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53rd year ISSN (Print): 0036-102X ISSN (Internet): ISSN 2198-4271

International magazine for sports, leisure and recreational facilities


2019 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes

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DEAR IAKS MEMBERS AND SB READERS, In this issue we celebrate the winners of the 2019 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes. One might ask whether these prizes make a difference to the world. Do they make a difference for the award winners, for the developers or for the users? As a former award winner and current jury member, I would say - yes, they certainly do! In 2015, we from Keingart won two medals: a Gold medal for the Athletics Exploratorium in Odense and a Bronze medal for the Tornhøj Hall in Aalborg. Two years later, in collaboration with AART Architects, we won a Bronze medal and an IPC Distinction for the sports hall at Musholm Bay Holiday Resort. These four prizes have had a major impact on us as architects. They have made us keenly aware of how innovative projects not only make a difference locally, but also create examples that set new benchmarks and raise the bar for what is possible on a larger scale. Now, every time we do a project, we consider whether it would be “prize-worthy”. Does it push the boundaries and set new benchmarks? I believe that many architects who have won a prize have that same experience. What you are rewarded for, you will want to create more of. If rewarded for innovation, creativity and reimagining, then the focus tends to be on those same aspects in the next project too. For the developers, prizes are a recognition of bravery and daring to do something that is beyond the norm. During the development phase, there are always some uncertainties. Will it work, will it be used and will it pay off? At this junction, a developer will either falter or carry on. Being awarded a prize can give rise to the courage needed to invest in innovations. It encourages you to be brave.

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Also for the local user, prizes are important. It engenders a sense of pride to be using a prize-winning facility. You take better care of it and you want to show it off – especially if you have been involved in the development process. Users who have been part of the journey towards an unconventional solution often gain a clearer understanding and a greater willingness to accept a different sort of construction. Many users experience that with an award-winning project, they have had their needs met as well as that little bit extra on top. It may not have been requested, but it makes all the difference. Prizes also make a difference for everybody responsible for a project. Whether aiming to build new parks, develop cityscapes or construct buildings with a focus on movement, sports, athletics and community, IOC IPC IAKS award-winning projects are an ideal source of inspiration. When delving into the numerous award-winning projects from past years, you are bound to get inspiration, experience and ideas. There is no need to start from scratch; you can rather stand on the shoulders of many years of accumulated knowledge and experience. As a jury member, it is my experience that prizes are indeed making a difference in the world. Many exciting projects were developed and sent in for assessment. I want to thank everyone who has made the effort to submit projects for evaluation. We are grateful for your contribution towards raising the standard of active cities, sports and leisure facilities all over the world! Maria Keinicke Davidsen Owner, Keingart Jury member for the 2019 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes






UBC AQUATIC CENTER.................................................................. 10

Banc of California Stadium........................................................ 48

MJMA and Acton Ostry Architects

Gensler Sports

Streetmekka Viborg........................................................................ 14

Termalija Family Wellness.......................................................... 50

EFFEKT Architects


Planica Nordic Center..................................................................... 18

Quai de la Moselle.......................................................................... 52

studio abiro, STVAR and Studio AKKA

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Riviera Water Park........................................................................... 22

More Awesome Now.. ................................................................... 54

A77 architektonický and CENTROPROJECT GROUP

HCMA Architecture + Design

Rogers Place. . ...................................................................................... 26

KI Innsbruck....................................................................................... 56

HOK Architects

Architekt DI Thomas Schnizer

Sportcampus Zuiderpark.. ........................................................... 30 FaulknerBrowns Architects

Great Plains Recreation Facility............................................... 34 MJMA and MTA


Optus Stadium and Stadium Park.......................................... 58 HASSELL, Cox Architecture and HKS

P-Hus and Konditaget Lüders. . ................................................. 38 JAJA Architects

Pulsen.................................................................................................... 62 Elkiær + Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori architects

Díósgyör-Stadium............................................................................ 40 Közti Architects & Engineers

Manitoboggan. . ................................................................................ 66 Public City Architecture Inc.

World Archery Excellence Centre............................................. 42 Tardin & Pittet Architects

The Warner Stand........................................................................... 70 Populous

Oxygen Park....................................................................................... 44 AECOM

Kärcher Hala Cracovia.. ................................................................. 72 Biuro Projektów Lewicki Latak

Videotron Center. . ............................................................................ 46 ABCP architecture, GLCRM architects and Populous 6

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Football fan safety improved through the use of facial recognition technology. . ......................... 94 Panasonic Marketing Europe


Experimental Teaching School. . ............................................... 78

Sprint up to 10 percent faster with Vmax. . ........................ 96

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CONNECTION Point........................................................................ 80 Guillaume Ballart Terral



Expert meetings of IAKS Japan............................................... 82 IAKS Austria elects Executive Board..................................... 83 New IAKS Members....................................................................... 84

New sports centre for Hannover 96...................................... 98 New advertising partner. . ........................................................... 98 WM Mammoth Autopilot........................................................... 99 Polycomp jogging track............................................................... 99 Waterside activities.................................................................... 100 ASB GlassFloor awarded.......................................................... 100 Alveosport Shock Pad................................................................ 101 Temporary course at the Ruhr Games. . ............................. 101 Company index following services.. ................................... 102 Company index from A to Z. . .................................................. 104 Imprint................................................................................................ 112

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Jury members f.l.t.r.: Gilbert Felli (IOC), Greta Günnewig (IAKS), Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Conrad Boychuk (IAKS), Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns (4a Architects), Klaus Meinel (IAKS), Mag. Wolfgang Becker (Rif University Sports Centre), Mark Todd (IPC), Maria Keinicke Davidsen (Keingart), Debra McCallion

PRIZE-WINNING PROJECTS IN 14 COUNTRIES IOC, IPC AND IAKS AWARD INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE PRIZES At the festive gala on 5 November 2019, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) present the much-coveted medals for exemplary sports and leisure architecture. Composed of international personalities, the jury for the 2019 IOC IAKS Award is commending seven facilities with Gold, six with Silver and seven with Bronze. The IPC IAKS Distinction for accessible sports facilities is going to five participants. The prize-winning projects can be found in 14 countries worldwide. This year, 98 projects have been competing from all continents, including ones in Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Taiwan and Qatar. Countries ranging from A for Australia to U for USA were all participating. This year’s winners span the range of major international sports event venues in Australia and USA, to a universally accessible toboggan slide structure featuring a lookout tower in Canada. Special achievements Two firms of architects are happy to be awarded prizes each for two projects. MJMA from Canada are the creative minds behind the UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver and the Great Plains Recreation Center in Calgary. The internationally known architects of Populous also succeeded with two projects in Canada and the United Kingdom. Outstanding are the six award-winning projects from Canada, which include multifunctional sports and recreation centers as well as arenas and non-organized public 8

spaces for sports and leisure. Adjacent to this year’s theme of the IAKS Congress “Facilitating an active world” the projects are exemplary and inspiring for the future trends of urban planning and the design of active spaces and buildings. The five IPC IAKS award-winning projects are in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Accessibility is gaining ground in local and community-orientated sports centers. The IPC IAKS Distinction thus honours three projects which as a public institution promote an active lifestyle, inclusion and the wellbeing of the community. Mission, competition and patrons The IOC IAKS Award and the IPC IAKS Distinction are the most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. Every two years since 1987, the IOC IAKS Award is commending sports and leisure facilities of exemplary design and function. Together with the International Paralympic Committee, the IAKS is also awarding the IPC IAKS Distinction for sports and leisure facilities suitable for persons with a disability. The IOC IAKS Award brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainabil­ ity and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design. sb 5/2019

The IPC IAKS Distinction aims at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures in order to offer all people opportunities to practise and view sport freely and without barriers. Eligibility Entitled to enter the 2019 competition were newly built facilities as well as extensions, modernizations, rehabilitations or conversions of existing buildings and facilities. The facilities must have been erected and gone into operation between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2018 and must have been in successful operation for at least one year. Temporary venue infrastructure/architecture (e.g. demountable or relocatable infrastructure for major sport events) were also eligible to be entered in the competition. Competition categories Submissions spread over the following six competition categories: • • • • • •

Major outdoor stadiums Community outdoor grounds and public areas Multipurpose halls and major arenas Indoor facilities for sports, leisure and recreation Pools, spas and wellness facilities Specialised facilities for sports, leisure and recreation

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International interest in the Architecture Award for Students and Young Professionals The IOC, IPC and IAKS are also presenting, for the fifths time, the Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals for innovative designs and strategies for sports and leisure facilities. The competition is targeted at young architects, landscape architects and designers who are still studying or in the first years of their careers. The designs and concepts come from all over the world, including Germany, Mexico, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States. The 2019 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals promotes concepts by architects and designers who have invested their enthusiasm and imagination in the creation of areas and spaces for active life-styles. The jury is awarding the Gold medal to Germany, the Silver medal goes to a team of students from Mexico, and a project in Canada designed by a young professional from Switzerland is awarded with the Bronze medal.




Location Vancouver, BC, Canada Client/Operator University of British Columbia Athletics and Recreation Architects MJMA Toronto, ON, Canada Acton Ostry Architects Vancouver, BC, Canada Photos Ema Peter Shai Gil Official opening January 2017 Construction costs CAD 33 million (EUR 22 million)


Together with the University of British Columbia, the designers of MJMA and Acton Ostry Architects asked themselves how the new aquatic centre can effectively train Olympians, serve its community, and enhance the student experience. The team found answers on how it can operate “learn-to-swim” programmes while at the same time run a 1,000 person swimming meeting. The four km² UBC Academic Campus is located within the larger University Endowment Lands, 10 km of west downtown on Vancouver’s Point Grey peninsula. The campus’s independence from the city paired with quickly expanding family, faculty and student neighbourhoods has required it to deliver its own municipal services including recreation centres. The student precinct is at the historic centre of the campus and is the heart of student activities. Unchanged for 25 years, it provides student services, administrative and recreational amenities and is the primary transit destination. Most successful swimming team In 2012, UBC sent more swimmers to the London Olympic Summer Games than anywhere

in Canada and had the most successful swimming team in the country. Meanwhile the explosive market-driven expansion of the Endowment Lands and burgeoning campus community has created the fastest growing youth and family population in the Lower Mainland. The new aquatic centre is required to meet the needs of both these groups; a high performance training / competition venue and community aquatic centre within a single facility while engaging the public realm and contributing to campus life and the student experience. Eminent venue The 7,900 m² programme includes a 51 m FINA basin with a moveable bulkhead, a 25 m diving well with movable floor, and a warm water leisb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The new Aquatic Centre for the University of British Columbia combines recreational with competition swimming. The two areas are arranged in parallel, but intelligently use Y-shaped columns for visual, but not complete spatial separation. The competition area is somewhat introverted with diminished links with the exterior but with good daylight illumination via the long skylight above the Y-shaped columns. The recreational area is more outward-looking. The dynamically shaped roof is adapted to the functions of the building. It opens up naturally towards the entrance, admitting views from outside where it makes sense, and closes off the building where the stands for the competition area are located. With its bright, friendly interior atmosphere, the designers have developed an exemplary solution for swimming. sb 5/2019





sure basin. The plan is divided north-south into four programme bars: changing rooms, community aquatics, competition aquatics and spectator bleachers. The new facility is fully accessible and inclusive, provides ideal acoustics for coaching communication and training, and all finishes and systems are designed for durability and ease of maintenance; all while visually symbolizing the eminent venue of international competition. Configuration The requirement to co-programme elite-level ­training and competitions with daily community use led to a 2-sided pool hall divided by a Y-shaped columns and a continuous skylight bisecting the building. In section, a translucent screen creates a luminous barrier between the two spaces, reflecting abundant sunlight into the “leisure” side, while providing the required controlled and balanced light into the “competitive” side. Sustainability The project is designed to LEED Gold standards and pursues “regenerative neighbourhood” goals by integrating with new campus infrastructure developments. The project focuses on daylighting, innovative water re-use and air quality strategies that are precedent-setting for North American aquatic facilities. A 3-compartment cistern stores water from the roof and adjacent transit plaza. The water “tops-up” evaporative loss in the basins, provides for grey water flushing, and supplies a site irrigation system. 12


Chloramine-contaminated air is scoured from the water surface by an air flow delivered from a central bench structure and returned within the upper edge of the perimeter pool gutter. Developed in coordination with on-campus research, this system is intended to provide exceptional natatorium air quality and mitigate the problems of “swimmer’s asthma”. The sectional split brings light deep into the centre of the natatorium plan, where it is reflected or diffused to provide required natural lighting conditions. A continuous ceramic fritted glazing band on three elevations and sensors for zoned lighting control respond to the level of natural light. Promoting inclusivity The inclusive design uses precedent-setting and highly innovative universal change areas that address nascent gender, sexual, cultural, and religious concerns on campus. Roughly 60 per cent of the change rooms at the aquatic centre are designated universal. Private cubicles are arranged in parallel rows, opening up sight lines that extend from outside right into the pool itself. The universal change rooms with on-deck showers promote inclusivity, blending both private and public spaces to create an enhanced communal swimming experience. The universal change rooms have been lauded for their privacy, safety and accessible design.

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Location Viborg, Denmark Client/Operator Viborg Kommune and GAME Architects EFFEKT Architects Copenhagen, Denmark Photos Rasmus Hjortshøj Official opening March 2018 Construction costs DKK 17 million (EUR 2.3 million)


Streetmekka is a new cultural destination offering a wide variety of facilities for self-­ organized sports like parkour, skate, bouldering, basketball, trial and a series of customized workshop areas for music production, DJ’ing, an animation studio, fabrication lab and various artist studios and wood- and metalworkshops. Architecture firm EFFEKT has transformed an abandoned windmill factory into a vibrant hub for street sports and youth culture. Social spaces and informal meeting areas are distributed throughout the building and strategically interwoven between primary functions based on the notion that proximity to activities lowers the threshold for participation.

found in almost every suburban industrial zone in the western world. Constructed from prefabricated concrete panels or corrugated steel, these industrial leftovers are perceived as having little or negligible historic, cultural and architectural value.

