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IAKS awards excellence in aquatic, recreation and sport facility architecture

IAKS awards excellence in aquatic, recreation and sport facility architecture
October 24, 2013

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) have honoured this year's winners of their international architectural awards for sports and leisure facilities with a gala event. The prize-giving ceremony took place during the 23rd IAKS Congress in conjunction with FSB (the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities) on 22nd October 2013 in Cologne, Germany.

A jury with international personalities honoured three projects with IOC/IAKS Gold Medals, five with Silver, 12 with Bronze and argued for three Special Prizes. Five participants were awarded with an IPC/IAKS Distinction. The winning entries come from 13 countries worldwide.

The prizes were handed out by IAKS President Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, IPC President Sir Philip Craven and IOC Executive Board Member Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu.

Von Gerkan, Marg and Partner from Hamburg (gmp) are the most successful architects of this year's competition. They designed Bao'An Stadium in Shenzhen and the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre (both awarded a Gold medal) along with the Stadium Naradowy in Warsaw (Bronze).

The London Olympic and Paralympic sports facilities achieved success as well. They won five prizes in total, among them two IPC/IAKS Distinctions for their outstanding offerings to persons with a disability.

The IOC/IAKS Award is the only international architecture competition for sports and leisure facilities. This year 95 teams of operators and designers from 30 countries took part in the IOC/IAKS Award.

The IPC/IAKS Distinction is aimed at increasing the accessibility of all sports facilities and architectural projects in order to give opportunities to persons with a disability to practise and view sport freely and without barriers. For the IPC/IAKS Distinction, 31 entries have been received.

This year, the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS also launched the second Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals on innovative designs and concepts for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. This award aims at young architects and designers currently studying architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and general design, and at young professionals being in their first 2 years of their professional practice.

A total of 30 entries from 20 countries have been submitted. The jury awarded one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal.

Winners of the IOC/IAKS Award 2013

• Bao'An Stadium in Shenzhen, China
Architects: gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner with South China University of Technology
• Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark
Architects: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group with TOPOTEK 1
• Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China
Architects: gmp - von Gerkan, Marg and Partners with Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research and Tongji Design Institute

• London Olympic Stadium in London, United Kingdom
Architects: Populous
• Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton, Canada
Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in joint venture with HIP Architects
• Indoor Sports Stadium Milson Island, Australia
Architects: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects
• Sports hall CPC Chiasso, Switzerland
Architects: Baserga Mozzetti Architetti
• Auster Graz, Austria
Architects: fasch&fuchs. Architekten

• PGE Arena Gdansk, Poland
Architects: RKW Architekur + Städtebau
• Stadium Naradowy in Warsaw, Poland
Architects: consortium gmp-jsk-sbp
• Fodbold Eksperimentarium Herning, Denmark
Architects: GHB Landscape Architects with Centre for Sports and Architecture
• Heerenschürli in Zurich, Switzerland
Architects: TOPOTEK1 with Dürig AG
• Lentpark Cologne, Germany
Architects: Schulitz Architekten GmbH
• Hillcrest Centre Vancouver, Canada
Architects: Hughes Condon Marler Architects
• The Stork Nest Farm Olbramovice, Czech Republic
Architects: SGL Projekt
• Noor-e-Mobin sports hall in Bastam, Iran
Architects: Arash nasiri & ensieh khamseh (FEA studio)
• Karate-Dojo Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
Architects: KINO architects
• KAP 686 in Cologne, Germany
Architects: Metrobox Architekten
• Max Aicher Arena in Inzell, Germany
Architects: Behnisch Architekten with Pohl Architekten
• Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross, United Kingdom
Architects: FaulknerBrowns Architects

Special Prize
• Olympic Handball Arena in London, United Kingdom
Architects: Make Architects
• StreetMekka Copenhagen, Denmark
Architects: BBP Arkitekter AS
• Skatepark Tanzania in Dodoma, Tanzania
Architects: Maier Landschaftsarchitektur/Betonlandschaften

The winners of the IPC/IAKS Distinction 2013
• PGE Arena Gdansk, Poland
Architects: RKW Architekur + Städtebau
• Community Centre West Vancouver, Canada
Architects: Hughes Condon Marler Architects
• Abilities Centre Durham Whitby, Canada
Architects: Mark Berest, B+H Architects
• Olympic Handball Arena London, United Kingdom
Architects: Make Architects
• Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross, United Kingdom
Architects: FaulknerBrowns Architects


The winners of the Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals 2013

• Caribbean Arena by Aileen Gayko, Dresden (Germany)
• Activity Centre Odessa by Anna Khrystoforova, Odessa (Ukraine)
• Acoustic Hammam by Matt Ceckiewicz, Berlin (Germany)

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