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And the shortlist for the 2022 WAN Awards Leisure category is...

Seven entries are shortlisted in the Leisure category of the 2022 WAN Awards

by Séan Thurgood 17 August 2022 2022

Master plan and Main Stadium design of Xi’an Olympic Center by PTW Architects

Xi’an Olympic Center is a multi-purpose sports facility that includes a 60,000 seats main stadium, 18,000 seats gymnasium and 4,000 seats swimming hall. The sports center functions as both games and show venues, which provides training for track and fields, football and other sports events. Other facilities include underground parking, retail, services and training spaces that support games and activities.

Inspirations came from the city’s association with Silk Road. The planning echoed a landscape bound by Mount Li on the east and River Ba on the west. The building form idea started from abstraction of the Xi 'an city flower - pomegranate.

Lord's Compton & Edrich Stands by WilkinsonEyre

The new Compton & Edrich Stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground, completed 2021, deliver two distinctive architectural structures at the internationally renowned venue.The stands deliver greatly improved sightlines and spectator experience for cricket fans, as well as upgrading capacity, accessibility and amenities at the country’s largest cricket venue.

The new stands sit either side of the iconic media centre at the famous nursery end of the ground. They feature a canopy roof, integrated facilities, and an elevated walkway at the back of the stands to improve crowd flow. At 24m high, they are now the tallest stands at the venue, featuring three tiers to elevate the spectator experience in line with Lord’s reputation as both ‘village green’ and internationally recognised premier cricket sporting ground, allowing unrivalled views of the field of play and panoramic views beyond.

Aquaticum Waterpark by BORD Architectural Studio

As part of the ambitious long-term development plan of the municipality of Debrecen (Hungary), the objective of the project was to design an organically fitting waterpark in the region’s iconic ’Nagyerdő’ city park, which at the same time can serve as an impressive landmark.

BORD Architectural Studio’s design was inspired by the natural surroundings (protected by the Natura2000 EU reserve program) while creating the new symbol of the region. Built in 2020, this architectural concept focuses on the life-giving aspect of water and the surrounding forest. Water and flora appear on both horizontal and vertical surfaces of the spa, which creates an artistic composition of ’folded up’ spaces, introducing the visitors into this immersive water world in a unique way.

Yíshè at Atrium House by via

Multi-functional pavilions house different cultural and wellness amenities, linked by a timber tea salon which overlooks calming landscape. Organized with the aesthetic narrative of “Light Moments”, each layer of space is distinguished by changing colors within a day - from dawn to dusk to night.

The carefully orchestrated brick volumes form a network of indoor and outdoor pathways. When seen from the tower above, pavilion rooftops offer a distinctive ‘fifth elevation’ as elevated vessels for biophilia. As a nod to the area's architectural heritage, Chinese blue bricks were used extensively, creating unique curved walls and perforated brick patterns to play on light.

Centre de glaces de Québec by Lemay + Ardoises

Inspired by the achievements of the great Olympic speed skating champions, the Centre de glaces de Québec is a first for the province and the largest of its kind in North America. The 400-metre indoor ice ring features two Olympic-sized rinks for short-track speed skating, figure skating and hockey, as well as a three-lane, 465-metre athletic track.

Speed, in all its forms, was at the heart of the conceptualisation of the Centre de glaces: the shape of the building evokes its use, a true transposition of what takes place inside. It refers to movement, as well as the speed, dynamism, balance, and fluidity of the skater. In the same vein, the outer envelope, made of cut-outs and projections, echoes the profiles of the landscape while continuing to evoke movement.

Nanjing OCT Innovation Center by Lacime Architects

As the first project of exhibition area, this project undertakes important task of showcasing the regional planning, and meanwhile, it should meet the requirements of the functional transformation of the community in the future.

The design innovatively introduces the concept of still life geometry, which is the most sophisticated structural language to describe the spatial form of a city. The design abstracts Yongshou Temple Pagoda, courtyards, Yigan canal and Jiangnan streets and alleys as magnified geometric still life, and form a semantic superimposed landscape through spatial combination.

Community Art Gallery of Plum Bossom by Community Art Gallery of Plum Bossom

At the beginning of the design, we started with the history and culture of Zhuji as an important catalyst for the inheritance of Zhuji’s culture and the activation of community vitality, hoping to contribute a valuable high-quality building to users and the city. Therefore, the design hopes to undertake the use of these three different dimensions.

The main design element of project is the spiral staircase (vertical traffic body). Two spiral staircases organize the two main spaces, indoor and outdoor. The various functions are organized by the paths circling in the space.

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