Breathing new life into abandoned ­industrial buildings The original building once served as a windmill factory and is a typical example of one of the many mass-produced warehouse or factory buildings from the late 1960s and 70s

Instead of taking the traditional approach and demolishing the leftover building, EFFEKT wanted to explore how to reuse and re-programme this type of insignificant and mostly introverted building typology in a qualitative way and with a very limited budget. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT GAME streetmekka Viborg is a great solution for tackling two different contemporary challenges in today’s society: The sustainable re-use of abandoned prefabricated industrial buildings and the creation of lasting social change through youth-led sports and culture. What makes this project really special and prize-worthy is the unconventional and ingenious creation of links between the inside and outside areas. Being accessible 24/7 and already counting 10% of Viborg’s inhabitants as its members only one year after the start of operation, the facility demonstrates how young people can be attracted to physi­ cal activities and can learn how to socially interact in many meaningful ways. Considering that the budget was very limited, the jury was overwhelmed by the multitude of activities the facility now offers. sb 5/2019


With many vacated industrial sites being incorporated in urban expansion, this approach may be replicated and can pave the way for the revitalization of many other disregarded buildings left to deteriorate or facing demolition. New neighbourhoods can benefit from these industrial heritage markers to build identity and sense of place. Individualized and self-organized alternatives The functional goal of Streetmekka is to create a series of functional spaces for sports, cultural and social purposes arranged in a highly complex programmatic network. The aim is to meet the increasing demand for self-organized and individualized alternatives to established club sports and cultural activities. The cultural centre is run by Game, a non-governmental organisation founded in 2002 with a mission to create lasting social change through youth-led street sports and culture. The organization aims to attract local youth and create lasting social change through street sports and culture, enabling integration and empowering them in their future lives. 16

Growing new communities New Streetmekka 2.0 is for everyone. It does not matter if you want to participate, create, hang out or watch – there is a designated space for everything and everyone. The idea of expanding the original programme to include so many different types of activity under the same roof is based on the notion that co-existence breeds new synergies and new social relations. Additionally, it exposes visi­ tors to new types of activity they might never have realized existed, encouraging future engagement. The maker labs and workshop areas enable users to ­continuously develop and reconfigure the facility. Street­ mekka Viborg is not static in terms of programme or in physical appearance. It will continue to evolve with users – both short-term (due to the animated façades and street-art) as well as long-term (when new programmes are added and old ones removed). Indoor streetscape The architectural concept is based upon the idea of an indoor streetscape. The project opens the introverted sb 5/2019

industrial building and transforms the impressive central factory space into a new kind of interior space: a covered streetscape open to the outside. It measures 3,170 m². The streetscape concept is used to define and organize the various functions and place them in relation to specific requirements, such as spatial quality, daylight, material and temperature zones. The new volume is then wrapped with a functional translucent polycarbonate skin, giving the appearance of a light and welcoming building while also serving as a giant canvas for local visual artists to display and project their art while also clearly differentiating the building from the surrounding industrial facilities. The polycarbonate was chosen for the façade, due to its durabilty and robustness, which make it an apt material to withstand the use as a sport center. Streetmekka in Viborg is the first lot to be transformed in the new neighbourhood and will work as a catalyst for city life in the upcoming area. The indoor space is sustainably arranged according to defined temperature zones sb 5/2019

related to the activity: meeting room and workshops are enclosed in separate heated volumes whereas the active sports take place in the main volume at 15° Celsius. The surrounding landscape stretches over 2,000 m² and becomes the natural extension of the indoor surface with various street sports and cultural functions placed in a recreational string of greenery connecting the site to the downtown area through a future pedestrian and bicycle path. Cost The preservation of the original structure and the reuse and upcycling of materials made it possible to carry out refurbishment at very low expense. Many of the original components were also repurposed as furniture elements for the parkour activities and hang-out spaces. The final cost of the building is approximately one third of that of a traditional sports hall. The project was funded with support from Realdania (a philanthropic association) and the Danish foundations Lokale- & Anlægsfonden, TrygFonden and NordeaFonden. 17


Location Rateče Planica, Slovenia Client/Operator Zavod za šport RS Planica Architects Studio Abiro Ljubljana, Slovenia STVAR projektiranje Ljubljana, Slovenia Studio AKKA Ljubljana, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic F. A. Bobo Official opening December 2015 Construction costs EUR 38.6 million


PLANICA NORDIC CENTER NORDIC CENTRE IN RATEČE PLANICA, SLOVENIA Located at the very entrance to Triglav National Park, Planica Nordic Centre is an extension and upgrade of the famous Planica ski jumps built in 1934. This location boasts favourable climatic conditions, adequate slope angle and the position of the slope for the Nordic disciplines as well as extremely favourable microclimatic conditions for ski jumping. Carefully considering the materials and with a clear design language, the team at Studio Abiro, STVAR and Studio AKKA has ensured that Planica Nordic Centre remains in harmony with the undulating silhouettes of the mountains and tranquil forests. The Nordic Centre is organised with a fan-like distribution of the ski jumps, creating a spatial order that integrates all elements into a non-hierarchical unity. The levelling of the terrain at the outrun of the ski jumps matches the downward slope of the valley bottom and, via the cross-country stadium along with the car park, links up with the skiing tracks on the other side of the valley. The central building and the cross-country stadium are situated at the edge of the valley.

The centre has been planned and designed to permit the organisation of logistically demanding events, however, there is also great emphasis placed on all-year-round operation of the training and recreation centre. Ski jumps of all sizes, intended for both beginners and top athletes, have synthetic surfaces and can be used throughout the whole year. The roller skiing track is designed in the same way. Multifunctional surfaces and overlapping applications make it possible to practise different activities sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT Planica Nordic Center is a modern complex created by expanding and modernising the existing facilities in the Triglov National Park. It is noted for its versatile and year-round use and provides optimal conditions for elite sport and major international events, as well as for mass sports usage and tourism. This project is marked by its clear, linear design, which was planned in incredible harmony with the mountain landscape. The jury was extremely impressed by the magnificent integration of the facility into the landscape, the opportunities for hosting major events and the strategy of year-round use. Worthy of special note is the use of the underground tunnel for cross-country skiing training in summer. sb 5/2019


throughout the year. Ensuring a comfortable open space for hikers and strollers has been as important as providing favourable conditions for training. The central building is the architectural ­centrepiece, located in the middle between the jumping and cross-­ country skiing areas of the complex. In harmony with the natural surroundings The strength and materiality of the structure of the ski jumps and towers remain exposed and unclad. The geometry of the arc of the jump – the key element of design in visible structural concrete – defines the base parts of the jump. The geometric design is therefore not subjected to any other aspect. By carefully selecting the design language, the dynamic of a ski jump is reflected in its purest form. This creates harmony between the design of the ski jump and the original mountain morphology. Indoor cross-country course for training in summer The built-in part of the central facility includes a terrace-­ like layout where the cross-country stadium and football pitch are located. In the entrance hall, there are the horizontal and vertical wind tunnels that form a closed air loop over six floors. This is followed by the underground hall that houses a course for cross-country skiing in the 20

summer and a parking garage or is used for the organisation of winter competitions. The concentric architecture above the terrain uses its dynamic content and image to equally connect natural and cultural elements of the environment. When the temporary competition equipment is removed, the central green area is the spot for trainees and visitors to enjoy, on a daily basis, the perfect tranquillity of ski jumps in the valley at the foot of the Alps. Natural resources and durable materials The entire load-bearing structure is made of durable materials that require low maintenance. The installations and the technical equipment are made of galvanised steel. The surfaces, parts and places where jumpers and other users come into direct physical contact with a ski jump and surrounding objects are made of solid wood. The entire complex, which requires great quantities of water and energy to operate, relies solely on natural resources. Rainwater is collected from all firm ground and collected for later use for irrigation and artificial snow. The primary energy source for heating the facilities and cooling the indoor running track for cross-country skiing in the central facility is groundwater. The entire balance of water consumption is regulated by an intricate system. sb 5/2019

Year-round training and entertainment Planica Nordic Centre is a destination intended for three different target groups. It hosts more than 40 different national and international competitions, the most important being the Ski Jumping World Cup Finals, the Cross-Country World Cup, and the 2023 Nordic World Ski Championship. With more than 35,000 training units, the centre is the destination for the everyday training of ski jumpers and cross-country skiers. The seven ski jumps are operated in winter (on snow) and in summer (on a synthetic surface). The infrastructure offers courses totalling 7 km for cross-country skiing in winter, a track measuring 2.5 km for roller skiing, and an 800 m track in the snow tunnel in summer. The third target group is the 200,000 visitors coming to Planica as a touristic destination. Besides the culinary offers at the restaurant and the interactive presentation at the museum, the tourists can enjoy hiking, ski flying, sightseeing (a chairlift goes to the top of the ski flying hill while the world’s steepest zipline offers a thrilling descent at a maximum speed of 85 km/h), or flying in the wind tunnel. All revenues coming from the extra offers are spent on the operation and maintenance of the sports facility. The business model follows the principle of generating profit that is in turn invested in maintaining the infrastructure. sb 5/2019

Central building with indoor cross-country course



RIVIERA WATER PARK Location Brno, Czech Republic Client/Operator Starez Sport Architects A77 Architekti Brno, Czech Republic CENTROPROJECT GROUP Zlín, Czech Republic Photos Veronika Dvorak, Starez Sport Official opening June 2018 Construction costs CZK 218 million (EUR 8.3 million)


OUTDOOR WATER PARK IN BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC Riviera Water Park re-opened to the public in June 2018 after major renovation encompassing the substitution of the original concrete pools with stainless steel tanks, as well as the creation of the new white-concrete walkways. It ranks among the largest outdoor water parks in the Czech Republic. The designers from A77 aimed to maintain, to the highest possible extent, the unique concept of a natural swimming pool by involving a phenomenon of the distributary river channel. The site enjoys an ideal natural setting on the banks of the River Svratka in the downtown of Brno. At the beginning of the 19th century, a spa building in the classicist style was constructed on the site of today’s outdoor water park. People, however, had not shown great interest in the project and the building was used for various other purposes, all the while changing owners several times. No proper maintenance was performed and the park was closed to the public. In 2006 a new company took over the aquatic

centre and the park was re-opened to the public. The park facilities then underwent major renovations between September 2017 and May 2018. The water park consists of a series of cascades formed by three pools situated in an artificial­ riverbed spanned by two bridges. The riverbed was built in the former channel of the River Svratka, its length being almost 500 m. The shapes of the new pools made of stainless steel sheet imitate the former pools, with the excep sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The „Brno Riviera“ project is unique. The basic idea of the project was to develop an artificial river landscape alongside the River Svratka, which takes the appearance of a natural branch of the Svratka without being connected to it. This enables a multitude of sports and leisure activities. From the shallow children‘s pool via a leisure area with exciting attractions ranging from rope configurations, nets and a climbing wall to a swimmers‘ area, there is something for every age group. The materials used – stainless steel for the pools, concrete for the shore areas and wood for the two bridges – generate an attractive outdoor pool landscape which, despite its artificial materiality, nestles naturally in the landscape as if it had always been there. sb 5/2019


tion of the bottom that was raised by approximately 150 mm due to renovation works. Three compartments for different user groups Corridors of staircases and rest areas with large seating steps were installed in the inner bends of the pools. Four concrete dams, which divide the artificial water channel into three compartments, were either partially rehabilitated or newly built: a dam between the kids’ pool and the leisure pool, a dam between the leisure pool and the swimming pool, a downstream outflow dam and an upstream inflow dam. The wading pool is 116.3 m in length and its average width ranges from 17 m to 25 m; the maximum depth of the pool is 0.4 m and the total pool surface area is 2,120 m². In its first two thirds, the depth is a mere 50 mm and evokes an impression of a shallow river with seven weirs. The leisure pool is 143.5 m in length and its average width ranges from 16 m to 18 m; the pool depth varies from 1.2 m to 1.5 m and the total pool surface area is 2,190 m². The pool includes a tube slide, 24

a 4 m wide water slide, massage beds, pool waterfalls with spouts, water curtains and an air bubble systems. The swimming pool is 143.2 m in length and its average width ranges from 17 m to 21 m; the pool depth varies from 1.5 m to 1.7 m and the total pool surface area is 2,200 m². There are several amusement water features for older children and teenagers situated at the end of the pool, including a suspension bridge, a climbing wall and a climbing net. The sheer size of the outdoor water park makes this project unique. New walking surfaces made of white cast-inplace concrete with a fine broom-roughened finish as an architectural accent smoothly adjoin the new surrounds of the pool bodies which are formed by stainless steel edges and overflow channels. The shapes of the paved surfaces evoke riverbank beaches and contain integrated stainless steel footbaths and body showers at their ends. The renovation of the park also included ground formation and landscaping works. The water park expands the surrounding natural environment while creating a modern leisure object. sb 5/2019

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ROGERS PLACE MULTIPURPOSE STADIUM IN EDMONTON, CANADA Location Edmonton, AB, Canada Client/Operator Oilers Entertainment Group Architects HOK Architects Kansas City, MO, USA Photos Michael Robinson Photography Official opening September 2016 Construction costs CAD 613.7 millions (EUR 427.6 millions)


From its iconic modern architecture, to its buzz-worthy restaurants and the NHL’s largest true HD scoreboard, Rogers Place delivers a world-class, awe-inspiring entertainment experience. Opened in September 2016, the home of the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings and an all-star roster of live entertainment truly has something for everyone. The vision of Rogers Place was born when Daryl Katz purchased the Oilers in 2008. At the time he stated a desire to not only find the Oilers a new home in downtown Edmonton, but to do it in a style that would transform the city and encourage further downtown development. Through his partnership with the City of Edmonton, that vision has already been realized with over USD 2 billion of development underway in Katz’s Ice District development alone in phase one and ­billions more planned in the future.

Rogers Place is an arena built for fans. The arena measures 76,106 m². Among its many significant features are a lower bowl of over 9,000 seats, terrific sightlines, wide concourses, leading food and beverage offerings, and the latest in technology. Rogers Place seats 18,347 for hockey games and 20,000+ for concerts and other events. Whether attending an Oilers game or the biggest of concerts, guests of Rogers Place experience it all in the most dynamic of entertainment environments. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT A collaborative private-public partnership between the city and the Oilers has developed a vision of high-level standard of sports and entertainment design. The venue location as well as the design of its façade is well integrated into the downtown core of the city and offers efficient connectivity of both pedestrian and transportation systems. The design of the Oilers Stadium includes all aspects of sustainability and accessibility venue value. Rogers Place has set a high standard to mini­mize the environmental impact during construction and opera­ tion. From the “last mile” to the seating bowl, every aspect of the spectator experience has been well-contributed into the delivery of the project. sb 5/2019


Rogers Place was designed to create unforgettable fan experiences for every customer. The five-concourse design, including a full upper concourse, allows both the upper and lower bowls to be top loaded and allows for proximate amenities for every ticket holder. The wide concourses allow for a very high level of service in customer circulation and are supported by 15 escalators and 19 elevators. Although Rogers Place is just three years old, the history of the Edmonton Oilers and hockey in Edmonton is cel­ ebrated throughout the building. Murals along the sidewalks commemorate some of the hockey club’s most memorable moments and the Oilers Hall of Fame Room features jerseys, memorabilia and five replica Stanley Cups. Accessing from the public transport station, guests pass by a brightly coloured, circular sculpture titled Skater’s Arch, achieving a dramatic pictorial presence. Its flowing, 28

window-like form becomes a framing device capturing the dynamics of ice-skating. The push of the blade, as it cuts into the ice surface to propel the skater forward, is exemplified through a myriad of cut-out shapes, which evoke the style of Henri Matisse, creating the sculpture’s dynamic form. Central gathering place Ford Hall is the jewel of Rogers Place. It is a stunning combination of architecture, technology, natural light and art that serves as the front door for Rogers Place. Rogers Place and Ford Hall were intentionally designed to be of the same architectural form and material palette. The upper arena and bridge-like form of Ford Hall are covered in a high quality metal and glass cladding system, which sweeps around the perimeter in curving forms and edges reminiscent of snow drifts and the movement of the game of hockey itself. This same sb 5/2019

Located in the centre of Ford Hall, Tsa tsa ke k’e - “Iron Foot Place” by Canadian artist Alex Janvier is a breathtaking 14 m in diameter, circular mosaic set in the floor. The piece represents the natural beauty of the Edmonton area, highlighting the skies, lakes and stories of the region. It illustrates Edmonton’s history and continuing legacy as a meeting place.

Conscious construction During construction, 89.3 per cent of the c­ onstruction waste was diverted from the landfill so it could be reused or recycled. Beyond waste reduction, the building is located in a high-density neighbourhood and is connected to downtown through walkways around the facility and transit infrastructure, including several Light Rail Transit stops within a ten-minute walk. The building also features low-flow plumbing fixtures, charging stations for electric cars in the parkade and has incorporated green cleaning and an improved processing of food waste to help cut down the building’s water and waste use.

Attached to Rogers Place is the new Downtown Community Arena, which is operated by the City of Edmonton and was built as part of the Rogers Place project. The facility provides a programmable community space for free public skates, ice rentals for minor sports teams and learn-to-skate programs.

A leader in environmental awareness, Rogers Place received LEED Silver Certification in December 2017, and was the first NHL facility in Canada built to LEED Silver certification requirements. This state-of-the-art facility is a catalyst to the city’s downtown core while also setting the bar for future growth and sustainability.

quality of façade is made present not only on perimeter envelope but also portions of roof and the underside of Ford Hall because they are deemed equally important and visible as other more typical façade surfaces.

