12 stadiums that will host matches at the World Cup 2018 in Russia

With the FIFA World Cup 2018 kicking off today in Russia, here’s a look at all 12 of the stadiums that will be hosting games over the next month. Starting today, 14 June 2018, and continuing until 15 July 2018, the contest will see 32 national football teams compete for the coveted World Cup trophy. Matches will take

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Moscow’s historic Luzhniki Stadium refurbished for World Cup 2018

The opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 takes place today inside Russia’s national stadium, which has been overhauled by Moscow studio Speech. Built in 1956, Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow hosted key events during the Olympic Games in 1980 and is home to the Russian national football team. Speech has renovated the structure to meet FIFA standards, required for

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Domed sports hall by Sporadical is covered in scale-like aluminium shingles

Reflective aluminium panels cover the rounded shell of this school sports hall near Prague, helping to disguise its scale. The sports hall, designed by local architecture office Sporadical, adjoins a recently modernised and extended primary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, to the south of the Czech capital. In addition to providing a space for

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Demountable stadium hosts opening ceremony for Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics takes place today, inside a pentagonal temporary stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 35,000-seater arena will host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are being hosted just over a mile away, at the Alpesina ski resort. The £44 million stadium, which can be toured virtually

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Super Bowl stadiums of the past, present and future

Since the 52nd Super Bowl is taking place this weekend at a new stadium in Minneapolis, here’s a look at some of the other giant venues that have previously hosted, or will host, the NFL’s annual American football championship. US Bank Stadium by HKS, Minneapolis, Minnesota Super Bowl LII This year’s Super Bowl will be held at

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Atlanta stadium by HOK hosts American football games under retractable “petals”

Giant triangular panels overlap to surround this American football stadium in Atlanta by architecture firm HOK, which has a roof that “opens and closes like a camera aperture”. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August 2017, provides a large-scale entertainment venue for the city and a new home for the Atlanta Falcons. It replaces the

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Light Earth Designs creates sustainable cricket pavilion of self-supporting parabolic roofs

Three vaulted structures built using compressed soil-cement tiles form a canopy at this cricket pavilion in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, which looks out across the ground and a wetland valley. The pavilion for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium was developed by a British collective called Light Earth Designs that explores sustainable approaches to architecture and urban

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Copenhagen arena by 3XN has an undulating wooden facade that rises up above entrances

Danish firm 3XN has completed a large sporting and cultural arena in Copenhagen, featuring a glazed curtain wall wrapped in timber fins arranged to allow partial views of the interior. The 35,000-square-metre Royal Arena is situated in the Danish capital’s residential Ørestad Syd area and was designed by 3XN together with global architecture firm HKS

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Populous updates Lord’s cricket stand with fan-shaped roof

Splayed wooden ribs support the new gauze-like roof of the Warner stand at Lord’s cricket grounds, and was designed by Populous as part of a wider overhaul of the stadium. The update of the Warner stand is the first phase of a 20-year masterplan orchestrated by Marylebone Cricket Club, the owners of Lord’s, which will see extensive

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Populous and Egis unveil masterplan for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

A beach volleyball court will be installed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as part of the masterplan developed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by architects Populous and engineers Egis. Populous and Egis’ proposal will see 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues dispersed across the city, rather than corralled into a campus setting such as in previous

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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Colourful Paris basketball court updated with new hues

Ill-Studio and Pigalle have returned to a basketball court they previously overhauled with bold patterns, replacing primary colours with gradients of blue, pink, purple and orange. The Pigalle Duperré is sandwiched into a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. With support from sports brand Nike, creative directors Ill-Studio and fashion label Pigalle

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David Beckham scores land for Populous-designed football stadium in Miami

David Beckham’s plan to create a new professional soccer team for Miami is a step closer to kick-off – the British footballer has now acquired a plot of land to build a stadium on. The Miami Beckham United team, backed by the star, received approval from politicians in Miami-Dade county to buy the three-acre parcel of land in

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Wind tunnel allows monks to fly above Mailītis Architects’ amphitheatre in rural China

Monks perform levitation over a huge wind tunnel at this amphitheatre, which was designed by Latvian studio Mailītis Architects for a mountain range in central China. The Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre stands on a slope covered in cypress trees on Songshan Mountain – a mountain range in Henan Province. The mountains are home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shaolin Monastery, which is also considered to

