Architect: Effect Arquitectura
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom - Architect: Populous
  • Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville - Architects: COX Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture
  • Pep Park 100 M PEP, Solna, Sweden - Architect: Outer Space arkitekter

IOC, IPC and IAKS Architecture and Design Award Winners
Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals 
• Low Line Sports Park, Jianyang, China
- Designed by Zeng Wujingting.

• Moyobamba Sports and Recreation Center, Moyobamba, Peru
- Designed by Enrique M. Galvez Gonzales.

• Sport Science & Digital Art Arena, Osaka, Japan
- Designed by Ryo Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Utagawa and Yuki Saito
• The Granville Gateway, Vancouver, Canada - Designed by Narita Reyes Ico.
• VARSO SPORT, Warsaw, Poland - Designed by Marlena Michalska, Anna Czapla and Filip Gawin

Click here for more information on the Awards

Images: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville - COX Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture (top, credit: COX Architecture), Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, Coogee, NSW - Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (middle, credit: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects) and 2021 Gold Award Winners at the IOC, IPC and IAKS Architecture and Design Awards (below, credit: Koelnmesse/Uwe Weiser).

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Nigel Benton is the co-founder and Publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

In 2020, he launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

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