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SPORTCAMPUS ZUIDERPARK SPORTCAMPUS IN THE HAAGUE, NETHERLANDS Located at the heart of the historic Zuiderpark, the EUR 50 million sports campus is an innovative collaboration of alliances between education, sport, sports science and the commu­ nity, for both the municipality of The Hague and its private partners: the Haagse Hogeschool and ROC Mondriaan. As the Zuiderpark is listed as a “national monument”, FaulknerBrowns designed the building to preserve the unique character of its historic surroundings. Location Den Haag, Netherlands Client/operator Gemeente Den Haag Architects FaulknerBrowns Architects Newcastle, United Kingdom Photos Scagliola Brakkee Hufton+Crow Official opening Juni 2017 Construction costs EUR 50 million


The overriding aim is to emphasize the importance of sport and exercise through learning and engagement, for the amateur as well as the elite athlete, using sport as the inspiration to deliver a healthier society. The 34,000 m² sports campus includes a gymnastics hall, beach sports hall, spectator arena and a multi-purpose sports hall, as well as a variety of sports science and education spaces. Motion and activity The design solution is an interpretation of the brief to embody within the campus the principles of “motion and activity”. This is expressed externally in the fluid movement of the elevational

treatment. At ground level, the curved form of the plan is expressed by a simple plinth constructed from textured precast concrete panels. The upper part of the elevation is expressed as a metallic “ribbon” that narrows and twists to reveal glazing on the elevation. Constructed from brightly polished stainless steel, the dynamic ribbon changes colour with different lighting conditions and cloud patterns, as well as reflecting the animation of its natural setting. Belonging in the Zuiderpark The curved nature of the building creates the perception that the building’s edges are

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JURY VERDICT Sportcampus Zuiderpark shows what can happen when a university, sports institutions and a city all work together to create an exemplary sports facil­ ity that is accessible to all. The building location in Zuiderpark gives the sports centre a promi­ nent place in the city and a historic opportunity to become the focal amenities for an entire neighbourhood. Despite its large footprint and ambi­ tious programme, the volume has been sensitively scaled by the design team so as not to overwhelm the natural surroundings. Each space is thoughtfully used and supports the building‘s main aim which is to activate a broad range of users into motion and support a healthy lifestyle. The sports centre achieves this through intelligence and grace. sb 5/2019


retreating into the distance, minimising its visual scale. The largest interior volumes – primarily the areas for sport – have been situated to the rear of the building allowing the height to be reduced significantly at the front, where the majority of the education spaces are located. The high-sided rear elevation has been positioned to respond directly to the urban city context, whilst the front elevation responds at a human scale to the public parkland. Here, an animated entrance courtyard acts as an extension to the park, creating a physical link between the campus and the main approach routes.

taic solar panels to generate energy for the building and solar collectors to produce hot water for the showers. The energy generated by the roof is supplemented by a groundwater heating and cooling system which utilises two wells excavated to different depths. In the summer when there is a demand for cooling, groundwater is pumped from the shallower “cold” water well and fed through a heat exchanger to provide cooling for the building. Due to this energy transfer the water returns warmed and is fed back into the deeper “warm” water well. In the winter the system is reversed to provide heating to the building.

Building for the future The municipality of The Hague has the ambition to be climate-neutral by 2040. This informed the client’s desire for a sustainable campus.

The building has been fitted with an energy monitoring and management system which provides energy generation and usage data in a visual format. The monitor is displayed to users of the building in the entrance hall. Sharing this information in real time with the people visiting the building ensures that sustainability becomes a shared community ambition.

The building is designed to be as compact as possible, whilst providing the necessary space for the range of sports and education facilities. Combined with a well-insulated shell, energy loss is therefore minimised. The 20,000 m² roof is covered with over 15,000 m² of heat-regulating green sedum, as well as photovol32

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Applied Sciences) and ROC Mondriaan, and for performance training by a variety of elite sports organisations. During the evening and at weekends the facilities are made available to anyone wishing to engage in one of the many possible activities.

in the fields of sport, exercise and movement, including SME’s developing new equipment technologies for athletes with a disability. The Haagse Hogeschool and ROC Mondriaan offer a variety of sports and sports science education programmes from the campus.

One of the distinctive facilities on offer at the sports campus is the beach sports hall which holds enough space for six beach volleyball courts or two beach soccer pitches. A specially configured water-misting system maintains the sand at the ideal moisture level to prevent the propulsion of dust particles into the indoor environment. The elite standard facility is the permanent training location for the Netherlands Beach Volleyball Team and The Hague Beach Volleyball Team; these are two of many sports clubs and organisations that are based at the campus.

Legacy Sportcampus Zuiderpark is even more than a centre of excellence for sport and movement. The integration of accessible spaces for education and recreational sport has created an inspiring environment which celebrates and promotes the value of sport for the health and wellbeing of all.

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Capable of hosting a variety of international standard sporting events in the public heart of the city, the sports campus provides the inspiration to motivate people of all generations to participate in new activities in the footsteps of the athletes before them.



GREAT PLAINS RECREATION FACILITY RECREATION FACILITY FOR ICE SPORT IN CALGARY, CANADA Location Calgary, AB, Canada Client/Operator City of Calgary Architects MJMA Toronto, ON, Canada MTA Calgary, AB, Canada Photos Shai Gil Official opening April 2016 Construction costs CAD 24.7 million (EUR 16.4 million)


The Great Plains recreation facility features two multi-purpose rinks and brings together ice sport enthusiasts from across the city for hockey, sledge hockey, ringette, and figure skating. MJMA architects are anticipating its extension by developing a geometry that is flipped and mirrored to complete the quad pad complex. The City of Calgary’s new recreation facility program aims to develop centres that will provide accessible recreation opportunities and accommodate a variety of sports at different levels of play, as outlined in the Recreation Master Plan 2010-2020. Designed for athletes and fans, the Great Plains facility accommodates up to 600 spectators through a combination of warm- and cold-side seating. Amenities include two multi-purpose rinks, spectator seating, large and small rooms for use as studios, classrooms and meeting spaces, food and beverage services, pro shop, change rooms and officials’ rooms, dryland training space and administration offices.

Context / site approach As a civic anchor of the east city edge, the Great Plains recreation facility is a social and architectural catalyst for this industrial area. The project elevates the architectural expression in the area and sets an example for subsequent developments. The area is characterised by large light industrial buildings. The building design is fully integrated with the storm water path of the landscape and the building is bermed into its landscape, ameliorating and integrating the building mass with the earth. The façades are layered and dematerialised upward, from black, to zinc, to white with glazed panelling blending with the sky. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT Set within an industrial area on the outer edges of Calgary, the building‘s large mass fits in with its surroundings. It elevates the typology of the ice hockey rink by creating a multifaceted massing that is enriched by its varied exterior elevations. An orangetinged incision into the facility‘s mass mark the entrance into a thoughtfully arranged pair of ice rinks creating well-proportioned areas for players, skaters and spectators. Room is already available on the site for possible future expansion. The berming landscape further grounds the building into its surroundings. The recreational facility celebrates Canada’s devotion to ice sports like hockey and figure skating as well as becoming one of the city‘s new social anchors. sb 5/2019


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Design approach The torqued hexagonal plan responds to the forces of the site. The perimeter defines the lower building’s volume of change, mechanical, and administrative areas. The higher arena volumes are connected as a singular hexagon capturing screened mechanical spaces. The south and north upper façades allow for controlled clerestory light to the rinks, while skylights illuminate the centre. A bright orange Boolean extrusion acts as the entrance signifier, mimicking the low western sunset. Internally illuminated orange HDPE panels are used to frame the two change room entrances. A clear architectural concept for colour is used as wayfinding and the building’s expression. Interior graphic elements triangulate the site’s primary access points, focally reinforcing the user experience at the heart of the space. 36

Redefining civic space This project takes one of the most vital but underappreciated community spaces and inverts its typical planning to create a true civic hub. Recreation facilities are civic spaces that create healthy communities; but their design should also foster meaningful social engagement. A typical arena arranges the team rooms at the centre of the facility with seating above or on the perimeter with diffuse social spaces. By placing the change rooms to the periphery, a central social space is created at the heart of the building. This contiguous warm-side/cold-side viewing creates a place for social activity. Futureproofing Anticipating the city’s recreational needs, the project proposes a twin-pad arena with the site designed to allow sb 5/2019

for expansion. This requirement drove the site and building configuration. Expansion is anticipated by developing a geometry that is flipped and mirrored to complete the quad pad complex; defining two arrival forecourts. The internal plan would create a centralised lobby around an elevated restaurant space. The project is a city-owned facility with secured public ice times but is privately operated. The architects worked closely with the operators “CanLan Ice Sports� to ensure the building was maintainable, operationally efficient, and a good business venture. Sustainability The project targets LEED Gold certification as a City of Calgary mandate. The landscape design is a hybrid of storm water management strategies and resilient planting that exceeds city standards. Particular attention has sb 5/2019

been focused on reduced water use and storm water retention. The facility collects rain water, releasing it through a central oversized scupper to the east and into a sculpted dry river bed and stormwater retention area. Berming­efforts across the site assist with stormwater management functions, while protecting and insulating the facility from harsh winter conditions. As a large user of energy for process loads, recovery and reuse of heat has been a mechanical focus. The Great Plains recreation facility sought to rethink current arena design, utilizing heat-recovery and reuse to optimize energy consumption. Strategies include domestic water preheat, underslab hydronic heating, ice melting and air preheat. The holistic design of the facility incorporates charging stations, autoshare, and internal bike parking along with all City of Calgary sustainable building policies. 37


P-HUS AND KONDITAGET LÜDERS ROOFTOP PLAYGROUND IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK For a conventional 7-storey car park in the harbour district of Nordhavn, a neighbourhood in Denmark’s Capi­ tal, JAJA architects have upgraded its monofunctional use to a playground on the rooftop. The red handrail leading to the rooftop landscape and to an amazing view of the Copenhagen harbour literally takes the visitor by the hand, before it transforms into ball cages, jungle gyms and swings. The multi-storey car park is situated in the Århusgade­ kvarteret district. The neighbourhood is currently under development and will host a mix of new and existing buildings. Today, the area is known as the Red Neighbourhood because of the historical and characteristic red-brick harbour buildings. The concrete structure has a rational and industrial crudeness, which suits the area’s spirit and history; however, the traditional concrete parking structure can appear cold and hard. Taking up the area’s red-brick identity, red colouring is added to the concrete structure and the grey frame is transLocation formed into a unique building strucNordhavn, Denmark ture. It radiates warmth and intimacy through its materiality and Planer/operator surface. By & Havn Architects JAJA Architects Copenhagen, Denmark Photos Rasmus Hjortshøj Official opening August 2016 Construction cost DKK 94 million (EUR 12.58 million)


Façade as red thread The basic principle of an active multi-storey car park is the idea of an accessible and recreational roof offered to local residents and visitors alike. A staircase towards the open square provides a diagonal connection between street and roof levels, and invites people to ascend along the façade. Instead of ­hiding the parking house structure, the

grid is accentuated in the façade. A system of planters is hung in a pattern informed by the grid, celebrating the structure rather than masking it. The staircase has references to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, where advancing along the façade is an experience in itself. Along the back wall of the staircase, JAJA architects worked together with RAMA Studio to create a graphic frieze, which in an abstract, figurative form conveys the history of the area. Living roof On top of the roof the railing becomes a sculpture and offers experiences, resting spaces, play areas and spatial diversity. The activities along the red thread are traditional such as swings and climbing sculptures but also more architectural elements such as fencing and plants, which emphasize or establish spaces while providing shelter from the weather. The red rubber flooring of the roof top playground is made of recycled sneaker soles. As such the structure becomes a red thread through the project and unites the façade, the stairs and the activities on the roof as a single element. Copenhagen’s multi-storey car park is a social meeting ground and an active part of its local environment – as an urban bonus for locals, athletes and visitors alike. Best of all, it seems to appeal to both young and elderly, as it offers facilities for both play, training, and just enjoying the spectacular view over the Copenhagen harbour. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The Lüders workout roof is an exemplary answer to the challenge of fitting sport and play into dense cityscapes. At Lüders, you are invited to the roof of a parking garage by ascending the façade on two long staircases. A stopwatch that times the ascent motivates the visitor to keep going up. After arrival on the rooftop, Lüders offers a spectacular view and a range of activities. The jury believes that Lüders delivers a new perspective on how and where to place recrea­ tional facilities in cities. It uncovers areas and spaces that have been previously overlooked. By finding, drawing attention to and using the former “dead areas”, Lüders gives hope for the future of active life in cities. The project shows that if designers are creative and owners are willing to think in a new direction, space is there and active city life is possible. sb 5/2019



DIÓSGYŐR STADIUM SOCCER STADIUM IN MISKOLC, HUNGARY Diósgyőr Stadium takes a big step forward in rebuilding the historical sports ground and revitalising the site on the edge of an abandoned industrial area and a suburb. The new stadium planned by Közti Architects and Engineers is much larger than its predecessor and becomes part of the visual boundary. The goal of the design concept was to create an open, receptive stadium out of simple, archetypal elements. The stadium consists of the chalice-like grandstand, the butterfly roof above it and three service buildings. Their joint, open mass attracts visitors to the grandstand while maintaining visual contact between visitors to increase the gathering crowd’s effect on the atmosphere.

Location Miskolc, Hungary Client/Operator Diósgyöri Stadionrekonstrukciós Kft. Architects Közti Architects & Engineers Budapest, Hungary Photos Balázs Danyi Tamás Bujnovszky Norbert Perness Official opening May 2018 Construction costs HUF 13 millions (EUR 40 millions)


The partly covered, public pedestrian area between the arterial street and the stadium provides a view of the playing field owing to the building’s chalice-like open design. This open space is divided by steps, team logo, benches and brasserie terraces. The other three sides of the stadium are bordered by access roads and parking areas. The two single-storey buildings on the short sides have been built separately from the structure of the stadium so that the effect of the chalice-like character is not diminished. These serve home and away users. The changing rooms, event halls, media areas, offices and their service rooms are located in the western, main building, integrated into the prefabricated reinforced concrete structure. Materials from local industry The design began with a concept considering the local industrial capability of the city of Miskolc which is known for its steel and pre-

fabricated concrete production. The materials used were chosen because they are durable and require little maintenance. Most of the functional units are multi-purpose to reduce building and operational costs. The stadium’s supply systems can be easily sectioned and metered separately and adjusted to actual use. Rainwater collected from the roof and energy produced by the solar thermal collectors are utilised in the stadium. The stadium’s natural grass football pitch was built for quality football. Most of the rooms can be used for a variety of functions. The paved areas around the stadium complete with trees and lighting are freely accessible to the public and have been the venues of local amateur cycling and running events. Accessibility on every level Behind the entrance points, the circulation areas for visitors and the related service areas are located on a single, accessible floor. There are accessible stairs leading to the grandstand, and the seating area allocated for wheelchair users can be accessed by a low gradient ramp. Accessible steps and elevators lead to the VIP, press and service areas. Each upper floor is accessible, and a safe route for the evacuation of disabled persons in an emergency has been provided. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT This stadium offers a remarkably simple and elegant approach to massing a spectator venue. The inverted pyramid seating bowl expresses in minimalist terms the very essence of a stadium. A floating roof protects all the spectator seating and continues the elegance of the overall design. During evening events the roof acts as a light bounce, reinforcing the energy and excitement of game night. Arranging washrooms, concessions and support areas under the seating allows the concourse to have views of the surrounding area. This, combined with a highly transparent enclosure, leaves the inverted pyramid as a pure and uncluttered form. The architecture of the stadium is straight-forward, efficient, and effective. The design team has elegantly captured the essence of a stadium form, enhanced it through lighting and lightness and created a real icon. sb 5/2019



WORLD ARCHERY EXCELLENCE CENTRE ARCHERY CENTRE IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND The City of Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud had the vision to build up a legacy for archery in the Olympic Capital Lausanne. Tardin & Pittet Architects planned a building that allows multiple functions and serves as a long-term benefit for the sport, to the community and to the World Archery Federation. As the facility is in the middle of a natural forested area, the building was constructed half below ground level. The building is well integrated into its natural surroundings and reduces its visual impact from the outside. The lower part of the outside façade is covered by wood while the top half consists of a line of windows all around creating a “camouflage” effect. Noise impact reduced by materials The concept resulted in a single compact “block” facility that is environmentally friendly, fully integrated in the natural and forested surroundings, managed as a single unit, but with Location three different areas to operate: Lausanne, Switzerland the Easton indoor hall (2,700 m²), social and service areas (2,700 m²) Client/Operator and the Sport-Toto outdoor range FIDTA (6,000 m²). The hall itself was Architects designed to host different activities Tardin & Pittet Architects at the same time in different zones. Lausanne, Switzerland The choice of materials as well as the placement of the walls focusses Photos on absorbing noise and preventing Maria Jose Godoy echo. The largest indoor hall has no structural columns on the surface Official opening August 2016 as it makes use of transversal structures. Geothermal energy is used to Construction costs heat the building; solar panels are CHF 14 million placed on the roof. All of the con(EUR 13 million) 42

crete was recycled, and everything was done to achieve an environmental friendly building. The current activities programme includes commercial and corporate events, archery school programmes, archery initiation courses for groups or individuals and archery performance services to clubs, teams, individual archers and archery national federations. In addition, the facility is used for other sports such as floor-ball, table tennis and Olympic air rifle shooting. Educational activities such as coaches’ and judges’ courses are part of the annual activities programme, as well as clinics and workshops. The annual activities programme is designed to cover cost or generate profit in order to make the centre operationally sustainable. Offering activities for all kind of groups The facility was built for use by all users of all levels and ages and people of all abilities, offering a wide range of activities for both archers and non-archers, of all ages, from individuals to groups, for people with or without a disability. The facilities are fully accessible and fully equipped for users in wheelchairs and with any other physical disabilities. Recently the centre collaborated with a sports project involving refugees. It has a social impact on the region by having public and private schools practising the sport of archery and other sports. The “Foundation to help troubled teens through sport” uses the sports facilities three times per week. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The challenge in the planning of single-sport performance centres is for them to facilitate, despite their focus, a wide range of uses appealing to leisure archers and other users as well. In addition, the often large buildings should blend in well with their surroundings and the landscape. The World Archery Excellence Centre has mastered this challenge outstandingly and has created a specific architecture for this type of building. The jury is impressed by the generous provision of training facilities for an Olympic sport. sb 5/2019



OXYGEN PARK OUTDOOR ACTIVITY SPACE IN DOHA, QATAR Oxygen Park is a central green space located in Education City on the outskirts of Doha. The park is the green lung of the campus in a desert environment. The team from Aecom has created a green infrastructure that has transformed the formerly arid campus into a pleasant walkable space. The park invites students and visitors to refresh their minds, bodies, and spirits through active exercise, relaxation, socialising, and exploration. The park features shaded running tracks, subterranean pitches for team sports and equestrian facilities as well as more gentle recreation areas with a series of soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres. The “balloon lights” floating above the subterranean grounds make the park visible from afar and add a touch of magic to the setting. Undulating topography as natural design principle The unique design is rooted in the landscape of dynamic land formations and wind-eroded rocks. The topography of the park was computer modelled to maximise passive cooling from the prevailing winds and to create a shaded walkway with cooling tunnel segments. Like the traditional Arabian Gulf wind towers, the available breeze is channelled through the wind passages carved in between the gardens to provide natural ventilation. Location Doha, Qatar Client/Operator Qatar Foundation, Department of Community Development Education City Architects AECOM Croydon, United Kingdom Photos Markus Elblaus Official opening December 2017


The undulating topography creates a strong spatial framework for the vari­ ous embedded programmatic activities in conjunction with the dynamic looping running tracks. Oxygen Park is designed to convey a beautiful and fluid surface; its undulations enable it to flow effortlessly as ground, roof, wall, and ceiling. The covered walkway is formed from large C-shaped reinforced-concrete ribs that are placed along one side of the track. They are founded on a continuous raft foundation that rests on the limestone formation below the park.

