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    Northwestern University Ryan/Walter Athletics Center - Perkins + Will

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    Hanna boutique Hotel - Persian Garden Studio

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    Hanna boutique Hotel - Persian Garden Studio

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    GAME Streetmekka Viborg - EFFEKT Architects

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    GAME Streetmekka Viborg - EFFEKT Architects

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    Indoor Playground (Doubling as lecture hall) of Yueyang County No.3 Middle School by SUP Atelier


Practical visions benefit leisure time

Alison Carter
23 Jul 2019

Sport, street culture, children and a boutique hotel all benefit from these entries in the WAN Awards leisure category.

An indoor playground which doubles as a lecture hall for the Yueyang County No.3 Middle School in Yueyang county, Hunan, China was built to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary. Natural ventilation and lighting serve as major sustainable strategies to improve thermal comfort and reduce the cost of equipment and maintenance. The integration design approach takes form, space and sustainable strategies into consideration simultaneously. The color and pattern of the main building resembles the abstraction of Yueyang’s topography.

Adjacent to Lake Michigan, the Northwestern University Ryan/Walter Athletics Center is connected to both the University’s central campus and the Chicago skyline, with the vision of maximising transparency and views while at the same time invigorating the student-athlete experience. The building functions are organized, both vertically and horizontally, to provide lake exposure to every space possible. Lighting and temperature are all adjustable, and materials and furniture were carefully selected and tested to ensure student-athletes comfort.

GAME Streetmekka Viborg is a renovation project that transformed an abandoned windmill factory into a vibrant hub for street sports and street culture, offering various facilities for self-organized sports and social spaces for the local youth of Viborg, Denmark. Situated in the outskirts, the old industrial building was vacant and abandoned. By removing the walls at both ends of the building and placing all the office and workshop spaces on one side and the skating on the other, the interiors are kept as free as possible. The existing concrete facade is wrapped in a new translucent polycarbonate skin that gives the appearance of a light and welcoming building, dynamically changing from day to night.

The Hanna Boutique Hotel project took shape with the intention of the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a valuable, abandoned historic building in the centre of Tehran. Constructed on Lolagar Alley in 1930, the hotel building has a mix of uses: it houses a hotel, restaurant, café, gallery, and multi-purpose area. Occupants can see new and old layers, reflecting the building’s history as well as its restoration process. The new structural reinforcement of the building and parts of its historic structure, such as the brick foundation of its load bearing walls, was left exposed.

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