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APPLIED Research Through Fabrication Competition Finalists Announced

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TEX-FAB recently announced that the APPLIED Research Through Fabrication competition completed its first round at the beginning of the week. A total of 68 entries from 13 countries on 4 Continents in the Continuing and Speculative Research categories with roughly an even split between the two were received. Proposals dealing with acoustics, material structure, ambient light occlusion and movement monitoring through haptic and sensory relays all bid to proceed to the second round with $1000 in funding. In the end four proposals were chosen that satisfied the competition brief and proved to entertain the jury with intriguing and potentially unknown outcomes. More on the finalists’ proposals after the break.

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‘Spin Valence’ by Emily Baker

The jury’s comments ranged over time from disinterest to support as this underdog, with just one initial vote, gained more appeal and finally was narrowed down as a finalist. Noted during the deliberation as having a thorough understanding on the means and methods of its potential, despite its overtly ‘simplistic’ process, Spin-Valence ultimately garnered quite a lot of praise in its ‘technique not developed to rationalize a complex form, rather the technique imposes an advanced structural integrity of a flat surface without cost implications of additive structural members’.

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‘FAB POD’by Jane Burry and Nicholas Williams

Fab Pod proved to be a clear choice for the jury as little deliberation was needed to narrow down its strengths as a finalist. Noted by the jury, ‘the use of the digital tools to create a true performative surface, that is not about shading, is refreshing. Acoustics in architecture is highly mathematical, often understood by only those in the discipline of acoustic sciences, and often the expressions of performance are lost in the overall design of acoustically performin  spaces. This project is one of a new breed of digitally related expressions where form and performance are seeking equal ground.’

Courtesy of Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy

 

The Katerva Awards – Open for Nominations

Process-Zero, a Net-Zero Retrofit of a Government Building in Los Angeles, originally built in 1965. Courtesy of HOK and Vanderweil

Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game entirely. This is a celebration of radical innovation and an acceleration of much needed change.

The Katerva Awards, the “Nobel Prize” of , are once again looking for nominations that will change our world as we know it.

Last year’s winner in Urban Design was the Freshkills Park in New York, which converted a landfill/marsh into a beautiful, productive landscape. Runners-up included BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Ski Resort, Architecture 2030 (a non-profit working to make all buildings Net-Zero by 2030), Hylozoic Ground (a project of regenerative, responsive architecture), and a retrofit to make a 1965 Government building Net-Zero.

Do you, or someone you know, have a radically innovative design worthy of recognition? Urban Agripuncture, a project we featured recently here at ArchDaily, has already been nominated – and yours could be next.

Courtesy of BIG

According to the Katerva site, nominees must have been launched during the last two calendar years. They will then be chosen based on feasibility, scalability (a.k.a potential to work at the global level), originality, and impact. Urban Design projects should pay particular attention to “improving the quality and impact of high density populations.”

Nominations can be made here.

First Half of TED’s City 2.0 Award Winners Announced

The year is half way through, and so are TED’s City 2.0 Awards. The Award, which offers $10,000 to 10 innovative ideas in Urban Transformation, has been awarded – so far – to an eco-artist, a Wikipedia of house-building, a noise mapper, a couple of sign-post rebels, and a public-health activist and educator.

More about the Award-Winning Projects…after the break.

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Of all the winners, the most interesting to us at ArchDaily is Wikihouse, an open-source web site of construction sets that aims to let ”anyone freely access designs and structures that are affordable, sustainable and respond to their needs – and to build them for themselves.”

The two London-based designers behind Wikihouse, Alastair Parvin & Nick Lerodiaconou, were inspired by what they considered to be architecture’s long-standing elitism. As Parvin explains to the TED Blog: “For too long, cities have been made by the 1% and consumed by the 99%. We wanted to see what it would take to create something that would allow the 99% to make cities for the 99%.”

Since they began the project in 2011 at the Gwangju Design Biennale in Korea, 5 prototypes have been assembled. With their Winnings, they are pairing up with Brazilian organization, Dharma, to empower the youth of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas to collectively build community centers.

As we’ve written about before, the potential of open-source design will fundamentally change the architecture profession as we know it. Wikihouse is not just a brilliant way of tapping into and empowering the millions of people who don’t have access to design professionals – but it potentially represents the future of architecture itself.

Playgrounds made from recycled water bottles, one of the ten City 2.0 Award Winners.