The curving footpaths are constructed in seeded concrete. Inspired by the wind-blown desert rock formations, the soffit and walls are clad with natural stone. The air-conditioned folly buildings provide cooled resting places. They are embedded into the slopes of the hills and are covered with a cantilevering green roof to reduce the solar heat gain. With the climate and landscape in mind, stormwater from seasonal rainfalls is stored on site through soakaways embedded in the softscape areas which enhance the natural ability of the soil to drain the water. Grass surfaces for sports activities have been equipped with smart irrigation systems with sensor technologies to control and reduce water consumption. Promoting women’s sport The park has helped Qatar to also make impressive progress in promoting women’s participation in all kinds of sport and in gender equality. Regular women-only runs in Oxygen Park provide them with the opportunity to enjoy sport in an outdoor environment while preserving their privacy. Oxygen Park is an antidote to the generic indoor gym environment and helps people to get closer to nature, while fostering social engagement and promoting active healthy lifestyles. At the botanic garden visitors can see and learn about the plants, their healing properties and conservation principles. Weekly “fun and learn” educational school programmes promote extra-curricular activities and increase young people’s awareness of the importance of plant conservation within Qatar in order to foster sustainable development and inspire student responsibility. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The jury was filled with enthusiasm for Oxygen Park because of its beautiful layout and especially for its approach in creating an inviting environment for practising sports and physical activity outside in a harsh and hot climate. The covered areas, waterfalls, trees and different activity areas create ever-changing scenery on the journey through the park that encourages visitors to keep on exploring. In the jury’s view, it is remarkable how the designers and owners have been working on many levels to adapt design elements from the desert landscape, as well as to promote an invitation for an active lifestyle for both genders and all ages. sb 5/2019



VIDEOTRON CENTER MULTI-PURPOSE ARENA AND HOCKEY STADIUM IN QUEBEC CITY, CANADA A joint venture of ABCP architecture, GLCRM architects and POPULOUS architects planned Videotron Center to host an array of events including concerts, shows, ice hockey, and other sports. The 7th-largest indoor arena in Canada is designed to meet National Hockey League standards as well as multi-purpose functions, allowing the facility to transform from an intimate 3,700-seat theatre into a 20,000 seat centre-stage concert, and everything in between. The arena, standing on the site of the former horse racing track at the edge of the Limoilou district, makes elegant use of simple geometry to mark the building’s function from multiple viewpoints around the city. Its form and materials evoke drifting snow, snow banks, and more broadly the city’s northern character inspired by Quebec’s epic winter.

offering inviting glimpses inside. The sophisticated detailing gives the commanding building a pedestrian-friendly feel. The hall features a long, patterned-glass wall that acts as a sunshield, minimizing solar gain in summer. A second wood/steel hybrid structure supports this impressive façade. At night the wall is lit to enhance the arena’s urban presence.

Main ellipse The primary elliptical arena mass is clad in immaculate white panels, while multiple ribbons of glazing provide crevasses of light and views for patrons as they move throughout the two public and two premium concourses. This elliptical façade is supported by an expressed gluelami­nated wood structure. Locally available black spruce was selected to elegantly embrace the curve of the building’s volume and to celebrate regional renewable building materials. The composite glue-laminated arches, spaced 5 m apart and each over 24 m in height, make up to 92 facets of the arena ellipse.

The entrance hall – a large open space with abundant natural light – can accommodate up to 4,000 people and was designed to combine easy crowd control at major events with a signature charm that makes it perfect for functions and banquets. The transparency of the lobby entrance declares its openness, its desire to listen and respond to its visitors.

Location Quebec City, QC, Canada Client/Operator Quebecor Sports & Entertainment Group Architects ABCP architecture Quebec City, QC, Canada GLCRM architects Quebec City, QC, Canada Populous architects Kansas City, MO, USA Photos Stephane Groleau Official opening September 2015 Construction costs CAD 370 million (EUR 245 million)


In contrast to the main ellipse, the arena’s rectilinear entrance hall is an expressive layered and transparent façade, blurring the lines between interior and exterior and

Innovative ventilation system Energy efficiency was prioritized in the design of the electrical and mechanical systems, all with a goal of optimizing the budget and life-cycle costs of these systems. This led to the selection of higher-efficiency equipment, despite the higher up-front costs. The ventilation system was displaced through a plenum beneath the seating bowl, and an ice conditioning and ventilation system through the centre-hung video scoreboard. Both solutions help reduce the HVAC loads by treating air locally, in lieu of handling the entire volume of air, and also increase spectator comfort due to lower air velocities. While the initial intent was to reduce life-cycle costs, the design team saw a parallel opportunity and aspired to set a new precedent for spectator comfort within the seating bowl, a characteristic that is often substandard in comparable arenas. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT This multifunctional center is among Quebec City’s many distinguishing features. The center evokes the local landscape and seasonal locations, taking inspiration from Quebec’s epic winter. The 20,000-seat stadium is designed to host an extensive number of events, including concerts, shows, ice hockey and other sports. The vision for the development of the venue has been successfully achieved by organising an impressive number of events, attracting growing user numbers each year. The strategy based on LEED certification has been implemented to give the project optimal environmental, economic and social values. sb 5/2019



BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM SOCCER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES Designed by Gensler, Banc of California Stadium is the home of Major League Soccer’s latest expansion team, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Set to debut in April 2018, the 22,000-seat development sets the benchmark and redefines the soccer-specific stadium fan and player experience. Built on the site of the former L.A. Memorial Sports Arena, the Banc of California Stadium is located in the Exposition Park and sits just meters away from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. As a replacement, the stadium had to fit in terms of scale. The field of play was thus sunken 6.7 meters into the ground, which also facilitates crowd circulation as fans enter the lower ring of the stands from street level.

Location Los Angeles, CA, USA Client/Operator Los Angeles Football Club Architects Gensler Sports Los Angeles, CA, USA Photos Jared Shier Ryan Gobuty Official opening April 2018 Construction costs USD 350 millions (EUR 317.4 millions)


Full day fan experience Gensler Sports placed an emphasis on the game day experience, aiming to capture a more personal relationship between players and fans by creating an intimate European-style character in a state-of-the-art facility. Diverse club offerings are available for every level of fan, embodying the „grit and glamour“ of Los Angeles – from supporters to celebrity owners. This affiliated entertainment program creates a 365-day activation for all park visitors. This program includes a restaurant, food hall, merchandise store, lounge and bar areas, and a private party terrace – creating social hubs for visitors to celebrate the team and connect with fellow fans on and off game day.

The Supporters’ Section is the only safe standing section on the West Coast and the first safe standing-rail seats in North America. At 34 degrees, the Supporters‘ Section is the steepest in Major League Soccer. The stadium provides almost complete cover of all seats. The canopy is lightweight and based on slender longspan cantilevers. In total only 2,300 tons of steel was used in the construction of this stadium, both to support the upper stands and to provide shade. The roof consists of 17,600 m² of ETFE. With no opaque façades and two empty corners, the stadium provides good ventilation and offers some fans a view of the L.A. skyline. Technology The guest WiFi network consists of 360 access points served by a 10Gbps circuit. The IPTV system with 400 displays operates throughout the stadium. Separate lanes for biometric access to the premium clubs reduces wait times at security. The LAFC App provides a comprehensive match-day experience including digital tickets, mobile wallet, AI chatbot, transportation information and services. Contactless payments are accepted throughout the stadium. Network beacons provide guests with special offers and wayfinding to points of interest throughout the stadium.

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JURY VERDICT The 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium is an exceptional example of how a sports venue can be enlivened with a day-to-day sense of place-making. The integration of the spectator bowl with a major support and entry area on the west side forms a commercial and social destination for nearby university students, residents and sports fans. This creates greater energy around the building and within the larger Exposition Park. The fanex­perience on event days is enhanced by the openness of the public area, the design of the amenity spaces, and the remarkable and open nature of the seating bowl. The combination of two different translucent roofs reinforces the overall openness and lightness of the space. Banc of California Stadium has been able to capture a unique experience for game-day fans while providing a relevant and exciting destination for the larger community. sb 5/2019



TERMALIJA FAMILY WELLNESS MODERNISATION OF SPA AND SAUNA IN PODČETRTEK, SLOVENIA Termalija Family Wellness is the latest in the series of projects executed by Enota Terme Olimia over the last fifteen years and concludes the complete transformation of the complex from a classic health centre built in the 1980s to a modern relaxing thermal spa. In the design of Termalija‘s supporting programme, the large roof above the water area was divided into sets of smaller segments to prevent its scale from overwhelming its surroundings. Viewed from a distance, the shape, colour, and scale of the newly clustered structure of tetrahedral volumes is a continuation of the cluster of the surrounding rural buildings, which simply visually extends into the heart of the complex.

Location Podčetrtek, Slovenia Client/Operator Terme Olimia Architects ENOTA Ljubljana, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambi Official opening May 2015 Construction costs EUR 11.9 million


The seemingly complex geometry gives the new roof static strength, allowing the entire pool space to be covered almost entirely without supports. The roof floats above the pool deck, which is designed as an exterior space. Due to the lack of outdoor spaces in the summer, one idea was to provide the same closed space in winter equivalent to the open space in summer. Conversion from indoor pools to outdoor space Geothermal water is gained from bores drilled deep into the ground, and the naturally heated water is used for filling the pools. Any unused

heat is extracted from the water for use elsewhere. The entire thermal complex has a common boiler room fired with waste wood from the forest-rich surroundings. Together with the light and open approach, the interior of the building with its removable glass façade helps the indoor pools to serve as part of the outdoor space in summer. The pools of different sizes are divided by inserted troughs planted with greenery. The whole appearance is “green”, turning the pool’s character into an outdoor landscape. Due to the abundance of daylight and the controlled climate, the greenery in this facility is natural and of local origin. The pool oasis has more than 2,000 m² of water surface, comprising a large pool with water temperatures of 30 to 32°C. Part of the pool is outside, offering underwater massage, Roman baths, geysers, a fast river, waterfall, and water jets. The aqua pool under the tent features water jets, a flume with lighting effects, the Aqua Bar, outdoor swimming pool and various fountain features. The programme is rounded off by two children’s pools, one inside and one outside, and three whirlpools. At Termalija Family Wellness, the largest sauna complex in Slovenia offers 1,550 m² of space in nine different saunas in different colours: four Finnish saunas, three steam or Turkish baths, salt sauna, Laconium, and Tepidarium. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The project is impressive with its highly structured roof landscape, which allows the building to truly blend in with the roofs of the small town. This irregular roof landscape is also reflected in the interior. Funnel-­shaped elevations terminating in glazed skylights admit plenty of daylight into the pool hall. In the raised roof areas there are light objects with uplights and downlights in the design language of the overall building. The pool landscape itself is interestingly shaped and creates different situations for activity and resting. Two large, room-high glass façades make the transitions between inside and outside fluid. With just a few materials, the designers have succeeded in creating a diverse bathing landscape that, despite its complex geometry, radiates a certain tranquillity. sb 5/2019



QUAI DE LA MOSELLE BASKETBALL ARENA IN CALAIS, FRANCE Located in the city centre of Calais in a former industrial port, the 1,500 seat basketball arena is home of the local basketball team playing in the fourth league of the French Basketball Federation. It is also used for the sports education of the surrounding colleges. The architects of ‘faceB’ transferred the loads of the roof to the inclined slabs of the stands to free the façade of any supporting element. While retaining its monumentality, transparency, varying heights, multi­ple facets and adhesion to the ground, the structure stands not as a barrier, but rather as a transition point between the Calais Nord and Saint Pierre districts. The building is a six-sided polygon and reflects the optimal organisation of the stands to favour this powerful cauldron effect on the evenings of big matches. The stands of 1,000 permanent seats are structuring ­elements even on non-game days.

Location Calais, France Client/Operator Ville de Calais Architects Bureau faceB Lille, France Photos Maxime Delvaux Official opening January 2018 Construction costs EUR 7.2 million


The site has a vertical drop of 2.5 m, the quay edge forming the low point of the site. The structure connects two levels of ground, the high level reserved for visitors, and the low level as the play area. The sports hall uses this topography to manage flows. Hyperbolic paraboloid roof The main, concave curvature is formed by nine catenary steel beams connecting the two concrete shells to the north and south. Transversely, an inverse curvature allows the rainwater to flow towards the curved façades to the east and west. A mesh formed of straight segments (the g ­ enerating lines of the hyperbolic paraboloid) provides the bracing.

Construction system and materials The materials are chosen according to the loads they discharge. They are left rough and bare but with a fine finish. The sandblasted concrete reveals the aggregates whose colour recalls the beaches of the seafront. The details of the joints are left visible and leave legible the direction of load discharge into the foundation. The roof consists of a catenary structure suspended at the top of the stands on either side of the court along a north-west / south-east axis. The curtain façade of steel cladding guarantees complete airtightness. The entire structure constituting the façade is suspended in the upper part which significantly reduces the visual impact of the curtain wall. Since the architects wanted the structure to create the façades and structure the spaces, they confined the finish to the acoustics. The two acoustic enclosures located on the east and west façades conceal at once the rainwater runoff, the sports hall area supply, the power supply of the radiating roof panels and the two sports billboards. The lighting of the undersides of sloped slabs is provided by fluorescent tubes inserted into the spines of the façades. The sports hall is lit by a sheet of LED strips attached to the buttressing of the frame.

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JURY VERDICT As part of an urban plan to restructure the banks and the quays of the city, “Quai de la Moselle” sports hall has been designed as an invitation to the public to engage in sports activities. The structure of the building with its six-sided polygon covered by a roof in the form of a taut sail and enclosed by high glass façades offers excellent views. From the outside, the spectacle of sports practice can be watched from the street, and from the inside people can look out towards the city centre with its three spires including the belfry, a UNESCO world heritage site. The clear volume under the roof offers a great deal of flexibility for sport and social events. sb 5/2019



MORE AWESOME NOW URBAN ACTIVITY HUB IN VANCOUVER, CANADA In 2015, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) conducted „Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver“. One of the ideas was the activation of the city’s under-utilized laneways to increase urban activity in the community. DVBIA teamed up with the architects of HCMA Architecture and Design and created two social and activity hubs in the centre of the neighbourhood. The two laneways reclaim approximately 800 m² of public space from the street grid. In 2016 the first laneway “Alley-Oop” was opened. Focused on activity and play, it came to life with bright pink and yellow painted walls, an inflated lighting orb suspended above the laneway, fixed basketball hoops and painted lines for hop-scotch and mini-soccer.