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Jan Henrik Hansen adds futuristic badminton hall to Swiss sports centre

A+Awards: this badminton hall in a Swiss village, which looks more like a spaceport than a sports facility, received an Architizer A+Award last year. Jan Henrik Hansen Architekten extended the Sihlsports centre in the village of Langnau am Albis, so tennis and squash players could also partake in badminton. Based in nearby Zurich, the firm

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Wave-like facades wrap 3XN’s aquatic centre in southern Sweden

Danish practice 3XN has unveiled plans for a new aquatics centre in the southern Swedish city of Linköping, which will featuring undulating timber and glass facades. The Copenhagen-based studio won a contest to design the centre, seeing off competition from more than 40 entrants, including finalists Zaha Hadid Architects, Erséus Arkitekter, Henning Larsen Architects and Liljewall Arkitekter. The centre,

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Las Vegas hopes to entice Oakland Raiders with $1.9 billion stadium

This new stadium designed for the Oakland Raiders could facilitate the American football team’s proposed move to Las Vegas. The venue’s 65,000 seats would fit inside a bowl-shaped form, which would have an open side to the north and be topped with a transparent roof. Black bands curving around the structure also feature in the design

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NP2F Architectes squeezes football and tennis courts onto narrow Paris site

French studio NP2F Architectes has squeezed a football field, tennis court and running track onto a long strip of land in Paris’s Saint-Paul area. The practice had to work with a limited amount of land, as well as design facilities that wouldn’t detract from the appearance of the buildings on either side of the playing field. Different courts

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Construction work starts on Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium

Building work has begun on Kengo Kuma’s National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – the design that was controversially selected to replace Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning scheme. A ground-breaking ceremony for the latticed timber stadium was held on 11 December 2016. The ¥149 billion (£1.1 billion) structure is expected to complete in three and a half years’ time to host the Tokyo 2020

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Construction begins on massive stadium for American football team LA Rams

HKS Architects has revealed its design for the new home of American football team LA Rams, which will feature a giant, sculptural roof made of perforated metal and see-through plastic film. Encompassing nearly three million square feet (2.7 million square metres), the sports arena is now under construction in the Inglewood neighbourhood, just east of the Los Angeles

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Amanda Levete’s firm proposes multi-storey football pitches for central London

Stackable football pitches could be erected on disused or temporarily empty plots across London, according to Amanda Levete and her London-based studio AL_A. The concept, named Pitch/Pitch, aims to tackle the shortage of inner-city sports fields available in the centre of the UK capital. Designed by AL_A with Arup engineers, the modular system would comprise a lightweight carbon-fibre

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Zaha Hadid Architects to build world’s first wooden football stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a 5,000-seat stadium built entirely from wood, for the British football club Forest Green Rovers. The London-based firm set up by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid won an international competition to design the stadium for the National League team, seeing off competition from over 50 other entrants from Europe and

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Non-rectangular football pitches created in Bangkok slum

Unused patches of land in a densely populated area of the Thai capital have been transformed into a series of irregularly-shaped football pitches for local residents (+ movie). The Unusual Football Pitch project is the work of property developer AP Thai, with help from digital agency CJ Worx. The companies wanted create a space that could change the lives of young More

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Beams of daylight “streak across the walls” at Bing Thom’s aquatics centre in British Columbia

Canadian studio Bing Thom Architects has completed a community swimming pool building in suburban Vancouver, with a roof made from a series of giant trusses and skylights (+ slideshow). Encompassing 6,967 square metres, the Guildford Aquatic Centre is an addition to an existing recreational facility in Surrey – a suburban community just outside of Vancouver. The More

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Youth Arena by Vigliecca & Associados will transform mid-Olympics

Rio 2016: after it hosts the women’s basketball tournament at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, this venue will be overhauled halfway through the games to accommodate fencing (+ slideshow). The Arena da Juventude – or Youth Arena – was designed by Vigliecca & Associados, the local firm also responsible for the overall masterplan More

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Wilkinson Eyre’s Arenas Cariocas form the largest venue at Rio’s Barra Olympic Park

Rio 2016: London architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre has created a trio of conjoined venues to host a range of indoor events at this month’s Olympic games (+ slideshow). The Arenas Cariocas are located on Rio de Janeiro’s Barra Olympic Park, on the site of the city’s old Formula 1 racing track. At 400 metres long More