The other Award winning projects are more traditional Urban Interventions. Entrepreneurs Asim Fayaz, Omer Sheikh, and Khurram Siddiqi are hoping to install and maintain road signs in chaotic Lahore; and Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire, an eco-artist working in his native Uganda ”plans to turn thousands of plastic water bottles into an amusement park for children.”

And the final two harness the power of maps to empower citizens towards healthier living: in the quest for “sonic health,” Australian sound and video artist Jason Sweeney wishes to create a crowdsourced map to geo-locate the “quiet” spots of our cities; in response to the cripplingly spread of cholera in Pakistan, Senior TED Fellow Faisal Chohan hopes to train “everyday citizens to map the flow of water in their local areas,” thus identifying potential spots of contamination.

There’s still time, and five slots left, for another project to win the Prize – to nominate, check out the City 2.0 site here.

Story via TED Blog

Álvaro Siza wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Alvaro Siza Vieira, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la di Venezia. Courtesy: Álvaro Siza office

Álvaro Siza Vieira’s birthday week just got even better, as he has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. The decision was made by the Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, under Director David Chipperfield’s proposal. Siza will be honored at the Giardini of la Biennale, during the opening and award ceremony on August 29th, 2012.

“It is difficult to think of a contemporary architect who has maintained such a consistent presence within the profession as Álvaro Siza. That this presence is maintained by an architect that lives and works at the extreme Atlantic margin of Europe only serves to emphasize his authority and his status.”

Continue after the break to read more.

“Since the early appreciation of the Boa Nova restaurant and the swimming pools at Leca de Palmeira and a reputation confirmed by the early houses, Siza has maintained a unique position in the architectural galaxy. This position is full of paradox. Siza has upheld a consistent production of works at the highest level, yet without the slightest hint of the overt professionalism and promotion that has become part of the contemporary architect’s machinery. Apparently running in the opposite direction to the rest of the profession he always seems to be out in front, seemingly untainted and undaunted by the practical and intellectual challenges he sets himself.”

“Secured by his isolated location, he exudes worldly wisdom. Experimenting with forms of extreme geometry he manages to produce buildings of great rigor. Developing an architectural language that is uniquely his, he seems to speak to all of us. While his work exudes the security of judgment, it is clearly intensified through cautious reflection. While we are dazzled by the lightness of his buildings, we feel the seriousness of their substance. Those of us fortunate enough to have heard him speak about architecture, using words as sparingly and as precise as the fine lines of his drawings, know that these works are not the product of a conventional talent but of a mind sophisticatedly exercised by the confidence of knowledge and the wisdom of doubt.”

View some of his latest works here.

Alvaro Siza Vieira, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy: FG+SG – fotografia de arquitectura

Álvaro Siza wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (1) Alvaro Siza Vieira, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy: Álvaro Siza office
Álvaro Siza wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (2) Alvaro Siza Vieira, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy: FG+SG – fotografia de arquitectura

World Architecture Festival: Last chance to submit your projects

Now in its fifth year, the World Architecture Festival moves from to Singapore (October 3rd-5th). And for this year, we are happy to announce ArchDaily as a media partner, and as part of the jury!

The architecturally intense event includes the awards and a festival gallery, with more than 700 entries from around the world in 30 categories, accompanied by live presentations from the finalists, a seminar and keynotes with renowned international architects. In these, and other activities (full summary), you will be able to exchange ideas with over 2,000 architects representing more than 65 countries, broaden your horizons and your contacts book.

Last day to submit your entries is June 30th, 2012.

Any projects completed between 1 January 2011 – 30 June 2012 can be entered or if you don’t have a completed project you can enter any future projects you have on the drawing board.

Learn more about the conference rates, and details on how to submit your projects.

We have a special discount for our readers, more information after the break:

RIBA International Award Winners Announced

Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia – architects in association © Gollings

Following our previous announcement revealing the 2012 RIBA Award recipients, we now present to you 12 international projects that have also received top honors from RIBA. Buildings outside the European Union by RIBE Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows are eligible for this award. These 2012 RIBA International Award winners will now compete for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize – an award named in honor of the Georgia-born architect who worked in Paris before coming to London in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group. In 2009, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize went to the National Stadium Beijing by Herzog & de Meuron with China Architectural Design & Research Group and Arup Sport for National Stadium Company.