Location Vancouver, BC, Canada Client/Operator Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Architects HCMA Architecture + Design Vancouver, BC, Canada Photos Ema Peter Kim Bellavance Official opening Alley-Oop: September 2016 Ackery’s Alley: August 2018 Construction costs CAD 200,000 (EUR 132,000)


The second laneway was opened in 2018. A music- and culture-focused public space, inspired by the adjacent Orpheum Theatre, “Ackery’s Alley” is activated through an interactive art installation suspended in a bridge soffit across the laneway. Surrounded by red-painted walls, the gold structure invites passers-by to engage through movement to create a light and sound show. Increased pedestrian utilization The success of the project is indicated by a significant increase in use and gender balance since activation. The number of pedestrians per hour has more than doubled from about 30 to about 73, and the percentage of female ­pedestrians has almost tripled. People now shoot music videos, take selfies and host pop-up discos in these spaces.

Stimulating culture in the city Alley-Oop and Ackery’s Alley are designed to be shared organically by both pedestrians and drivers. Since their respective openings, Alley-Oop and Ackery’s Alley have been used for K-Pop music videos, public discos, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performances and much more. These creative activations have an enormous social and economic impact, stimulating culture and business in the city. The two completed laneways were relatively low cost to complete, costing CAD 100,000 each. The small cost of operation and upkeep is covered by business tax received from local businesses. The More Awesome Now partnership is a “call to action” empowering citizens to make their own cities better. The urban design concepts are based on the opportunity to add vibrancy and increase opportunities for engagement and connection in downtown Vancouver. The design of each project is complementary to the existing character in each district. All elements allow the free movement of vehicles and people at any time of day. Therefore paint, graphic design, thin layers of material and shallow apparatus are used. The goal was to increase lighting, cleanliness and awareness of the space to create a safe, busy and no-barrier laneway open to all. Both activations prove that lane­ ways are not only places to move through, but places to be. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT This project successfully demonstrates how local initiatives can make their own cities better places to live. With a forward-thinking and inclusive approach, people who care for where they live and work created a new model of bringing the public realm to the traditionally neglected city utility laneways. The two activated laneways bring new life and make a positive impact on the immediate neighbourhood. The fact that this model can be easily duplicated in many other places and cities at a very low cost makes this project exemplary. sb 5/2019



KI INNSBRUCK CLIMBING CENTRE IN INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA The KI climbing centre in Innsbruck is the first project in the regeneration of a former industrial area close to the city centre. Local architect Schnizer has designed an ensemble of structures, including open areas and freestanding climbing towers, as well as a new lead-climbing hall and bouldering rocks that have been integrated into an already existing complex. The climbing centre is situated in the area between a railway viaduct and the River Sill. The urban area is of great value for leisure. The open nature of the spatial concept creates a lively relationship between the various areas and the river. The building structures include an open space for major events like the Climbing World Championship that took place in 2018. Connected by open spaces The interior areas form a large L-shaped hall. The long side adjoins the already existing halls and culminates in the competition arena for bouldering. This extends tower-like into the nearly 18-metre-high lead-climbing hall. The entrance area and the bistro lounge Location in the new hall, which are generously Innsbruck, Austria glazed, connect the indoor with the outdoor areas. Client/Operator Innsbrucker Immobilien GmbH & Co KG (IIG) Architects Architekt DI Thomas Schnizer Innsbruck, Austria Photos Thomas Schnizer Official opening April 2017 Construction costs EUR 12 million


The single volumes are made of reinforced concrete, covered with trapezoidal sheet metal and climbing panels. The light-coloured and completely prefabricated climbing walls are made of sand-covered plywood boards and characterise the interior space. Activities for everyone Designed to accommodate both elite climbers and the general public,

the project aims to deliver international sporting ­success and community wellbeing. It embodies a key opportunity to reconnect the city with the pedestrianised river front through the creation of generous public space and ­fa­cilities. Benefiting from natural systems Environmental strategies were a key design driver, shaping the compact volume of the air-conditioned indoor fa­ cilities. The size and height of window openings in the tall tower were kept to a minimum yet shaped to allow natural daylight to penetrate deep into the floor plate. Fresh air is supplied at low level by a displacement ventilation system, while exhaust air is removed at roof level by a natu­rally occurring vertical stack effect. For the majority of the year the building is thus ventilated by natural means, which means that the use of mechanical extraction systems can be limited to the cold periods only. State-of-the-art heat recovery systems are provided. The exposed thermal mass of the concrete walls and soffits absorbs heat during the day and is cooled by natural ventilation at night, making it possible to dispense entirely with mechanical air conditioning systems. Recommendations for accessible sports facilities have been followed, including single-level entrance areas and grounds, elevators, accessible toilets and a tactile guidance system to the building. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The point of departure for the designers was the idea of bringing the industrial environment back into use for the population. They were tasked with establishing a link with existing halls and competition climbing facilities. The year-round use of climbing facilities in the hall and of climbing towers outside yields an excellent basic strategy. Boulder rocks and the new climbing hall provide opportunities for both elite climbers and beginners. The architecturally striking outdoor climbing walls represent a new landmark in the district. The showcasing of a sports facility as an architectural icon with a usage strategy accessible to all climbing enthusiasts has been a great success. sb 5/2019



Location Burswood, Perth, Australia Client/Operator VenuesWest Architects HASSELL Perth, Australia Cox Architecture Perth, Australia HKS Photos Peter Bennetts Official opening January 2018 Construction costs AUD 900 millions (EUR 562.7 millions)


OPTUS STADIUM AND STADIUM PARK MULTIPURPOSE STADIUM IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA The HASSELL COX HKS design team acknowledges the unique sporting, cultural and Abo­ riginal heritage, and the Stadium Park landscape provides a spectacular vista across the Swan River to the city of Perth. Revitalising what was once the waste ground of the city into a vibrant new public park, the development reconnects the city to its environmental and original cultural links with the river. The multi-purpose stadium offers 60,000 seats. Set within a 30-hectare Stadium Park located on the banks of the Swan River, the Optus Stadium design is based on a commitment to a “fans first” approach. This has resulted in an innovative design ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and home-ground advantage that delivers an unsurpassed visitor experience. The “fans first” approach is about more than just the fans who enter the gates of this world-class venue but relates to the whole community which has been part of the creation of this uniquely Western Aus-

tralian building. Combining an appreciation of this historic piece of land and culture and the sporting prowess of the city and state, it provides a true icon for all people of Western Australia. Minimizing the environmental impact The overarching design strategy was to minimise the environmental impact of the project. The site has been healed and repaired culturally and environmentally. The naturalisation of the lake and river’s edge provides habitat and food for sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT Optus Stadium is an example of the highest level of inclusive stadium design, offering spectators an exciting gameday experience. The public areas offer exceptional spectating inwardly to the field of play and outwardly to the park. Stadium Park is now a vibrant precinct of riverfront edges, plazas, pedestrian paths and trails that incorporate the new Optus Stadium remarkably well. One of the noteworthy features of Stadium Park is its linkage to multiple forms of public transit and the ability to minimise the impact of parking on the site. The layering of materials on the building faรงade diminishes the scale of the building and the translucent upper band becomes an activating feature in the evening. This insertion of a major spectator facility into a park-like setting has been accomplished with a great deal of creativity, skill and sensitivity. The number of accessible seats far exceeds the building code, offering flexible seats with provision for family groups, friend groups and individuals. Twelve high-capacity elevators take fans to accessible seating options on every level. Services and bathroom provision exceeds national standards. With a variety of accessible public transport modes, Optus Stadium creates a new benchmark in accessibility to large stadia. sb 5/2019


endemic fauna. 1,380 trees and 55,000 water-wise native plants have been planted including species suitable for Black Cockatoo foraging.

seats add flexibility and thus enable the operator to host major events consistent with the requirements for Commonwealth Games and international athletics.

Stratified façade The bold simple form of the stadium with its stratified bronze-anodised façade tells a story of the land, reflecting the unique geology by day as a shimmering form rising from the river, ever-changing during the tracking of the day to a dynamic radiant, pulsating light form by night, reflecting the drama of the home team and events inside this modern coliseum.

A lightweight fabric roof covers over 85 % of seats and responds to Perth’s climatic conditions. At night, it presents a spectacular glowing halo effect. State-of-theart team facilities include flexible warm-up and recovery areas.

The multi-purpose stadium accommodates Australian-­ rules football, cricket, Rugby Union and League, football and entertainment events. The coliseum seating bowl maximises the fans connection to the field of play, creating a unique atmosphere for fans giving them exceptional views from anywhere in the stadium. Up to 10,000 extra seats are designed to increase the seating capacity within the existing structure. Drop-in 60

The architectural and structural geometry of the roof addressed an ambitious program requiring pre-fabrication, as well as transportation and erection challenges. Cle­verly designed pin joint systems have tolerances to absorb differential movements across the movement joints of the structure below and allowed fine tuning to ensure alignment of the leading edge. Giant video screens Cox Architecture aimed to create the most welcoming and comfortable environment possible. Optus Stadium includes the widest range of hospitality options in any sports venue sb 5/2019

within Australia including the innovative locker room, coaches club, sky terraces, corporate suites, club lounges, a 2,000-person function room, retail and over 50 food and beverage outlets. Two 340 m² giant video screens using the latest technology are the largest stadia screens in the southern hemisphere. More than 1,000 TV screens are strategically located throughout the interior of the stadium so fans never miss the action. The Stadium Park, open year-round to the public, incorporates a covered community arbour linking the stadium station to the Swan River, an amphitheatre, children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk. A community sports oval is available for public use on non-game days and a network of walking and cycle tracks weaves throughout. Landscape design around the precinct is inspired by the six seasons of the local indigenous people, providing wind and shade protection. The form of the stadium station was underpinned by functional pedestrian planning, allowing for the safe and rapid transfer of passengers with the design taking into considsb 5/2019

eration patron comfort, providing shelter connecting to a community arbour provided in the precinct. This landscaped forecourt collection area allows for easier crowd control and is able to support other community functions on non-event days. Services, information and facilities accessible to all Across all general admission levels, the access is at 360 degree. Twelve lifts are located throughout the stadium. 450 wheelchair positions are installed, making it 100 more than required according to the 2013 National Construction Code. There are 327 enhanced amenity seating for people who have mobility requirements but are not in wheelchairs. Wheelchair positions on all levels with flex­ ible seats for carers and guests can accommodate groups of all sizes. Optus Stadium is the first stadium in Australia to have three changing places toilets. Features include height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, mobile hoist system, space for a user and up to two carers, and electric doors.




Location Spøttrup, Denmark Client/Operator Den Selvejende Institution Pulsen Architects Elkiær + Ebbeskov Copenhagen, Denmark Leth & Gori architects Copenhagen, Denmark Photos Adam Mørk Official opening October 2014 Construction costs DKK 50 million (EUR 6.7 million)


Pulsen Community Centre designed by Elkær + Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori architects is a village within a village including a sports centre, healthcare facilities and a cultural centre all under one roof. With its focus on health, sports and well-being, Pulsen is a vibrant venue for local activities and the new heart of the local community. The community centre is located in the north west of Denmark. Local citizens initiated the project to improve the quality of life, with the support of The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (LOA). The citizens wanted to secure local healthcare services by creating a vibrant working environment for doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians and other specialists. Their aim was to create a facility accommodating a range of activities like sports, education and culture to support all aspects of a social and healthy life. The structure features paths leading from the village to the building, and the area for outdoor programmes such as football courts

and athletics fields continues inside via paths between the indoor sport programmes leading to the inner activity square as the new meeting place in town. The main functions are located in separate volumes connected by covered streets, alleys and squares. The common space between the building volumes is the space for self-organised and unprompted activities. It is an irregular versatile space covered by a glass panel roof, open towards the sky and the landscape. Operational concept: simultaneity The centre features the activity square, multipurpose hall, sports hall, spinning room, fitness room, wellness building including chang sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT Pulsen is an example of how traditional sports halls can renew themselves by adding new programmes that include social and cultural life as well as health services. The jury much appreciated the huge effort that a group of active citizens undertook here in Balling. The building programme not only offers a new recreation centre for the community, but it also lays the foundation for enabling everybody to pursue a healthier and more active lifestyle. The jury was impressed by the variety of ways of accessing the pool and particularly liked such an innovative ap­­­ proach aimed at those who would not normally seek out formal sports activities. The raised area around the edge of the pool invites those independent enough to sit down, turn and lower themselves into the water. The layout and design of the centre successfully brings different user groups together and creates new opportunities for social interaction. This can serve as an exemplary model for many small towns. sb 5/2019


ing room, healthcare centre, art house, changing rooms, administrative facility, and café and kitchen. The designers split the functions into single spaces, so that different activities can go on at the same time. Division with partition walls was no choice, as users often complain about the noise from the neighbouring spaces. The building concept as a village of separate houses is valid for future plans and part of the sustainability strategy. Lanes can be extended and new facilities and houses can be added to the structure. A house can be rebuilt without affecting the building as a whole. Building concept is also energy concept Each building has its own climate zone and individual system for heating, lighting and ventilation. This individuality is extended to acoustics, materials and colours. This makes it easy to control the activities of the different buildings and arenas, while providing flexibility and diversity in the function and user experience. Pulsen is the modern version of the meanwhile less-frequented traditional Danish community centre. Open all 64

day until evening, seven days a week, it invites new users to the house by offering new functions in an open and bright atmosphere. The spatial performance design of each building establishes the buildings as „arenas“ open for different programmes. The multipurpose hall features good acoustics and elastic flooring for activities relating to music, gymnastics, dance and events such as conferences, parties and theatre. The activity square proves to be very popular for impromptu and self-organised activities. Teenagers like to hangout after school, chilling or for ball games. About 30 to 50 senior citizens meet on Thursday mornings for exercise and gymnastics in the multipurpose hall and the pool, to play pool and table tennis, and then enjoy a snack and card games in the café. The activity square is designed as an all-year outdoor zone that benefits from the heating from the surrounding buildings and the sun. The materials are robust and there is enough space to accommodate a trampoline and sb 5/2019

table tennis, or to stage smaller concerts. The zone transforms throughout the year. In winter, the cafÊ shuts the glass folding doors to keep a cosy temperature inside, while doors are reopened in spring so that the cafÊ and square merge into each other. Universal design strategy The vision to create a modern working environment for healthcare staff and attract young practitioners to settle here has turned out well, thanks to fruitful collaboration between the municipality and Pulsen. Two doctors and a physiotherapist work on daily basis while other practitioners work on request. Treatment rooms can be booked on demand. The addition of the healthcare centre opened a new business case for the operator. Besides the rental of activity times to schools and sports clubs, and subscriptions to the fitness club, the business concept is enhanced by rehabili­ tation courses and classes. This combination generates more users because people who have come to the centre for their health programme have seen the other activities and are inspired to continue frequenting the centre. sb 5/2019

One ground level facilitates full integration of wheelchair users Pulsen has one ground floor, so the flow is very simple, and you enter each house from this level. The counter in the healthcare centre features two different heights so wheelchair users have better visibility. All doorways to the public areas are one metre wide so larger wheelchairs and very heavy people can enter. There is one accessible toilet with its entrance from the waiting area. Three of the 13 toilets in the building are barrier-free. The multifunctional hall is equipped with audio induction loop. The pool building has three changing rooms, with one specially designed for wheelchair users and helpers if needed. The pool basin is raised 48 cm above the ground floor with a wide seating edge so autonomous wheelchair users can swing themselves into the pool. Pool users requiring assistance can enter the pool with staff help by using the lift in the corner of the basin. The pool itself also has bushings in the bottom to set up training bars for the rehabilitation programme.



MANITOBOGGAN TOBOGGAN SLIDE AND LOOKOUT TOWER IN WINNIPEG, CANADA Manitoboggan is the first universally accessible toboggan slide structure in Canada. It represents the city’s commitment to barrier-free, social infrastructure. Completed in December of 2017, Manitoboggan was the last of five innovative projects created by Public City Architecture to improve the regional urban park.