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10 of the best stadiums and venues from past Olympics

Rio 2016: events are in full swing at venues across Rio de Janeiro for this summer’s Olympics, so we’ve collected together 10 of our favourite stadiums and arenas that have hosted the games over the years to see how they compare (+ slideshow). Olympisch Stadion by Jan Wils, Amsterdam 1928 Amsterdam’s Olympisch Stadion was designed More

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Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics venues photographed by Leonardo Finotti

Rio 2016: explore the stadiums and arenas poised to host events during this month’s Olympic games in these images by Brazilian photographer Leonardo Finotti (+ slideshow). All eyes are on Rio de Janeiro as it gets set to put on the world’s biggest sporting event. Following Friday night’s opening ceremony, two weeks of competitions will More

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Rio 2016 Athletes Village remains unfinished ahead of Olympic Games

Rio 2016: more than half of the buildings set to house athletes during the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are still not fully ready, with less than two weeks to go until the start of the games. The Rio 2016 organising committee has admitted that 19 of the 31 towers that make up More

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Deodoro Olympic Park will host multiple sporting events during the Rio 2016 games

Rio 2016: a 2.5 million-square-metre area west of Rio de Janeiro has been transformed by Brazilian firm Vigliecca & Associados to become one of two major locations during the city’s Olympic and Paralympic games (+ slideshow). The Deodoro Olympic Park is the largest of Rio’s Olympic zones, and is set to host 11 Olympic and More

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Rio 2016 handball arena will dismantle to become four schools

Rio 2016: the handball arena set to host events during the Rio Olympics next month is designed to be taken down and rebuilt as schools around the city (+ slideshow). Local studio Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes worked with UK firm AndArchitects to create the 12,000-seat Future Arena. The box-shaped stadium is enveloped by rainscreens, More

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Ward Roberts’ photographs capture the colours of sports courts around the world

Photo essay: drawn to the bright hues painted on basketball, tennis and volleyball courts in low-income neighbourhoods, New York-based photographer Ward Roberts has scoured the globe to capture these pastel-toned pockets of urban space (+ slideshow). Initially aiming to document Hong Kong’s car parks, Roberts found a deeper connection with the city’s basketball courts and More

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Sound-amplifying stadium by Populous provides Lyon venue for Euro 2016

The firm behind the London Olympic stadium has built a new home for French football team Olympique Lyonnais, featuring an enormous fabric roof that amplifies the noise of the fans (+ slideshow). The Parc Olympique Lyonnais – nicknamed Stade des Lumières – was completed by Populous’ London office in time for France’s hosting of the 2016 European Championships, for More

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Six key stadiums hosting the Euro 2016 championship games

With the Euro football championship now underway, we’ve collected together everything you need to know about six of the tournament’s key venues, including a brand new stadium by Herzog & de Meuron. Stade de Bordeaux by Herzog & de Meuron The Bordeaux stadium comprises a sharp-edged rectangular roof supported by hundreds of slim white columns. It was completed last year More

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BIG reveals more images of Washington Redskins stadium design

BIG has now released a full set of images of its design for the new Washington Redskins American football stadium, revealing more activities that the venue could facilitate (+ slideshow). Bjarke Ingels’ firm envisions the building being set within a large amphitheatre-like park that could transform into a performance venue for up to 100,000 people. More

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BIG’s new stadium for the Redskins could offer abseiling, surfing and kayaking

Bjarke Ingels has unveiled his firm’s new stadium design for American football team the Washington Redskins, set to feature a moat offering an assortment of sporting activities. Although a location for the new Redskins stadium complex has not been chosen, BIG has already developed a design, which was unveiled on US television show 60 Minutes yesterday. Related More

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Grimshaw wins contest for South Korean horse “theme park” and race course

A team led by Grimshaw has unveiled its contest-winning design for a race course and horse “theme park” in South Korean city Yeongcheon. Grimshaw saw off competition from over 20 teams to win the bid for Let’s Run Park Youngcheon. The London firm teamed up with NOW Architects, as well as landscape firm Group Han Associates, engineer Dohwa Engineering and consultant DE More

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Koizumi Sekkei completes house in Japan with a basketball court at its centre

