Powerhouse Wins Competition to Build New Urban Plaza in Eindhoven

Powerhouse Wins Competition to Build New Urban Plaza in Eindhoven, © Powerhouse Company
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Powerhouse Company have won a competition to create a new mixed-use hub in Eindhoven, Netherlands. For the competition, Powerhouse teamed up with landscape architects ZUS and developerAmvest to design a trio of skyscrapers forming the winning proposal for a new urban plaza, called “District E”. The 70,000 square meter proposal will be located next to Eindhoven Station.

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The flexible construction and installation technology of District E anticipates the future growth of Eindhoven as a sustainable, innovative and economic hotspot. The seamless integration of architecture and landscape design guarantees a new public space filled with activity and a wide spectrum of green spaces – Powerhouse Company.

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Three tall towers collect in corresponding plinths, ranging from 76 to 158 meters in height. The towers will combine a residential program of approximately 450 homes, 20 percent of which will be social housing. A mixture of public amenities will be added, ranging from a hotel, shops/restaurants, a student study center and exhibition spaces. District E’s new “city plaza” aims to balance the 17th-century buildings from the old Eindhoven center alongside the large-scale 20th-century projects near the railway.

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Powerhouse described the use of the plinths as a tool for the skyscrapers to be set back, ensuring that “Eindhoven station, a national monument, is honored by giving it space and relating to its scale.” A diagonal axis within the new urban plaza is another key element to the design, as described byPowerhouse:

An essential and defining gesture in the design is the diagonal axis that visually connects the station and the ‘Philipstoren’, a monument and symbol of Eindhoven’s industrial and technological heritage. This axis cuts through the ensemble and in-so-doing linking the station’s square, the new city plaza and the ’18 September’ square like a set of beads on a thread – Powerhouse Company.

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With offices in Rotterdam, Beijing, and Munich, the architecture office has a portfolio of mixed-use projects including inSports Beijing to the Maastricht Pathé theater. The firm also beat out a bevy of heavyweight contenders in 2014 with their competition-winning proposal of a 100m observation tower in Çanakkale, Turkey.

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RIBA Announces 2017 National Award Winners

RIBA Announces 2017 National Award Winners, Courtesy of RIBA
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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced 49 exemplary projects as winners of the 2017 RIBA National Awards. This year’s list features projects from a wide range of typologies and leading architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Foster + PartnersWilkinsonEyre, and Caruso St John Architects.

Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects © Hélène BinetTate Modern's Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron © Iwan BaanSouth Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd. © Richard ChiversSt Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects © Richard Griffiths+50

“Congratulations to the clients and their design teams for the extraordinary talent, ambition and enthusiasm that has led to this year’s roll-call of phenomenal buildings,” said RIBA President Jane Duncan at today’s announcement. “RIBA National Awards provide insight into emerging design trends, as well as showing how well the profession responds to economic drivers. I am delighted to see such confident, innovative and ambitious architecture delivered in such challenging times.

Particular trends called out by Duncan include projects aimed at tackling the country’s shortage of quality housing developments, the innovative use of architecture to enhance excitement and pleasure in the built environment and the continued preference for brick among the UK’s top architects. One negative trend identified by Duncan was the lack of publicly-funded education projects.

“I am pleased to award a selection of high-quality new school buildings such as The Laboratory, Dulwich College and new music facilities at Wells Cathedral School, that will benefit generations of children and teachers. However, after a few boom years, which saw a clutch of award winning, cost effective state school buildings, it’s disappointing that there are none on this year’s list. Well-designed schools support improved student achievement, and staff and student wellbeing and should be part of educational aspirations for all our schools, not just those in the fee-paying sector.”

Selected from the winners of 12 regional awards programs, the national list will now make up the pool of projects competing for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year.

The full list of winners includes:

Carrowbreck Meadow / Hamson Barron Smith
Norwich, Norfolk, England

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The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia / Architype
Norwich, Norfolk, England

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The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia / Architype © Nick Caville

Peacock House / BHSF Architekten with Studio-P
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

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St Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England

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Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre / Walters & Cohen Architects
Walsham le Willows, Suffolk, England

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Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre / Walters & Cohen Architects © Will Scott

The Welding Institute / Eric Parry Architects
Great Abington, Cambridge, England

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Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’ / van Heyningen and Haward Architects
Leicester, England

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The Laboratory, Dulwich College / Grimshaw
Dulwich, south London, England

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The Laboratory, Dulwich College / Grimshaw © Daniel Shearing

No 49 / 31/44 Architects
Hither Green, southeast London, England

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No 49 / 31/44 Architects © Anna Stathaki