And now, the 12 RIBA International Award winners are…

Clayton Campus – Monash University, Melbourne, / VN Architecture

Clayton Campus – Monash University, Melbourne, Australia / VN Architecture © John Gollings

Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI Campus, / Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI Campus, Canada / Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects © cMMezulis

Guangzhou International Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Guangzhou International Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China / Wilkinson Eyre Architects © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Innhouse hotel Kunming, China / Integer Intelligent and Green

Innhouse hotel Kunming, China / Integer Intelligent and Green © Kerun Ip

Yotsuya Tenera, Tokyo, Japan / Key Operation Inc / Architects

Yotsuya Tenera, Tokyo, Japan / Key Operation Inc / Architects © Toshihiro Sobajima

One KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / SCDA Architects

One KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / SCDA Architects © Albert Lim

The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Foster + Partners

The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Foster + Partners © Aaron Pocock

Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia – architects in association

Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia – architects in association © Gollings

Solaris Fusionopolis 2B, One North, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang

Solaris Fusionopolis 2B, One North, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang © Albert Lim

Urban housing and crèche, Geneva, Switzerland / Sergison Bates Architects with Jean-Paul Jaccaud Architectes

Urban housing and crèche, Geneva, Switzerland / Sergison Bates Architects with Jean-Paul Jaccaud Architectes © Alain Grandchamp

Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, USA / Hopkins Architects

Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, USA / Hopkins Architects © Morley van Sternberg

Sperone Westwater, Bowery, New York City / Foster + Partners

Sperone Westwater, Bowery, New York City / Foster + Partners © Tom Powel

Scroll through the gallery to view more images of each building.

1_Monash_University_Student_Housing_Clayton_3 - John Gollings Clayton Campus – Monash University, Melbourne, Australia / VN Architecture © John Gollings
2_Monash_University_Student_Housing_Clayton_3 - John Gollings (2) Clayton Campus – Monash University, Melbourne, Australia / VN Architecture © John Gollings
3_CIGI-Entrance Canopy cMMezulis Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI Campus, Canada / Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects © cMMezulis
4_CIGI-Courtyard cMMezulis Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI Campus, Canada / Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects © cMMezulis
5-GIFC_02_Jonathan_Leijonhufvud Guangzhou International Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China / Wilkinson Eyre Architects © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
6-GIFC_11_Jonathan_Leijonhufvud Guangzhou International Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China / Wilkinson Eyre Architects © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Image 7 - Kerun Ip Innhouse hotel Kunming, China / Integer Intelligent and Green © Kerun Ip
Image 8 - Kerun Ip Innhouse hotel Kunming, China / Integer Intelligent and Green © Kerun Ip
yotsuya tenera 10 - Toshihiro Sobajima Yotsuya Tenera, Tokyo, Japan / Key Operation Inc / Architects © Toshihiro Sobajima
yotsuya_tenera_11 - Toshihiro Sobajima Yotsuya Tenera, Tokyo, Japan / Key Operation Inc / Architects © Toshihiro Sobajima
12 - Albert Lim One KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / SCDA Architects © Albert Lim
13 - Albert Lim One KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / SCDA Architects © Albert Lim
14-1307_FP428316_indesign - Aaron Pocock The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Foster + Partners © Aaron Pocock
15-1307_FP428349_indesign - Aaron Pocock The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Foster + Partners © Aaron Pocock
16-Gollings Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia - architects in association © Gollings
17-Gollings Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia - architects in association © Gollings
19-atrium and solar shaft - Albert Lim Solaris Fusionopolis 2B, One North, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang © Albert Lim
20-perspective view from road - Albert Lim Solaris Fusionopolis 2B, One North, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang © Albert Lim
21-Urban Housing Alain Grandchamp 04 Urban housing and crèche, Geneva, Switzerland / Sergison Bates Architects with Jean-Paul Jaccaud Architectes © Alain Grandchamp
22 - Morley van Sternberg Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, USA / Hopkins Architects © Morley van Sternberg
23Interior Morley van Sternberg Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, USA / Hopkins Architects © Morley van Sternberg
24Bowery elevation_photo - Tom Powel Sperone Westwater, Bowery, New York City / Foster + Partners © Tom Powel
25Bowery view - Tom Powel Sperone Westwater, Bowery, New York City / Foster + Partners © Tom Powel
26City view by night - Tom Powel Sperone Westwater, Bowery, New York City / Foster + Partners © Tom Powel

2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced

Turner Contemporary, Kent by David Chipperfield Architects © Richard Bryant

The 2012 RIBA Award winners have been announced! Since 1966, RIBA has set the standard for architectural excellence across the UK with the RIBA Awards. As bdonline points out, this year RIBA has halved the number of projects who have received awards in an attempt to harden the competition. Shortlisted from 739 entries, the 59 winners chosen from the UK and EU will now be considered for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize whose 2011 winner was the Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “The judges were delighted to see so many well considered, crafted and innovative projects, and the use of beautiful materials; these projects are truly exciting and inspiring.”