An indoor basketball court forms the atrium of this family home in eastern Japan by local firm Koizumi Sekkei (+ slideshow). The architecture and industrial design studio created Basketball Court House for a neighbourhood in Shizuoka, a coastal area that is also home to a cafe featuring road markings by Suppose Design Office and a concrete fish processing More

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BCQ completes sports hall with translucent polycarbonate skin

Barcelona studio BCQ chose translucent plastic panels for the walls of this municipal sports hall in Spain, giving the building an ethereal quality that helps it match the colours of the sky (+ slideshow). Located in Olot, in the municipality of Girona, the sports hall was designed by BCQ as a simple and visually lightweight addition to More

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Herzog & de Meuron reveals latest plans for Chelsea football stadium redesign

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled its final design for the revamp of Chelsea FC’s London stadium, with a brick and steel addition it describes as a “contemporary sculpted form” (+ slideshow). The Swiss firm is working with London architecture firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands on the overhaul of the west London football club’s 41,837-seat Stamford Bridge […]

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Snaking BMX race track installed in Toronto for Pan American Games

This undulating course was designed by Canadian firm Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects to host BMX races during the 2015 Pan American Games (+ slideshow). The local architecture studio designed the BMX Supercross Legacy Project for the sporting event, which was held in Toronto during July. Riders launched themselves onto the undulating dirt track via ramps enclosed in a board-marked concrete and steel-slatted structure. The […]

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Magma Architecture completes spiky shooting range for Pan American Games

The jagged outline of a maple leaf informed the profile of this shooting range in Ontario, Canada, which was designed by Berlin firm Magma Architecture for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Magma Architecture oversaw the creation of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games sport shooting venue, which hosted rifle, pistol and trap shooting events […]

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MVRDV completes Amsterdam tennis clubhouse with seating bowl on the roof

The roof of this bright red tennis clubhouse by Rotterdam firm MVRDV doubles up as an expansive seating area for game spectators (+ slideshow). Located in east Amsterdam on one the artificial islands that make up the city’s IJburg neighbourhood, the building provides a new facility for a tennis club established in 2008, which already […]

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LIFE / STOKKE ON THE GO #1

A new collaboration is up and this time I’ve teamed up with Stokke to capture two of my hotspots in Holland. So, have you ever wondered how I start my weekend? Every Saturday morning you can find me in the Haarlemmermeerse Bos for a work out. Normally it’s for a bootcamp session, but this time I took Enzo with me in the Stokke Xplory stroller for a powerwalk training. Nothing beats a good sweat in the fresh air after a long and hectic week. After every work out I always stop by the restaurant Vork en Mes (which means fork and knife) for a cup of coffee. This restaurant is located at the Haarlemmermeerse Bos and uses organic ingredients which are mostly self-grown. Besides the amazing quality of the food the building is also just beautiful with the greatest view over the lake. It’s where I reload and enjoy some time for myself, while my mother is watching over Enzo. And even though I normally always pay Vork en Mes a visit without Enzo, it was nice to spend some quality time together at one of my personal favourite spots. So to all you fitgirls and momma’s I highly recommend you to visit Vork en Mes one day. WEARING: MUUBAA OVERSIZED LEATHER JACKET, FRONTROW JACKET, JOGHA JUNGLE TIGHTS, ADIDAS SNEAKERS AND RAYBAN SUNNIES ENZO WEARING: DUDES AND DOLLS PANTS, YOUNG ONE APPAREL (BOTH AVAILABLE AT THE COLOR BLUE.NL), CONVERSE SNEAKERS AND HM CARDIGAN REVIEW OF THE STOKKE XPLORY: Besides that I love the design of the Stokke Xplory it’s really practical too. By reversing the seat you turn the stroller in to a chair for your little one, that way you can make any restaurant or cafe child-friendly. It’s super easy to fold in and out and therefor easy to take with you anywhere you go.