Location Winnipeg, MB, Canada Client/Operator City of Winnipeg Architects Public City Architecture Inc. Winnipeg, MB, Canada Photos Jacqueline Young Official opening December 2017 Construction costs CAD 720,000 (EUR 480,000)


Manitoboggan is located at St. Vital Park in Winnipeg, the capital city of the province of Manitoba. Winnipeg has a diverse population of 750,000 people, including many new Canadian families. The project includes two toboggan slides with two super-fast icy chutes at the bottom, a lookout tower, a warming hut that doubles as a picnic shelter, and a ramp that meanders through an existing forest canopy to a 3.5-metre-high wheelchair-accessible toboggan launch and viewing deck. It is not a half pipe, not a ski jump, and it is not a luge course. In a northern city with long winters, short days, and little topography, the investment in accessible seasonal play in the public realm is becoming serious business. This

is fun, low-cost, free infrastructure in a city park for thrill-seekers of all ages and all abilities. The 5.2 metre high slide is accessed from the upper tower. Below the deck of the second, lower slide is the warming shelter, a cosy space with heaters that is painted an inviting and hearth-like red. Large pivot doors can be opened to create room for social gatherings like family picnics, or for younger children milling about in the snow playing tag while older siblings take a few more runs. Cantilevered steel structure The ramp’s durable steel structure is cantilevered and designed to avoid the removal of any trees from the existing urban forest canopy. The sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT Manitoboggan is a fine example of placing a small structure in the countryside and thereby creating a new attraction. The project offers users a “rush” of excitement. Kids, adolescents, adults, the elderly and also people with a disability can climb the ramp or the stairs and enjoy being among the treetops. From the top, there are two toboggan chutes for the thrill of sledding. The jury values the project’s gentle approach of respecting nature and the forest, while also being able to offer new experiences. The designers succeed­ed in integrating Canadian heritage in terms of activity, material and design. What makes this project innovative and unique is that accessibility to such a facility would normally only be for spectators. In this instance, a well-constructed ramp provides access to a platform 6 m above ground level, enabling people with a disability to use the toboggan slide. The same ramp also provides access to two viewing platforms. The first provides a view of the countryside, and the second is the chance to spectate, watching others use the toboggan slide. The provision of high-quality accessibility in a challenging environment deserves the highest recognition. sb 5/2019


ramp is a hybrid of steel grate and wood deck that diversifies views and sounds when travelling up the ramp. The structure is composed of cantilevered galvanized steel frames on piles with wood infill. Galvanized steel grate is used strategically for guards and floor panels at various locations where views occur. Douglas fir boards make up the principal cladding at the warming shelter, ramp guards, and viewing decks. The warming shelter is built from reclaimed beams and columns from a picnic shelter that once occupied a nearby site. The interior of the shelter is painted a bright and warm red. The tower and upper viewing deck is framed by laser-cut galvanized steel panels. The vertical portions of the slides and launch use a high-density plastic liner and the chutes at the bottom of the slides are built up from snow and ice maintained daily by park staff. In good prairie form, straw bales at the end of each chute stop tobogganers from sliding into the forest. It operates as a toboggan slide structure from mid-December to mid-March and as a lookout tower, treetop walk and picnic shelter during the rest of the year. Preserving the trees An initial requirement of the project was to re-use 18-metre-long glulam beams that had been reclaimed from a demolished park picnic shelter. The beams were used for the main structure of the warming shelter, allowing a clear span above the pivot doors. The structure is at the edge of a valuable oak forest and was designed to minimally impact the trees. The structure of the ramp was designed to touch the ground in as few places as possible and the ramp wraps around existing trees. No trees were removed or damaged throughout the construction of the project. Operating costs are approximately CAD 15,000 (EUR 10,000) per year. This includes the cost to build the ice chutes and clean and re-ice them daily over the three month winter operation period, as well as electrical costs 68

to raise the interior temperature of the warming hut using infra-red heaters and to light the area with efficient LED light fixtures. Tobogganing is an outdoor recreational activity that does not take any practice. A range of ages and abilities can take part and have fun on the first try. New Canadians feel more comfortable tobogganing in the winter rather than skating and it is a great introduction to outdoor winter activity. Manitoboggan is public community infrastructure that serves the entire city. First universally-accessible toboggan slide structure Manitoboggan at St. Vital Park is Canada’s first universally-accessible toboggan slide structure. It represents the City’s commitment to barrier-free, social infrastructure. The forest ramp allows tobogganers to be pulled up to the top of the slides instead of taking the stairs. Although the actual slide is not designed for a wheelchair, there is room to easily transfer to a toboggan on the launch. Currently there are two accessible parking spaces within 100 metres of the structure. Future plans for the park include the provision of adjacent accessible washrooms and closer parking, increasing the overall accessibility of the space. The ramp leading to the toboggan slides is 51 metres long at an 8 per cent slope with landings. The ramp shoots out over a gentle hillside. Halfway up, within the tree canopy, the ramp surface changes from wood decking to steel grate, emphasizing the height and experience of being up in the forest. This is an experience that is rare for many people living on the flat prairies, especially those with mobility issues. A lookout area on the roof of the warming shelter, accessed by the ramp, allows parents to watch their children as they slide down the chutes. The shelter below is at ground level with an accessibly pathway leading to it. The south wall of the shelter pivots open in the summer months providing high visibility into the structure and a welcoming, safe outdoor picnic area. sb 5/2019

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THE WARNER STAND STAND AT LORD’S CRICKET GROUND IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM The new Warner Stand is the first phase of the redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground and is designed to enhance the existing campus of buildings. Each of the stands surrounding the playing area has its own identity, representative of the era in which it was designed. The main architectural challenge for the team at Populous was to insert a new building with its own identity, without dominating the overall composition. The stand provides 2,700 seats with class-leading levels of accessibility, enjoying dramatically improved views of the cricket, and accessed from an intuitive and inclusive circulation system. It also includes a new state-of-theart match control and match officials’ facility, as well as a spectacular 135-seat restaurant with commanding views over the ground.

Location London, United Kingdom Client/Operator Marylebone Cricket Club Architects Populous London, United Kingdom Photos Clare Skinner Hufton&Crow Marley von Sternberg Official opening May 2017 Construction costs GBP 29 million (EUR 32.5 million)


The design incorporates innovations in engineering and materiality; qualities that are unique to the building enhancing the experiences of the spectators. The form of the roof, hovering over the seating tiers below, allows the stand to take its place comfortably within the western corner of the ground. Deploying passive measures as general approach to sustainability Features include rainwater recycling for the lavatories, a green roof over the rear part of the building, green walls on the garden façade, and solar thermal and photovoltaic roof panels incorporated into the roof. The energy demand of the building is minimized through good façade

design involving adjustments to window positions and built-in shading that reduces the need for mechanical ventilation, heating and cooling systems. Accessibility at all levels The client established a forum of members with a disability formed from members of the club with individual needs and with experience of the ground. This group was consulted at every stage, informing the brief for the project, and the design evolved in response to this consultation. Accessible toilets are incorporated into the design at every level of the building, in close proximity to the seating, and are also provided within back-of-house areas for staff and officials. Access to all levels is via two passenger lifts, sized to allow generous accessibility but also speedy evacuation in the event of an emergency, with refuge call points and battery back-up to the lifts. The main reception desk and all catering facilities have been designed for access by wheelchair users and those of short stature. The design of the counters was developed with this thinking in mind, rather than simply using a dropped counter at one end. Induction loops have been added into the design where deemed necessary by the access consultant so that the needs of those with hearing impairments are suitably accommodated. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT This project established a forum of members with a disability made up of regular spectators to the cricket ground and harnessed their experiences alongside the expert advice of an inclusive design consultant and project architects. The result is a stand that far exceeds the minimum requirements of the building code. Wheelchair spaces and seats for ambulant people with a disability are located throughout the stand and in large numbers. In addition to elevated wheelchair spaces, additional spaces are provided close to the field of play at the request of regular spectators. The involvement of users has yielded a facility that exceeds regulation requirements and is therefore worth the distinction. sb 5/2019


KÄRCHER HALA CRACOVIA SPORTS CENTRE FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY IN CRACOW, POLAND Architects Lewicki Latak designed a multifunctional and multipurpose sports hall meeting the requirements of people with a disability. Site specific urban, architectural and technical (material) solutions were coherently subordinated to the one goal of creating the building as a three-dimensional landscape sculpture, open and accessible for everybody. The multifunctional building has several entrances and shows an open character. The main part of the building is taken up by the 44 x 26 m sports hall intended for most indoor games, starting at the basement level surrounded with the stands for up to 818 seats. On the same level, the changing rooms, sanitary rooms and a first aid room are located. In the basement there is an additional multifunctional hall and a gym.

Location Cracow, Poland Client/Operator KS Cracovia 1906 Architects Biuro Projektów Lewicki Latak Cracow, Poland Photos Maciej Lulko Wojciech Kryński Tomasz Kolek Official opening May 2018 Construction costs PLN 45.5 million (EUR 10.6 million)


The main entrance lobby is located on the ground level and provides the ticket office, cloakroom, spectator access to the stalls, and a café with an outdoor terrace. The first floor offers 17 double hotel rooms and an office section with a conference room. Ensuring access to all users All levels inside the building, the terrain around it and on the rooftop terrace are connected with ramps, stairs and lifts. The ramps allow for a fluid connection of the storeys situ­ ated on different levels, ensuring access to all users, without separating them into disabled and non-disabled. The lifts were fitted with a

voice communication module as well as Braille language signage. The service counters are partially lowered to the height of 100 and 70 cm, improving their accessibility. Multiple uses allow refunding the building The facility serves several different groups of users. The first group comprises divisions of the Cracovia Club: women’s handball, men’s basketball, fencing, athletics, karate, chess, and bridge. The second group consists of external parties: societies, foundations and other sport-related institutions. The third group are commercial users who rent the centre. Activities for the disabled include among others: football and tennis for people with mental disabilities, blind football, goal ball, rowing machine exercises and laser-supported target shooting for the blind and visually impaired, and archery for wheelchair users. Physical education classes for the pupils of the two nearby elementary schools take place in the centre. In the evening, the space is rented out to companies for their sports groups. It is also used by the Professional Business League made up of ten amateur basketball teams. The centre is also used for non-sporting events such as conferences, political conventions, company events and senior citizen gatherings.

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JURY VERDICT Based in Poland, this facility provides high-quality access that exceeds the minimum standards in most European countries. The jury was impressed by the commitment to an inclusive, integrated sports programme, which was a prominent feature of the planning. All areas of the building are accessible, including the rooftop terrace. The jury particularly noted that the number of accessible changing rooms, coach rooms and accommodation provided are well above the minimum requirements. sb 5/2019




The creation of an architecturally and functionally appealing community swimming pool is at the forefront of the thinking behind this facility. Young professional Miriam Möller-Boldt set herself the task of developing a design concept capable of fulfilling the needs and functions of different user groups, since few recreational activities enjoy greater popularity across the community than swimming and wellness. The design concept challenges the presently conventional separation of different user types by architecturally resolving potential usage and design conflicts. To date, many swimming facilities have aimed to offer solutions for either competition or wellness or families and fun. Triamentum delivers a high-quality experience for each user group by appealing to their specific and individual expectations and preferences and is nonetheless able to encompass a highly attractive architectural openness. This outcome has been made possibly by the intelligent arrangement of areas and functions which merge fluidly into one another. Diversity of demands as a major challenge Before planning the facility, the needs of five typical user groups were analysed. Visitors to swimming facilities can be broadly grouped into the categories of competitive swimmers, casual swimmers, families and fun/leisure users, wellness/health users and business/evening users. 74

Each group has specific wishes relating to the duration of stay, preferred time of day, need for communication, pools, gastronomy, sauna and sound intensity. Visitor motives yield a functional design The basis of the underlying concept is the triple ­triangular shape of the building. The triangular sections represent the historically evolved usage typology of swimming facil­ ities: sports, leisure and fun, and wellness. The characteristic structural form allocates the above-mentioned usage categories to the ground plan, resulting in different mixed usage zones where the functional areas overlap. The assignment of visitor motives to carefully designated areas results in a spatially optimised allocation pictogram. The specific functionality overlap within an area determines its configuration. For example, a communicative reclining area is located sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The project is impressive at first glance because of its integration of the building and landscape. The roof becomes part of the landscape and invites users to engage in various activ­ ities. The designer very thoroughly analyses the various functions and user groups. This results in excellent zoning of the building for sports, wellness and leisure. The Aquacenter is accessed via an entrance hall on the upper floor, which also serves as a meeting point. A central, open staircase leads to the pool level and onward to the three changing areas, which in turn are assigned to the three zones. The land­scaping approach is also continued in the interior. This is further enhanced by the large area of water along the façade, which in turn connects all areas. The designer has succeeded in conceiving a building that is very attractive for all user groups. sb 5/2019


where families and casual swimmers meet during their comparably long stays. Whirlpools and bubble loungers meet the interests of both wellness users and families, which prompts their installation in their overlap. The triple triangular shape of Triamentum causes seemingly unrelated usage type areas to overlap near the centre of the building, where visitors can engage in mutual activities. For example, the gastronomical offerings are located in the overlap area of family/fun, casual swimmers and wellness. An open space for courses and events is situated in the shared area of families, casual swimmers and competitive swimmers. Accordingly, the outer sections of the triangles combine only closely related functionalities. The central technical installations necessary for running a swimming facility will be used more efficiently than today’s standard. Many architects decide to focus on one or two of the mentioned functional principles, so it is often necessary to build multiple swimming facilities to provide all functionalities. Absorbing the environment With this conceptualisation, it is possible to allocate noise-intensive types of usage in close spatial juxtaposition while minimising background noise in wellness areas. This strict principle also comes into play with the choice of site and its integration into the urban environment. The wellness area is adjacent to the peaceful 76

river bank while the competition area is located near the already existing rehab centre. The leisure and fun area, which has the highest sound intensity and is therefore the most immune to noise, faces onto the street. Triamentum solves possible utilisation conflicts by steering incompatible interests. At the same time, it offers contexts for the unification of compatible user groups in the different overlap areas. Social sustainability The intelligent integration of multiple user groups implies three sustainability principles. The facility is socially sustainable because it integrates different generations and links people with different interests who would not come together in the currently dominant separate typology of swimming facilities. The facility provides an attractive re­creational space for the whole community. Social sustainability also finds expression in the building’s barrier-­ free accessibility. This dynamic and universal design concept animates younger and older people to become physically active by providing variety, which in turn fosters long-term usage of the facility. It promotes health and well-being more than common single-use facilities would do. Natural ventilation to decrease humidity The future building should be amenable to natural ventilation to improve its ecological and economic qualities. This saves energy that would otherwise have to be supsb 5/2019

plied by the ventilation system. An increase in humidity within the swimming area, taking into account the low-humidity limit and the building’s physical component properties, was also considered. In order to improve the sustainability of the still necessary ventilation system, it is equipped with heat recovery. Filter systems and pumps require a lot of energy. The energy required by the pumps is reduced by their position. Their location in the basement, below the pool level, allows the use of geostatic height. For ecological sb 5/2019

reasons, disinfection is made possible by electrolysis with reuse of hazardous substances. The water is extracted by an ultrafiltration system to recover the heat and the water itself. To coordinate and optimise these partially collaborative functions, there is a digital energy control system combined with the control system, electronic sales system and operation. An energy monitoring control regulates energy consumption. In this object, therefore, the practised principles of passive house construction are applied. 77


EXPERIMENTAL TEACHING SCHOOL DESIGN STUDY FOR A SPORT AND TEACHING AREA IN OAXACA, MEXICO Design: Diego Eduardo Hernández Santa María, Estefanía Medina Duarte and Paola Andrea Rios Camacho

