WAN Sport in Architecture 2017 Shortlist Announced

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

Six inspiring projects selected for the Sport in Architecture Award shortlist

The needs of a contemporary sports facility are uniquely demanding, but all too often constrained by budgets. However this sector is constantly advancing, aided by new technology, ever-wider spans and exciting structural solutions, often becoming symbolic icons for the sports they house. Following the success of last year’s launch of Sport in Architecture Award 2017, this category attracts entries from practices all over the world who are passionate and have a strong commitment to architectural design excellence within the sport industry.

This year’s jury, chosen for their expertise within this sector were: Rasti Bartek, Partner at Cundall, Matthew Birchall, Global Sports Sector Director at BuroHappold Engineering, Bill Crockett, Senior Vice President andRegional Leader, Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, HOK, and Tom Jones, Senior Principal at Populous.

This year the judges not only Shortlisted six projects (in no particular order below) but also commended a project too: 

Golden 1 Centre, Sacramento, United States by AECOM

“Admirable for pushing the envelope to create a semblance of an 'outdoor' venue, appropriate to the site context and Sacramento climate. It shows originality and innovation as well as strong sustainability for the building and for the contribution to the site context.”  Bill Crockett

“It’s a very distinct building and the sustainability is excellent. The way the doors open out onto the arena is dramatic, it’s extraordinary. It stands out as a bold statement.” Matthew Birchall

City Football Academy, Manchester, United Kingdom by Rafael Vinoly Architects

“It makes smart use of a brownfield site and implements sustainable practices that are appropriate for such a large complex of facilities. There is strong building forms and resolute attention to materials and detailing. An ambitious brief well accomplished.” Bill Crockett

“It’s crisp and it’s great within it’s context. The orientation is fun too. The architects did a lot of pushing the envelope in terms of the facilities.” Matthew Birchall

“The thinking and the execution is successful. The reuse of the brownfield site gives a lot more opportunities for engagement.” Tom Jones

The Judith Poole Sports Hall, Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia by Allen Jack+Cottier

“Its scale is appropriate within the context. It’s got large volumed spaces that have been particularly well handled” Tom Jones

“I like what they’ve done with the carpark. It blends in so well” Matthew Birchall

“It’s well placed in the landscape and so well considered” Rasti Bartek

Groupama Stadium (Parc Olympique Lyonnais), Lyon, France by Populous

“Highly functional and massive in scale.” Bill Crockett

“I like the canopy aspect and the split levels work really well. It’s inclusive. I can imagine people engaging with it nicely. There were sustainability elements being driven too.” Matthew Birchall

“I respect the size of it. To make this happen you need to have an architect that understands sport.” Rasti Bartek

San Mames Stadium, Bilbao, Spain by IDOM

“Makes no apologies for what it is - an immense and aloof special center of legendary activity amidst a very dense urban setting. The extremely simple overall form and overscale façade treatment breaks down to manageable human scale via the inset open base and individual twisted ETFE panels.” Bill Crockett

“The roof lift is amazing, it’s like a symphony. I admire it from a structural engineer point of view. It fits with the surroundings well with a great view from the river. It looks like a lantern.” Rasti Bartek

“The facade is very clever - the use of light and the graphics that they can achieve are really quite amazing” Tom Jones

Middlebury College Virtue Field House, Middlebury, United States by Sasaki

“Masterful composition that holds together yet expresses the unique, diverse functions taking place within. Very strong attention to scaling the volumes and envelope to balance necessary large volume with modest and relatable elevations. Consistent and sophisticated detailing and deployment of sustainable design practices.” Bill Crockett

“It’s refined. It’s been clever with the detailing. The link between internal and external is very successful” Tom Jones

“When you look at the timber cladding, you can see it’s been nicely thought through” Matthew Birchall

“It’s fantastic, I would love to be there. It’s a really nice project” Rasti Bartek

Commended project: 

Figueras Polo Stables, General Rodriguez, Argentina by Esudio Ramos

“I like this architecturally, it’s a high quality building. A great use of concrete. It’s beautiful. I like the way it is hidden in the landscape.” Rasti Bartek

“This is the submission I'm most compelled to visit in person. Deeply powerful and stunningly evocative as a literal feature of the landscape. Logical and functional while being original.” Bill Crockett

“There’s strong lines with the concrete walls and spiral staircase. It has a powerful sculptural element” Matthew Birchall

WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all six shortlisted finalists and the commended project within the WAN Sport in Architecture Award 2017.

The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.

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