The Loom / Duggan Morris Architects
Whitechapel, east London, England

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The Loom / Duggan Morris Architects © Jack Hobhouse

8 Finsbury Circus / WilkinsonEyre
City of London

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8 Finsbury Circus / WilkinsonEyre © Dirk Lindner

40 Chancery Lane / Bennetts Associates
Holborn, central London, England

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King’s College School / Allies and Morrison
Wimbledon, southwest London, England

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New Scotland Yard / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Embankment, central London, England

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Paradise Gardens / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Hammersmith, west London, England

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Photography Studio for Juergen Teller / 6a architects
Ladbroke Grove, west London, England

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Silchester / Haworth Tompkins
Notting Hill, west London, England

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Barretts Grove / Amin Taha + Groupwork
Stoke Newington, north London, England

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Dujardin Mews / Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington
Ponders End, north London, England

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Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron
Bankside, central London, England

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The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Bloomsbury, central London, England

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Walmer Yard / P Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli Architects
Holland Park, west London, England

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Live Works / Flanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash Architects
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

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Shawm House / MawsonKerr Architects
West Woodburn, Northumberland, England

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The Word / FaulknerBrowns Architects
South Shields, South Tyneside, England

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Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall / stephenson STUDIO
Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

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Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall / stephenson STUDIO © Daniel Hopkinson

Finlays Warehouse / stephenson STUDIO
Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

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Finlays Warehouse / stephenson STUDIO © Andrew Wall

Liverpool Philharmonic / Caruso St John Architects
Liverpool, England

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Liverpool Philharmonic / Caruso St John Architects © Hélène Binet

Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building / Foster + Partners
Christie Hospital, south Manchester, England

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Fallahogey Studio / McGarry-Moon Architects Ltd
Kilrea, Northern Ireland

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Bedales School of Art and Design Building / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Petersfield, Hampshire, England

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The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College / Stanton Williams
University of Oxford, Oxford, England

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The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College / Stanton Williams © Nick Hufton

Magdalen College Library / Wright & Wright Architects
University of Oxford, Oxford, England

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Magdalen College Library / Wright & Wright Architects © Dennis Gilbert

Warwick Hall Community Centre / Acanthus Clews Architects
Burford, Oxfordshire, England

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Warwick Hall Community Centre / Acanthus Clews Architects © Andy Marshall

Caring Wood / Macdonald Wright Architects Rural Office for Architecture
near Maidstone, Kent, England

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Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent, England

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Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects © Hélène Binet

Hastings Pier / dRMM Architects
Hastings, East Sussex, England

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Hastings Pier / dRMM Architects © Alex de Rijke

British Airways i360 / Marks Barfield Architects
Brighton & Hove, England

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South Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd.
Lewes, East Sussex, England

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South Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd. © Richard Chivers

Dyson Campus Expansion / WilkinsonEyre
Malmesbury, Wiltshire., England

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New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School / Eric Parry Architects
Wells, Somerset, England

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New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School / Eric Parry Architects © Dirk Lindner

Wolfson Tree Management Centre / Invisible Studio
Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England

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Wolfson Tree Management Centre / Invisible Studio © Andy Marshall

Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum / Glenn Howells Architects
Lichfield, Staffordshire

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Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum / Glenn Howells Architects © Rob Parrish

Blackburn Meadows Biomass / BDP
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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Blackburn Meadows Biomass / BDP © Paul Karalius

Derwenthorpe Phase One / Studio Partington
York, north Yorkshire, England

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Derwenthorpe Phase One / Studio Partington © Tim Crocker

Victoria Gate Arcades / ACME
Leeds city centre, England

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Victoria Gate Arcades / ACME © Jack Hobhouse

City of Glasgow College / Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects
Cathedral Street, Glasgow, Scotland

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Newhouse of Auchengee / Ann Nisbet Studio
Meikle Auchengree, North Ayrshire, Scotland

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Newhouse of Auchengee / Ann Nisbet Studio © Susan Castillo

Rockvilla / Hoskins Architects
Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, Scotland

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Learn more about RIBA’s annual awards program, here.

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Foster + Partners Reveal Updated Designs for Intermodal Transportation Hub in Spain

Foster + Partners Reveal Updated Designs for Intermodal Transportation Hub in Spain, © Foster + Partners
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Foster + Partners and Juan Cabanelas have unveiled updated designs for the refurbishment and extension of the Ourense FFCC Station in Galicia, Spain. The firm was originally selected as the winners of an international competition for the design in 2011 with an expansive new structure spanning the tracks. The new scheme will instead utilize the existing station building, expanding with a series of columned canopies arranged to create a new urban square and easily-accessible multi-modal hub.