Continue after the break to review the RIBA Award winners.

50 UK RIBA Award winners:

Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture © Paul Riddell

East:

 

Loughborough Design School, Loughborough by Burwell Deakins Architects © Hufton+Crow

East Midlands:

  • Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire by Jonathan Hendry Architects
  • Easton Neston Estate, Northamptonshire by Ptolemy Dean Architects
  • Loughborough Design School, Loughborough by Burwell Deakins Architects

 

University of the Arts London Campus, Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross. Phase 1 Granary Complex: London N1C by Stanton Williams © Hufton+Crow

London:

  • 14 St George Street & 50 New Bond Street, London W1S by Eric Parry Architects
  • Exhibition Road, London SW7 by Dixon Jones
  • Dalling Road, London by Hayhurst and Co. in collaboration with Lucy Carmichael
  • Peabody Avenue, Pimlico, London SW1V by Haworth Tompkins
  • The St. Paul’s Centre at St. Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, London W6 by Richard Griffiths Architects
  • The Hurlingham Club, Outdoor Pool, London SW6 by David Morley Architects
  • Kings Grove, London SE15 by Duggan Morris Architects
  • White Cube, Bermondsey, London SE1 by Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
  • Hackney Marshes Centre, London E9 by Stanton Williams
  • London Olympic Stadium, London E20 by POPULOUS
  • New Court, London EC4N by OMA with Allies and Morrison
  • St. Pancras Chambers, London NW1 by RHWL Architects with Richard Griffiths Architects
  • Henrietta Barnett School, London NW11 by Hopkins Architects
  • University of the Arts London Campus, Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross. Phase 1 Granary Complex: London N1C by Stanton Williams

 

Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne by xsite architecture © Jill Tate

North East:

  • Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough by Medical Architecture
  • Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne by xsite architecture

 

Brockholes Visitor Centre, Lancashire by Adam Khan Architects © Ioana Marinescu

North West:

  • Brockholes Visitor Centre, Lancashire by Adam Khan Architects
  • Festival House, Blackpool by dRMM Architects
  • North House, Bowden by Roger Stephenson Architects

 

Public Records Office of Northern , Belfast by Todd Architects © PRONI

Northern Ireland:

  • Glenriffe House, Glens of Antrim by McGarry-Moon Architects
  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast by O’Donnell + Tuomey
  • Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast by Todd Architects
  • Rear Extension to 109 Osborne Park, Belfast by ard (ciaran mackel) Architects

 

Bogbain Mill, Maryburgh by Rural Design © Andrew Lee

Scotland:

 

Student Accommodation, Somerville College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects

South/South East:

  • Garsington Opera Pavilion, High Wycombe by Snell Associates
  • The Shulman Auditorium, Oxford by Berman Guedes Stretton
  • Student Accommodation, Somerville College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • McLaren Production Centre, Surrey by Foster + Partners
  • Turner Contemporary, Kent by David Chipperfield Architects

 

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios © Craig Auckland Fotohaus

South West/Wessex:

  • Private House, Gloucestershire by Found Associates
  • The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • The Holburne Museum, Bath by Eric Parry Architects
  • The Triangle, Swindon by Glenn Howells Architects

 

Maggie’s South West Wales, Swansea by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James © Thore Garbers

Wales:

 

BFI Master Film Store, Warwickshire by Edward Cullinan Architects © BFI

West Midlands:

 

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects © Iwan Baan

Yorkshire:

 

Centre Pompidou – Metz, Metz, by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine Architectes with Gumuchdjian Architects © Didier Boy de la Tour

9 European Union RIBA Award winners:

Check out the 2011 RIBA award winners here on ArchDaily.