The Experimental Teaching School of Huajuapan de León is a project designed by Diego Eduardo Hernández Santa María, Estefanía Medina Duarte and Paola Andrea Rios Camacho, students of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Azcapotzalco. The idea was born from the need for a specially designed space for a teaching school much in demand that also functions as a meeting point for the community. In a morphological sense, the buildings were designed with monumental prismatic volumes, as an abstraction of the Sierra Mixteca mountains, creating a visual link between heights and forms. The outdoor facilities offer space for permaculture workshops. There are also an agora, a camping and nature-observation area, a biopool, a running track over one of the natural slopes in the site, climbing walls, an urban gym and two experimental multi-sports courts. The project was subject to strict landscaping and conservation guidelines, since there is an abundance of cacti and high flora and fauna diversity. The aim was to reduce the environmental impact by enabling the transplantation of organisms like ancient cacti. A path winds sensitively over the sloped land in order not to interfere with the flora and fauna. The complex has a hydro-sanitary circuit that begins with rainwater collection in ultraviolet treatment tanks. Water can be reintroduced into the water supply with the support of the municipal network. In addition, the blackand greywater are treated separately: a detox for wastewater by bio-digesters and greywater treatment in water 78

bodies which act as biofilters in the grounds for the watering of green areas and the bio-reserve. The building with the short-course pool contains a parabolic solar water heater system. Inviting the community for natural recreation There are some buildings for the exclusive use of the Experimental Teaching School, including three classroom buildings and one main building. The areas of common use comprise a dining hall, an auditorium with a full capacity of 290 people, a library with physical and digital books, and computer room, a playful library and classrooms for cultural, artistic and environmental workshops. In between the buildings for sports and recreation, there are a short-course pool and a gym. The project was designed to be accessible for all kinds of users; therefore, the main path has a slight slope right along the site to allow access for wheelchairs or elderly people. Ramps in addition to the steps allow unobstructed transit on the ecological path from the bio reserve. The minimum slope respects the traffic-free approach in the complex, making it an eco-friendly project with minimal invasion of the ecosystem. sb 5/2019


JURY VERDICT The campus of this Experimental Teaching School is a fascinating interplay of indoor and outdoor spaces that range from formal educational activities to very personal levels of experience. The campus is designed to be universally accessible both in the outdoor connecting spaces and in the buildings. These are simple in plan and dramatic in form, set against the mountains to the west. The main pedestrian paths through the site are provided with shaded screens overhead to enhance the comfort of walking through the ecological precinct for extended periods of time. The Experi­ mental Teaching School project’s overall design objectives of education, active living, environmental sensitivity, advocacy and intent are exemplary. The execution by the student design team is an exciting rendition of these goals. sb 5/2019




Young professional Guillaume Ballart Terral has designed a project that aims to connect the waterfront of Montreal with the Canal Lachine, an old industrial canal that today represents the artery of a neighborhood undergoing reconversion, by bringing activity to the site. Kayaking in the canal, roller skating on the acces­ sible roofs, viewpoints of the city as jogging goals and bicycle paths are planned in summer. In winter, the possibility of ice skating under the infrastructure is envisaged and sled slopes become available on the roofs. On an urban scale, the intention is to reactivate the degraded area which is dominated by a massive highway construction. A bridge for pedestrians giving accessibility to both sides of the canal is necessary. The project includes the design of two tramway stations yet to be planned. Urban leisure activities, related to the park and the canal, will be the main generator of activity, alongside shops, cafés, restaurants and co-working spaces for the neighborhood. The infrastructure itself is planned as a platform. A bridge – used from the outside as an urban scale object – contains on the inside all services for the activities such as kayak retails in summer and a skating and sled station in winter, cafés, restaurants and shops. The use of infrastructure as a container of activity is the main innovative idea of the project. The ramp system invites users to exercise and can be utilized by wheelchair users. People jogging, biking, roller-skating or walking are welcome to access viewpoints on top of the ramps. These spaces are large enough to accommodate outdoor group activities such as open-air yoga. In winter, covered in snow, they become the starting point for sled slopes and the whole building becomes a sleigh park. At the same time the ramps lead down 80

to the frozen canal, where a 3 km skating rink can be installed and maintained. The roof makes it possible to collect a substantial amount of rain water, collected in three reservoirs placed in technical spaces under the end of the main ramps. This rainwater is used to water the parks and is connected by a water supply system. Materials as sustainable design elements The constructive system of the horizontal elements consists of TT prefabricated concrete beams. Their movement can be modified and shifted over time . The indoor project suggests “first possible uses” according to actual needs. The spaces are flexible enough to adapt to different programs. The main structural elements are concrete screen walls that shape and stabilize the infrastructure building. The concrete screen walls also participate in climate control. The thickness of the concrete helps to thermally insulate the building and gain thermal inertia to keep the building heated in winter and cool in summer. The ventilation system is improved by the width of the building encouraging natural cross-ventilation.

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JURY VERDICT This project successfully creates new urban life in the degraded area of the Island of Montreal. The designed bridge structure creates multiple new public spaces and connects the island with the downtown area. It offers a great variety of recreational uses, such as walking, running, rolling or skating on the promenades, kayaking in summer and ice-skating in winter, as well as places for gathering, socialising and enjoying the urban waterfront scenery. The focus on using ramps and promenades as main elements makes this design fully inclusive. The jury wishes to highlight the exemplary idea of new urban development for the area by offering socially oriented sports and leisure experiences. sb 5/2019



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EXPERT MEETINGS OF IAKS JAPAN IN MAY AND AUGUST THE MEMBERS MET IN TOKYO These expert circles were open to all members of IAKS Japan and anyone else interested and will be continued on a regular basis in 2020. On 13 May Traffic Department Officer Fariba Driyani from Stockholm spoke about the redesign of public spaces. She gave insights in the car free project in Stockholm. The aim is to use roads and thoroughfares not just for transport but also for sports and leisure activities to facilitate multi usage.

and promote their well-being. He explained plans and activities of the health programme in Chigasaki City, which has a lower rate of health insurance than other cities due to these measures. He presented the case study of a sports club, which he has been managing, that operates on an elderly-friendly facility management.

On 9 August, Councillor of Chigasaki City Sadahiro Mizumoto shared his knowledge on how to improve the environment for the support of the elderly’s physical activities

The documentation of the presentations is available at the office of IAKS Japan.





After being a professional handball player, Sadahiro Mizumoto started teaching sports activities such as swimming and exercise for the elderly, and instructed applicants for the first aid certificate. In 2011, he established a community sports club in Chigasaki. Since 2015 he has been working as a city council member in Chigasaki City in the Japanese prefecture Kanagawa.

Enrique Maximo Galvez Gonzales is a student of architecture and environmental urbanism at the “Universidad Cientifica del Sur” in Lima, Peru. He works in his grandfather’s architecture studio. His focus is sustainable planning and design. Interested in photography and video, he is eager to show the environment in an integral way.

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IAKS AUSTRIA ELECTS EXECUTIVE BOARD GENERAL MEETING IN VIENNA ON 4 OCTOBER 2019 After its successful founding, IAKS Austria issued an invitation to an Extraordinary General Meeting in Vienna on 4 October 2019 and welcomed 20 participants. The voting members elected Harald Fux (RAUMKUNST ZT) President. Vice Presidents are Dr Gerold Sattlecker (Salzburg-Rif University and Land Sports Centre) – who also serves as Secretary – and Oliver Teubl (STRABAG) – who is also Treasurer. Wolfgang Becker (Salzburg-Rif Univers­ity and Land Sports Centre) and Claus Weberstorfer (Greiner MULTIfoam) accepted the positions of auditors. With the founding of IAKS Austria, the interests of the existing 33 IAKS members in Austria are being consolidated at the national level. The aim is to promote the international exchange of experience and expertise, to identify gaps in the market for non-profit organisations, to intensify the national transfer of expertise, to

improve national networking by bringing all market participants together and to initiate the discussion on national development of the sector. Specifically, the IAKS Austria Ex­ecutive Board plans to offer its members attractive events such as an annual “Sports Facility Day” and study trips.


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Rolf Haas, FieldTurf Tarkett SAS, Kai Weber-Gemmel,

What should we do with old artificial turf? According to the DFB (German Football Association), there are about 5,000 artificial turf pitches in Germany that are registered for DFB football matches, as well as 1,000 DFB mini-pitches. There are also other pitches not covered by the DFB, as well as artificial turf pitches for hockey, American football and tennis. It is estimated that more than 20,000 large artificial turf pitches will have to be replaced in the EU in the next 10 years. The question therefore arises: What do we do with 150,000 tons of old plastic turf? Sustainability, viability for the future and environmental compatibility Most artificial turf pitches have to be replaced after 12 to 15 years of use, depending on the intensity of their use and maintenance. Recently, more and more cases of old artificial turf being simply dumped as waste have come to light. Old artificial turf has also been exported – what happens to this material thereafter is unknown. The sus90

tainable and proper disposal of old artificial turf systems is a major challenge and increasingly drawing the attention of users and manufacturers. Few terms have been put to such inflationary use and misuse as “sustainability”. What sustainability really means becomes clear in the following quote from the Federal Government’s sustainability study (“Meilensteine der Nachhaltigkeitspolitik” – “Milestones of Sustainability Policy” brochure, Nov. 2014, page 5): “We must not use up the future. What we need is a sustainable policy that secures livelihoods and opportunities for future generations. At the same time, we have to think globally. And we must always keep an eye today on tomorrow.” Today we understand sustainability to mean viability for the future and intergenerational justice. In this sense, economic performance, the protection of livelihoods and social responsibility must be brought together in such a way that developments are sustainable in the long term. sb 5/2019

Sustainable disposal under the German Circular Economy Act The Circular Economy Act of 6 October 1996, last amended on 29 July 2017, is the central German federal law on waste. The purpose of the act is to promote the circular economy in order to conserve natural resources, to ensure the protection of man and the environment in the production and management of waste and, in particular, to promote the recycling and other recovery of waste. The Circular Economy Act creates a hierarchy of obligations according to which the generation of waste is to be avoided as far as possible. Unavoidable waste must be reused, recycled or undergo materials recovery. Non-recyclable waste must be properly disposed of. For the purposes of this Act, recycling means any recovery operation by which waste is processed either for its original purpose or for other purposes; energy recovery is not included. sb 5/2019

Innovative recycling of artificial turf The artificial turf manufacturer FieldTurf, together with MET (Morton Extrusionstechnik), began developing a recycling process for artificial turf in as early as 2016. The aim has always been to use old artificial turf in a new artificial turf system. The old artificial turf is converted into an infill granulate. At the construction site, granulate and sand are removed from the old artificial turf, which is then chopped into small pieces. The artificial turf is transported to the factory only in its chopped state in big bags. At the MET recycling plant, pieces of metal are removed, the material is chopped further and foreign matter is separated. Finally, the material is plasticised and granulated. This EOL (End of Life) material is then mixed and homogenised with newly produced polyolefin compounds in the ongoing production process. This results in a new infill made of thermoplastic polymers. The product is called ProMax Hydroflex. 30 per cent of this is EOL material. This means that, with this MET recycling process, all of the old artificial turf is returned to 91

the new artificial turf as infill. In 2019, 100 old artificial turf pitches were recycled using this method. The other system components of the de-installed artificial turf pitches are also recovered after appropriate cleaning. The sand, for example, is reused in the construction industry; in some European regions the sand is reused in the new artificial turf pitches. Alternatively, EOL SBR granulates can be used in the production of fall-protection mats. The first artificial turf surfaces have also since been built with the EOL SBR installed in the in-situ elastic layer. However, a large proportion goes towards the production of new tyres. Sportcampus Rotterdam As part of the new “Sportcampus Rotterdam”, several new artificial turf pitches are being built in addition to a training stadium. The City of Rotterdam specified that old artificial turf was to be reused. The first four artificial turf pitches have already been completed, with two more of these and three smaller pitches to follow. On completion of all work, around 35,000 m² of old artificial turf will be recycled as infill for new artificial turf pitches. Considerable energy savings and reduction of CO2 emissions The MET Recycling process offers other advantages in addition to preventing the environmentally harmful dis92

posal of old artificial turf. This is because the t­ raditional production of elastic infill granulate from crude oil is associated with high energy consumption. In addition, CO2 and methane are emitted in large quantities. The production of elastic infill from old artificial turf therefore yields a considerable reduction in emissions. In total, compared to the production of virgin material, using recycled infill granulate saves around 640,000 kWh of energy and reduces CO2 emissions by over 70 tonnes (based on an 8,000 m² playing field). Furthermore, the cycle of materials recovery for newly created artificial turf pitches can even be extended further. While conventional SBR or EPDM granulates have to be filtered out for the recycling process, PE polymers and thus ProMax Hydroflex can be recovered together with the artificial turf during the next surface replacement. This therefore extends the recovery chain. FieldTurf is planning to build additional recycling facil­ ities in France and the Netherlands from 2020 to make artificial turf recycling possible on a large scale. Test monitoring and certification The Lehmacher/Schneider laboratory, Germany’s leading ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory, provides technical testing support in the field of materials recovery and the recycling of existing artificial turf pitches. The aim is to certify the entire process in which as many sb 5/2019

components as possible of the old plastic turf can be reused. During the implementation of the project in Rotterdam, importance was attached to ensuring that all the participants in the project complied with the necessary local and national recycling requirements and that only certified companies for the respective sectors participated. In the case of ProMax Hydroflex, production is regu­ larly monitored in accordance with DIN and RAL requirements and satisfies all requirements relating to synthetic granulates. Environmentally safe disposal in public tendering procedures In the amendment to the Circular Economy Act, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) announces that the use of recycled plastics can be prescribed by law from now on. Recycled plastic is to be increasingly used. Public procurement should lead the way here and promote the sale of recyclable products. The “Status Report of the German Circular Economy 2018” also calls for Germany’s federal government, its Länder and local authorities to make use of the huge power of their demand and to inject decisive impetus into a functioning circular econo­my through their pioneering role. sb 5/2019

The newsletter “Grüne Beschaffung” (“Green Procurement”) (No. 17/2018) of the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection of the City of Berlin reports that artificial turf surfaces in Berlin are to undergo materials recovery as a matter of priority. Neither energy recovery nor landfilling meets these requirements. When inviting tenders for the disposal of old artificial turf surfaces, the following environmental protection requirements must therefore be applied: • The used artificial turf must be sent for high-quality materials recovery, in which any plastics, sand and rubber granulate are separately recovered and then returned to an appropriate and pollution-free materials cycle. • Materials recovery must be documented in a clear materials flow diagram in any tender. • After the artificial turf has been disposed of, a report containing proof of the type, quantity and whereabouts of the materials flows with the names and addresses of the recovery facilities shall be submitted unrequested to the client. Every client – be it a local authority or an association – and every planner are called upon to ensure that old artificial turf surfaces are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. 93



Wanda Nijholt, European Product Marketing Manager / Security Solutions Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH,

Who could ever forget their first visit to a big stadium football match? The crackle of excitement in the air like an electrical charge as you walk to the stadium with friends and family; an army of supporters marching in the matching colours of your team. The buzz as you queue to pass through the turnstiles and the first view of the pitch as you emerge into the floodlights of the stadium and the cacophony of chants from the home and away fans. As the most popular sport in the western world, football has long been hailed as the game of the people. But live television coverage and the danger of partisan support spilling over into violence has threatened to put off many from attending games at stadiums across Europe. Now professional football clubs are fighting back. Stadiums are once again becoming safer and more enjoyable experiences for fans with the use of the latest facial recognition technology. Danish football leads way The Danish Superliga football club Brøndby IF is leading the way. They were aware that family attendance had fallen at some of the more high-profile games, such as the local derby with F.C. Copenhagen, due to concerns over hooliganism and safety. With an average attendance of 14,000 people per game, and up to 100 registered persons on the stadium blacklist for causing trouble, the football club wanted to find a way to make genuine fans feel safer by preventing problems before they could occur. 94

With the use of cameras and facial recognition, blacklisted offenders can now be automatically identified in the crowd before they attempt to enter the stadium. This system identifies any individuals registered on the offenders list and alerts security staff to prevent them from entering. The automated procedure at the stadium entrance also decreases congestion at the gates, so genuine fans can get into the stadium faster. As well as improving security outside, the system allows staff more time to focus their attention on creating a safe and entertaining environment for those inside the stadium. The most accurate The Panasonic facial recognition software ensures high levels of accuracy. The technology can identify faces that are difficult to recognise with conventional techniques, such as those taken from an acute angle and even when part of the face is concealed or hidden by sunglasses or scarves. In fact, the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) in independent testing identified the system as the most accurate facial recognition server on sb 5/2019

the market. And the system is already working. One blacklisted offender was prevented from entering the stadium at the very first home game of the season in mid-July and he will receive a fine and extended ban. Protection of personal data However, some fans were initially sceptical about the scheme. They were worried about the “Big Brother” concerns of privacy and personal data protection. These fears quickly faded once the club explained the sensitive way that the scheme had been implemented. Security personnel remain in control of the process at every stage. The technology flags potential blacklisted offenders and the security advisers then take over and investigate further before taking action. The solution is people-led and technology supported. Personal data privacy is also protected because the facial recognition technology does not store the images or data of any supporters, other than those registered on the blacklist. In addition, all personal data is stored on an internal server, not connected to the internet or to any other system, significantly reducing any cyber risk of data breach. sb 5/2019

After seeing the results of the technology and receiving reassurances about data protection, both Brøndby management and fans alike have welcomed the new technology. Moving forward there is also the potential to utilise a national hooligan register with the system to help spot travelling troublemakers within Denmark. Huge sports and entertainment potential As well as helping football remain a game for the people, this technology has huge potential in the wider sporting and entertainment industry, particularly where there are large crowds gathering or ticketing systems in place. Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer and more enjoyable stadium environment by alleviating security pressure on the ground and speeding access, whilst all the time ensuring that personal privacy is protected. Moving forward Panasonic continues to invest in its technology in this area and plans many more innovative applications to enhance fans’ enjoyment at events. Look out for more news in the future. 95



Uwe Schmidt Conica AG, CH-Schaffhausen,

For all areas of professional sports, it is not only the performance of the athletes that counts, but also the material used for the sport or that on which the sport is carried out: Be it high-performance bicycles in cycling or state-of-the-art shoe material and an optimal pitch for football. The material is also a decisive factor in track and field. In cooperation with the German Sport University of Cologne, the sports-flooring specialist Conica from Switzerland has provided the conditions for new records in sprinting with the Vmax athletic tracks.