Populous unveils stadium design for San Diego Chargers American football team

This concept by architecture studio Populous for a new stadium in San Diego, California, features a sculptural facade clad in a kinetic screen that moves with the wind (+ slideshow). City officials have released the preliminary scheme for the controversial 68,000-seat sports arena – a design commissioned just six weeks ago. Under the current financing proposal for the stadium, […]

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Metal boxes sandwich a glazed atrium at university sports facility by Cox Architecture

Metal-clad boxes stand on opposite sides of a glazed atrium to form this sports education and training facility at the University of Canberra, which features an indoor sprint track (+ slideshow). Designed by Australian firm Cox Architecture, the University of Canberra Sporting Commons is the first phase in a masterplan for a new precinct to support […]

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Arup reveals plans for new AC Milan football stadium

News: engineering firm Arup has unveiled concept designs for a new football stadium with a removable roof for Italian football club AC Milan. Visualisations of the AC Milan home stadium show a football pitch sunken into the middle of a cluster of glazed blocks on a red flood-lit plaza in the centre of Milan. Some blocks feature […]
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Architects arrange French skatepark around an irregular maroon bowl

An irregular quatrefoil-shaped bowl made of maroon concrete is submerged into one side of this skatepark in northern France designed by architecture studios Planda and Constructo (+ slideshow). The distinctive red bowl forms part of a larger concrete and asphalt skatepark that covers an area of 2,055 square metres, making it one of the biggest in […]
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Herzog & de Meuron in the frame for Chelsea FC stadium expansion

News: Herzog & de Meuron is reportedly working on plans to revamp the west London home of Chelsea Football Club to make room for as many as 60,000 spectators. According to the Architects’ Journal, the Swiss firm led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron is working alongside Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to explore how Chelsea FC can increase capacity […]
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Sweco Architects modernises Swedish ski jumps ahead of 2015 world championships

Lights illuminate the plunging outlines of the two Lugnet Ski Jumps, newly restored by Swedish studio Sweco Architects with glass and steel edging (+ slideshow). Sweco Architects was commissioned to modernise the Lugnet Ski Jumps in Falun, Sweden, in preparation for the World Ski Championships in 2015. Related story: Olympic ski jump by terrain:loenhart&mayr This […]

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Melbourne floats proposal for artificial surf park

News: Melbourne surfers could ride 1.5-metre-high waves within a heated salt-water pool in plans set out by local firm Damian Rogers Architecture for the city’s docklands. Damian Rogers Architecture has collaborated with engineering giant Arup to conceive and propose the idea for Surf Park Docklands – a contained pool with that would filter in and […]

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TAKA completes brick and concrete pavilion for a Dublin cricket club

An angular black roof rests on the concrete and brick walls of this pavilion that architecture studio TAKA designed for a cricket club in Dublin (+ slideshow). Dublin-based TAKA designed the single-storey pavilion with a cafe, bar and loft apartment for the Merrion Cricket Club. Related story: MU Architecture hides locker rooms under plant-covered mound The site, in use by […]

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I’ve learned this about myself, sometimes I have major brand loyalty. Possibly it’s that I’m getting older/wiser and just want to make life simpler so I stick to what I know well. Maybe I’ve just found some brands to work best for me. Nike is one of th…

London’s The Rom becomes first listed skatepark in Europe

News: The Rom Skatepark in east London has become the first European facility of its kind to be awarded protected status (+ slideshow). The Rom Skatepark, built in 1978 in Hornchurch, was given Grade II listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of English Heritage. The listing process recognises the […]

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OFIS Arhitekti completes bulging stadium for FC BATE Borisov

OFIS Arhitekti has completed a bulbous, spotty stadium for Belarusian football club FC BATE Borisov (+ slideshow). Located in a forest area south of Borisov city centre, the 13,000-seat arena creates a new larger home stadium for FC BATE Borisov, the reigning champions of the Belarusian Premier League. Related story: Zaha Hadid dismisses “ridiculous” claims […]

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Singapore national stadium boasts world’s largest free-spanning dome

Singapore’s new national sports stadium lays claim to the world’s largest free-spanning dome, measuring 310-metres across, and its roof can be opened or closed to suit the tropical climate (+ slideshow). The design team – a group of engineers and designers from Arup, DP Architects and AECOM – created the Singapore Sports Hub on a […]

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Football pitch hovers above basketball courts in winning UFCSPA campus design

News: Brazilian studio OSPA has won a competition to design a sports education campus in Porto Alegre, with a proposal that includes a floating football pitch (+ slideshow). OSPA Architecture and Urbanism’s “two-faced” design was selected as the winner of a national competition to design the new Campus Igara for the Health Sciences Federal University of Porto Alegre […]

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