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The integrated design will join the high-speed rail and nearby bus station (also currently under design) into one single urban intervention, as well as create pedestrian connections between the neighborhoods on either side of the tracks through an elevated walkway and new public park. The station will accommodate the increase in passengers generated by ongoing upgrades to the region’s high-speed rail lines, offering cafes and shops that will cater to travellers and locals alike.

The modular canopy system will be made up of concrete plates on slender columns, designed to provide shelter from the city’s high-temperature, high-precipitation climate and to allow for ease of future growth. The color of the concrete will be matched to the granite found in the existing station, creating harmony between the new and the old. In front of the building, a new water feature inspired byOurense’s famous hot water springs will welcome passengers into the city.

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Inside, the main lobby has been transformed into a triple-height space that will provide an abundance of natural light and historic frescos on the upper walls will be restored. Circulation through the station has been simplified to provide a more intuitive route for passengers, with clear sightlines connecting the check-in area with the platforms. An internal link will provide a direct connection to the bus station to the west, providing an easy path between transportation systems.

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Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture

Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture , Courtesy of Prix Versailles
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The international Prix Versailles Committee has announced the recipients of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture. The awards were held at the UNESCO World Headquarters, with recipients hailing from 6 regions around the world. Chaired by the Mayor of Versailles François de Mazières, the international jury included architects Manuelle Gautrand, Toyo Ito, Wang Shu, and acclaimed chef Guy Laroche.

The 12 World Titles are awarded in 4 top categories: stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. The winners were selected from a diverse range of 70 regional winners already present in the ceremony.

Check out the gallery of the 12 winners below:

Chanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDVTokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTAMar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe Fletcher+118

Shops and Stores

Prix Versailles 2017: Dior; Miami, U.S.A.

Architects: BarbaritoBancel Architects 

Special Prize Interior: Hangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China

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Dior; Miami, U.S.A. / BarbaritoBancel Architects. Image © Alessandra Chemollo

Dior; Miami, U.S.A. / BarbaritoBancel Architects. Image © Alessandra Chemollo

Dior; Miami, U.S.A. / BarbaritoBancel Architects. Image © Alessandra ChemolloDior Miami / MVRDV. Image © Alessandra ChemolloDior; Miami, U.S.A. / BarbaritoBancel Architects. Image © Alessandra ChemolloDior; Miami, U.S.A. / BarbaritoBancel Architects. Image © Alessandra Chemollo+118

Architects: X+Living

Special Prize Exterior: Chanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Hangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China / X+Living. Image © Shao Feng

Hangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China / X+Living. Image © Shao Feng

Hangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China / X+Living. Image © Shao FengHangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China / X+Living. Image © Shao FengHangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China / X+Living. Image © Shao FengHangzhou Zhongshuge; Hangzhou, China / X+Living. Image © Shao Feng+118

Architects: MVRDV

Shopping Malls

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Chanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDV

Chanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDVChanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDVChanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDVChanel (Temporary Store); Amsterdam, Netherlands / MVRDV. Image © MVRDV+118

Prix Versailles 2017Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan

Architects: Nikken Sekkei

Special Prize Interior: ARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran

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Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.Tokyu Plaza Ginza; Tokyo, Japan / Nikken Sekkei. Image © Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partners Inc.+118

Architects: arsh4d studio

Special Prize Exterior: Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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ARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran / arsh4d studio. Image © Ali Daghigh, Parham Taghiof

ARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran / arsh4d studio. Image © Ali Daghigh, Parham Taghiof

ARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran / arsh4d studio. Image © Ali Daghigh, Parham TaghiofARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran / arsh4d studio. Image © Ali Daghigh, Parham TaghiofARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran / arsh4d studio. Image © Ali Daghigh, Parham TaghiofARG Shopping Mall; Tehran, Iran / arsh4d studio. Image © Ali Daghigh, Parham Taghiof+118

Architects: Vilalta Arquitectura

Hotels

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Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTA

Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTA

Lideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTALideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTALideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTALideta Mercato; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Vilalta Arquitectura. Image © VILALTA+118

Prix Versailles 2017Chablé – Yucatan Peninsula; Chocholá, Mexico

Architects: Jorge Borja, Paulina Morán

Special Prize Interior: Spedition; Thun, Switzerland

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Chablé – Yucatan Peninsula; Chocholá, Mexico / Jorge Borja, Paulina Morán. Image © Chablé Resort & Spa