maison L, Yvelines, France by architecturespossibles © George Dupin


2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (1) Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture © Paul Riddell
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (2) The Dune House, Suffolk by Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects © Chris Wright
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (3) Loughborough Design School, Loughborough by Burwell Deakins Architects © Hufton+Crow
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (4) University of the Arts London Campus, Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross. Phase 1 Granary Complex: London N1C by Stanton Williams © Hufton+Crow
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (5) Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne by xsite architecture © Jill Tate
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (6) Brockholes Visitor Centre, Lancashire by Adam Khan Architects © Ioana Marinescu
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (7) North House, Bowden by Roger Stephenson Architects © Daniel Hopkinson
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (8) Brockholes Visitor Centre, Lancashire by Adam Khan Architects © Ioana Marinescu
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (9) North House, Bowden by Roger Stephenson Architects © Daniel Hopkinson
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (10) Rear Extension to 109 Osborne Park, Belfast by ard (ciaran mackel) Architects © Ciaren Mackel
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (11) Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast by Todd Architects © PRONI
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (12) Bogbain Mill, Maryburgh by Rural Design © Andrew Lee
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (13) Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow by OMA © Philippe Ruault
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (14) McLaren Production Centre, Surrey by Foster + Partners © McLaren Marketing Ltd
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (15) Student Accommodation, Somerville College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (16) Turner Contemporary, Kent by David Chipperfield Architects © Richard Bryant
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (17) The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios © Craig Auckland Fotohaus
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (18) Maggie’s South West Wales, Swansea by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James © Thore Garbers
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (19) BFI Master Film Store, Warwickshire by Edward Cullinan Architects © BFI
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (20) The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects © Iwan Baan
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (21) Centre Pompidou - Metz, Metz, France by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine Architectes with Gumuchdjian Architects © Didier Boy de la Tour
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (22) FCN 2009, Portelle, Italy by M Guiseppina Grasso Cannizzo
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (23) maison L, Yvelines, France by architecturespossibles © George Dupin
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (24) PJ Carroll’s Factory, Dundalk, Ireland by Scott Tallon Walker Architects © Paul Tierney
2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced (25) Wexford County Council Headquarters, Wexford, Ireland by Robin Lee Architecture © Andrew Lee

Warsaw’s National Stadium Selected for World Stadium Award 2012 / gmp Architekten

Designed by gmp Architekten, ’s National Stadium prevailed against international competition and won the World Stadium Award in the best multifunctional stadium design and most innovative use of technology categories in stadium design. On the occasion of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, the stadium was reconstructed on top of the existing – but since 1988 no longer used and dilapidated – earth wall stadium (Stadion Dziesieciolecia), and re-opened in January of this year. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The stadium’s construction consists of two succinct parts – the grandstand built of pre-fabricated concrete components and the steel wire net roof with a textile membrane suspended from freestanding steel supports with inclined tie rods above this. The interior roof consists of a retractable membrane sail which folds together above the center of the pitch. This is also where the four-screen “video cube” is installed so as to provide an optimum view from all seats. The top tier is accessed via 12 arch-shaped, single-flight staircases.

The exterior façade consists of anodized expanded metal that provides another envelope for the actual thermal shell of the interior areas and access steps. The panels with their red and bright silver color scheme appear either closed or transparent, depending on the light angle, and from a distance evoke the image of an artistic composition in white and red, the country’s national colors.

The stadium has been designed as a multifunctional events center and, with its approx. 20,000 sqm of office and conference facilities, comprises a comparatively high proportion of floor space which can be used independently of the stadium operation. These spaces are available for all types of events and include the necessary support facilities.

Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Doha, Quatar
Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Markus Pfisterer
Project Management: Markus Pfisterer, Martin Hakiel
Project Management (roof): Martin Glass
In cooperation With: J.S.K. Architekci Sp. z o.o. and schlaich bergermann und partner
Structural Design of Roof: schlaich bergermann and partners, Knut Göppert with Knut Stockhusen and Lorenz Haspel, M&E Engineering HTW, Hetzel, Tor-Westen + Partner, Biuro Projektów “DOMAR”
Landscape Design: RAK, Architectura Krajobrazu, Warsaw
General Contractor: Konsorcjum ALPINE BAU DEUTSCHLAND AG, ALPINE BAU GmbH, ALPINE Construction Polska Sp. z o.o., HYDROBUDOWA POLSKA S.A. i PBG S.A.
Client: Narodowe Centrum Sportu Sp. z o.o.
Seats: 55,000
Competition: 2007 – 1st prize
Construction Period: 2008-2011

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