Chablé - Yucatan Peninsula; Chocholá, Mexico / Jorge Borja, Paulina Morán. Image © Chablé Resort & SpaChablé - Yucatan Peninsula; Chocholá, Mexico / Jorge Borja, Paulina Morán. Image © Chablé Resort & SpaChablé - Yucatan Peninsula; Chocholá, Mexico / Jorge Borja, Paulina Morán. Image © Chablé Resort & SpaChablé - Yucatan Peninsula; Chocholá, Mexico / Jorge Borja, Paulina Morán. Image © Chablé Resort & Spa+118

Architects: Stylt Trampoli

Special Prize Exterior: Mar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico

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Spedition; Thun, Switzerland / Stylt Trampoli. Image © StyltSpedition; Thun, Switzerland / Stylt Trampoli. Image © StyltSpedition; Thun, Switzerland / Stylt Trampoli. Image © StyltSpedition; Thun, Switzerland / Stylt Trampoli. Image © Stylt+118

Architects: Miguel Ángel Aragonés

Restaurants

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Mar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe Fletcher

Mar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe Fletcher

Mar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe FletcherMar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe FletcherMar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe FletcherMar Adentro; San José del Cabo, Mexico / Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Image © Joe Fletcher+118

Prix Versailles 2017Illusion; Doha, Qatar

Architects: Rockwell Group 

Special Prize Interior: Shukufuku Japanese Bento; Melbourne, Australia

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Illusion; Doha, Qatar / Rockwell Group. Image © Rockwell GroupIllusion; Doha, Qatar / Rockwell Group. Image © Rockwell GroupIllusion; Doha, Qatar / Rockwell Group. Image © Rockwell GroupIllusion; Doha, Qatar / Rockwell Group. Image © Rockwell Group+118

Architects: Rptecture Architects 

Special Prize Exterior: The Dancing Pavilion; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Architects: Estudio Guto Requena

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Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow

Legendary Rugby Players Help HOK Design the Stadium of Tomorrow , The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

Few architectural typologies are more centered around the human experience than a sporting arena. The design of sports stadiums often feature notable architecture firms, such as Herzog & de Meuron’s design for Chelsea’s football stadium in London, and Kengo Kuma’s 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Recently, renowned design practice HOK tackled stadium design using an obvious yet untapped resource in the design of rugby stadiums –rugby players themselves.

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, met with legendary rugby players Jamie Roberts (Wales), Tim Visser (Scotland), James Horwill (Australia) and Danny Care (England) to capture their ideas, both as players and fans. The findings were collated into a video by HOK, which you can watch below.

The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOKFiber optic pitches could display real time information to fans. Image Courtesy of HOKGPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOKThe design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK+14

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The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK

The design of the perfect rugby stadium was a collaboration between HOK and four rugby legends. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

The rugby legends placed heavy influence on the connection between players and fans, highlighting how city center stadiums create the pre-match drama of players driving through bustling streets. Furthermore, the decreased area of city stadiums is mitigated by steeper viewing stands, creating a more intimate connection between fans and players. As a throwback to the rugby stadiums of the 1960s, the players proposed an enlarged standing area in the action-fueled ‘red zone’ between the 22m line and touch line, generating further density and noise from excited fans.

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The project was headed by John Rhodes of HOK. Image Courtesy of HOK

The project was headed by John Rhodes of HOK. Image Courtesy of HOK
 
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GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK

GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

Connectivity and modern technology were also at the forefront of the legends’ minds. A fiber optics playing field could display real-time information to fans during intervals, whilst player-tracking GPS currently used for team statistics could be made available to fans, measuring everything from distance run to force of collisions. More radically, a movable overhead gantry could follow the action, projecting a laser to mark the game line whilst providing an incredible aerial view for lucky spectators.

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Fiber optic pitches could display real time information to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK

Fiber optic pitches could display real time information to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK
 
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An overhead gantry could follow the game line, providing an aerial view for spectators. Image Courtesy of HOK

An overhead gantry could follow the game line, providing an aerial view for spectators. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

Any modern, iconic sports ground must provide an exceptional experience for fans. The unique passion of fans is fundamental to the sport and, as architects, we need to design stadiums that maximize this energy…The players gave us exceptional insight into what affects elite athletes. As avid fans, they also provided an invaluable perspective. This has improved our understanding of how to design the best stadiums for both rugby fans and players – John Rhodes, Director ofHOK Sports, Recreation + Energy.

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GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK

GPS connectivity could stream player statistics to fans. Image Courtesy of HOK
 
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Standing areas in the 'red zone' could generate more density and noise from excited fans. Image Courtesy of HOK

Standing areas in the ‘red zone’ could generate more density and noise from excited fans. Image Courtesy of HOK
 

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