What differentiates Vmax from other athletic tracks? The main aim of the Vmax athletic track is to support sprinters in their movements. The foundation for this is a two-layer structure with a top layer and a base layer. The top layer has a resilient (rigid) surface, which supports the athlete by directing the energy in the right direction. The base layer is force-stabilising and returns most of the athlete’s energy back to him via compression, thus ensuring fast and controlled forward movement of the athlete. This leads to reduced energy expenditure in the start and sprint phase and enables the sprinter to achieve maximum running performance up to the finish line.

“kick-start”, which helps to catapult the athlete forward. Conica expects that the speed of sprinters will be increased by up to 10 percent with the help of Vmax. This is the result of studies carried out in cooperation with the German Sports University of Cologne.

The base layer, which is softer and more elastic, has embedded air-pockets that give the athlete the expended energy back after the compression. This works like a

Furthermore, Conica has chosen a differentiated system structure that distinguishes between the acceleration phase at the start and the holding phase during the

A further advantage of the Vmax athletic track is its outstanding resilience with minimal deformation. This protects the musculoskeletal system of the athletes and ensures stable footing. This is an important factor in competition with competitors in close proximity to each other in order to prevent, e.g., stumbling or falls during contact.

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sprint. This will probably result in the fastest possible setting for an athletic track system for the short distance (100 m) at present. German Sports University of Cologne tested the athletic track Dr Steffen Willwacher from the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics at the German Sports University of Cologne tested the Vmax and came up with the following assessment: “Following our applied material tests as well as bio(mechanical) tests, which we carried out with a top athlete, we have found that the Vmax athletic track provides the conditions for running fast – especially in the acceleration phase. Runners can better apply horizontal forces on Vmax, increase the pace faster and ultimately achieve higher speeds.” Sporting facility operators also profit Vmax also offers sporting facility operators an added bonus: The exceptionally high mechanical properties of the top layer ensure maximum resilience and durability of the track. It is therefore suitable for multifunctional applications and events of world-class level. This also applies sb 5/2019

to other burdens besides sprint events – for example, if the site is used for concerts or similar large-scale events. Last but not least, the Vmax system has additional advantages for the installation team during installation: The two-layer structure saves time and costs during the installation compared to conventional three-layer PU systems thanks to the shorter installation time, which also reduces impacts from bad weather during the installation (must be dry). Vmax has passed all necessary technical tests and certifications: IAAF certification, EN 14877, DIN 18035, ASTM 2157, as well as biomechanical tests at the German Sports University of Cologne (certification reference project Class I, II). Moreover, the Conica Vmax has already been installed and tested under extreme weather conditions in the stadium of the Indian city of Gurugram. The average temperatures were usually between 30 to 40 degrees Celsius, and the temperatures of the athletic tracks were even higher between 40 to 60 degrees Celsius. Vmax has proven its resilience and performance even under these harsh conditions. Conica will exhibit its newest products at this year’s FSB trade fair in Cologne. 97

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Hannover 96 is a familiar name in the German Bundesliga, but the club has a whole range of sports on offer apart from football. To ensure its active members across all sections have the best training conditions possible, the club has built an attractive new sports centre for both recreational and professional athletes. The two new halls have been equipped with products from HARO Sports Flooring. The ultra-modern sports centre in a central area of the city is home to all the club’s 17 different sections, offering a diverse and attractive range of sports for the entire family – from parent-child gymnastics to trend sports like Fitboxing, and also including activities such as rehab sport and nutritional education courses. The outdoor facilities comprise a soccer court, a beach volleyball court and a 1,200 m² multi-functional area. The building itself houses two sports halls, two course rooms and an 800 m² fitness zone equipped with over 60 exercise machines.

Denmark’s national dressage trainer, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, is sports flooring manufacturer REGUPOL BSW’s new advertising partner for equestrian flooring. The four-year contract was signed by the two parties at the end of June in Bad Berleburg, the home town of the former Olympic dressage rider and location of the REGUPOL BSW head office. At its site in Bad Berleburg, the company has been producing elastic paddock tiles, stable mats and a range of other floor surfaces and wall padding for the equestrian sector for over 40 years. The flooring is used in large stable complexes and private facilities all over the world. In Qatar, Barcelona and Sydney, horses are bred, reared and kept on elastic REGUPOL floors.

When equipping the sports halls, the club opted for quality products from the HARO Sports Flooring range. The Munich and Athens sports floors meet the very highest requirements in terms of durability and protective features. Thanks to the quality of the materials and the precision manufacturing processes, floors from HARO Sports Flooring are guaranteed to last for many years and can cope with a wide range of uses. What’s more, the HARO Protect protective walls also reduce the risk of injuries to athletes. Top-class products from HARO Sports, certified with the RAL Quality Seal and installed on floors and walls by experienced professionals – at its new club sports centre, Hannover 96 has clearly opted for quality and member safety.

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Princess Nathalie has also chosen elastic stable mats Made in Germany for her own stables near Bad Berleburg Palace. Here, the former dressage rider has been running a stud and training her own young horses for a number of years. “With the breeding, I’ve made a profession out of my passion and my hobby,” says Princess Natha­lie. “When I see how good my horses feel in their boxes, I know that in choosing REGUPOL equestrian flooring, I’ve made the right decision. You can’t beat this quality.” The Bad Berleburg enterprise is also extremely pleased with their new advertising partner. “We’re very happy that Princess Nathalie has agreed to be our new partner for equestrian flooring. Her sporting successes, her passion for riding and her stud in our joint home town of Bad Berleburg are a perfect match for our products and our corporate policy,” says Lena Grosch, marketing coordinator at REGUPOL BSW.

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Many visitors to the ice rinks of the future will rub their eyes in amazement at an ice resurfacing machine that can operate while the driver’s seat remains empty. This is the result of the innovative approach to ice resurfacing machines by the manu­facturer WM ice technics of South Tyrol in Italy. The company has developed the self-driving WM Mammoth Autopilot, which permits the entire ice preparation process to be carried out without a driver. A positioning system allows the machine to follow a predetermined route over the ice, with the surface treated autonomously. The operator’s only tasks are to empty the snow tank after the work is completed and to return the machine to its starting point. Efficiency does not suffer: quite the contrary, as the machine’s high-­ precision driving cycles result in far fewer overlaps on the ice surface – this in turn requires less water and energy to cool the ice, all while saving precious working time and permitting the ice rink to be used sooner. The time required to prepare the ice can also be precisely calculated, meaning that ice rink operators and event organisers can be certain that the ice will be ready in the limited time available and that everything can proceed as planned. The WM Mammoth Autopilot also possesses many features adapted to the special requirements of an ice rink. The machine has a snow tank volume of 3 m3 and a water capacity of 1,000 (or optionally 1,350) litres, and boasts outstanding manoeuvrability and compactness. It also meets all the criteria that distinguish WM ice technics ice resurfacing machines, scoring highly as regards safety at work, ease of use and attractive design. The WM Mammoth Autopilot can also of course be user-operated without limitation.

Jogging is one of the most popular and common types of exercise. It is practised all over the world, and can be pursued almost anywhere as there are dedicated jogging tracks in urban areas, and you can also jog in the country. A new recent trend is “city jogging”, or “sight running”, a combination of jogging and sightseeing. It’s a way to discover the world’s greatest cities from completely different perspectives. However, whether the jogging track is located in a city or on a cruise ship, a floor covering that feels good is an important comfort factor. Polycomp Jogging Track comfort floor covering feels good underfoot and is jointfriendly for joggers and pedestrians. The coating system is applied to a polyurethane base layer and can be installed on already existing asphalt or concrete. Thanks to its textured surface, the Polycomp Jogging Track is non-slip. The system also impresses with outstanding grip.

WM ice technics is a market leader and innovative player in the field of high-quality ice resurfacing machines for both large and small ice surfaces. WM ice technics sb 5/2019

System setup: 1. Primer: The primer is the bonding layer between the Polycomp Jogging Track and the existing substrate (concrete / asphalt). 2. Base layer: The elastic layer consists of PUR-bonded EPDM granules and allows for a consistently comfortable feeling underfoot. 3. Pore sealer: The pore sealer ensures that the system is water impermeable. 4. PUR Coating: The coating is composed of PUR-bonded EPDM granules. This is available in different colours.

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Photo: Hackl Hofmann landscape architects




Nürnberg has gained another popular recreational area, Norikus Bay on the Wöhrder See lake. The revitalised waterfront park has a bathing cove as well as features ­including a fitness trail and a water playground. Both of these activity areas have been covered with high-quality synthetic sur­faces from Polytan, duly adapted to the specific requirements. Hackl Hofmann Landschaftsarchitekten have revitalised Norikus Bay and divided the recreational area into three zones: a nature reserve, the waterfront park and the bathing cove.

With a total of five awards, the company has been honoured for various products and projects – a perfect affirmation for the strategic direction, motivation for the future and a confirmation of the rule that “great ideas prevail”. “Innovations are born when modern technology and inspiration come together” – that is the wording of the ISPO Award 2019 Jury’s justification, where the multi-functional sports floor ASB MultiSports won Gold in the “team sport” category. This important award, presented to ASB in February during the international sports trade fair ISPO, was the first of the streak of awards won this year.

A large, polygonal sandpit is the central point of the new water playground. It is surrounded by a watercourse equipped with play elements. Children can have fun while following the water all the way from its source and into the lake. A water play area with sprinklers and groundwater fountains rounds off the fun for younger park visitors. The watercourse is marked out by a turquoise, water-impermeable surface made of synthetic materials. This Rekortan M tartan surface is seamlessly installed by Polytan using the in-situ construction method. Its outstanding cushioning and tread elasticity mean that it is normally at home in the world’s leading athletics stadiums. Numerous world records and personal bests have already been achieved on it.

Another prize from within ASB GlassFloor’s core business was won in the UK – the Sports Business Awards 2019. ASB’s Managing Director Christof Babinsky accepted the silver award for the interactive flooring system ASB LumiFlex in the “Sports Innovation” category in London. The Jury’s rationale: “With this incredibly innovative sports floor, so many new possibilities for training assistance or multi-usage arenas open up. Sporting events can be radically changed.” The German Design Council also highlighted these possibilities in their commendation. Here, ASB LumiFlex won in the “travel, sports & outdoor goods” category.

Callisthenics is a modern version of the “trim trail” in which a series of strength training stations with bodyweight exercises are set out at short intervals. The sports surfaces chosen by the designers of landscape architects Hackl Hofmann were the water-permeable, optimally cushioned Poly-Play S and PolyPlay FS synthetic surfaces from Polytan in a bright shade of sky-blue.

With a unique combination of material and technology, ASB not only sets standards in the sporting world, but architecture – architecture and design also benefit from the company’s developments: the numerous application possibilities impressed the European Product Design Awards Jury and earned ASB LumiFlex their Gold award. DeepLumen, ASB’s walk­able video glass cube won the DNA Paris Award 2019, in the “interior design / installation” category.

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An artificial turf soccer pitch built in Genemuiden, Netherlands, in 2009 required refurbishment to maintain its state-of-the-art performance. It was no problem to re-use the existing base layer, Alveosport shock pad produced by Sekisui Alveo, in the new turf system – saving the owners extra investment. The club wanted a new pitch incorporating the latest developments and technology in artificial turf soccer systems. Edel Grass, the artificial turf producer from Genemuiden that installed the original pitch, was hired to conduct the rehab project. The first step in the project was to remove the old artificial turf carpet, including the infill. As expected, the Alveosport shock pad underneath looked in good condition for continued use. This was confirmed by having the shock pad tested by the external laboratory KIWA. The measured values show that the ten-year-old Alveosport NUT 3001 12 mm foam and all critical performance characteristics had remained unchanged. This was no surprise, since Sekisui Alveo claims that Alveosport has a lifespan twice as long as that of the artificial turf carpet and issues a 25-year warranty on the product.

Every two years the Ruhr Games take place as a major sporting event in the Ruhr area. This summer it was time again: in front of the unique setting of the power station at Duisburg Nord landscape park, national and international athletes competed in various sports and disciplines. This time around, the European Championships in Skateboarding in the Street discipline were part of the Ruhr Games of Regionalverband Ruhr. Designed by DSGN CONCEPTS from Münster, the temporary course was necessary because of a lack of appropriate event facilities in the Ruhr area. Ingo Naschold, founder and managing director, explains the design challenge of a temporary course: “It [the course] has to be easy to assemble and dismantle, fit onto a single truck while at the same time having a solid design so it can be used multiple times. For the partici­ pants, the course has to be interesting and diverse enough to permit a smooth contest run.”

After the accredited testing institute had confirmed that the Alveosport shock pad will perform well for another 10-15 years, the old shock pad was prepared for re-use in less than a day. While the artificial turf carpet and infill were being professionally removed by machinery, some small damaged areas of the shock pad were quickly and easily repaired.

The result is a competitive Street course with a big section including a stair set and big rail, a low section with curbs and ledges, along with double-sided backlines made of quarters and banks. The course was not only used in Duisburg for the European Championships, but will be sustainably re-used at the COS Cup Series as course for the German Skateboarding Championship Series. The finale of the COS Cup takes place from 29 November to 1 December at the Europa-Park Rust.

The new pitch in Genemuiden built with recyclable and re-used materials is now in operation, and the players and owners are delighted with its performance. Its shock absorption, energy restitution and ball rebound are excellent, and its performance is uniform over the entire pitch. Sekisui Alveo AG


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Agrob Buchtal................104 Anti Wave......................104 Benz..............................104 Berndorf........................105 Kernig............................107 Myrtha Pools..................108 Pellikaan........................108 Sika............................... 110 Zeller............................. 111

ASB...............................104 ASPG.............................104 BSW..............................105 Conica...........................105 Gerflor...........................106 Hamberger....................106 Herculan........................107 Holz-Speckmann............107 ISP.................................107 KRAIBURG.....................107 Labosport......................108 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 Sekisui Alveo.................. 110 Sika............................... 110 Stargum......................... 110 Trofil.............................. 110 Weinberger.................... 111

AQUATIC EQUIPMENT Anti Wave......................104 Benz..............................104 Eurotramp......................106 Myrtha Pools..................108 Pellikaan........................108 Sika............................... 110 Zeller............................. 111

IRRIGATION SYSTEMS heiler.............................106 INTERGREEN..................106 Kutter............................107 PERROT..........................108

MULTI-SPORT COURTS AKT...............................104 ASB...............................104 DSGN concepts..............105 Eiden & Wagner.............105 Herculan........................107 Kutter............................107 LNDSKT.........................108 Melos............................108 Playparc.........................109 Sekisui Alveo.................. 110 Signgrass....................... 110 SMC2............................ 110 Stargum......................... 110 Trenomat....................... 110


POOL CONSTRUCTION, STAINLESS STEEL Berndorf........................105 Zeller............................. 111

AKT...............................104 Trenomat....................... 110 Waagner biro................. 111

ICE SPORTS EQUIPMENT AST...............................104 ENGO............................106 GfKK.............................106 Universal Sport.............. 111 Züko.............................. 111

POOL CONSTRUCTION, OTHER SYSTEMS Myrtha Pools..................108

INDOOR EQUIPMENT Anti Wave......................104 AKT...............................104 ASPG.............................104 Benz..............................104 BFGW............................105 CCSC.............................105 Eiden & Wagner.............105 Eurotramp......................106 Gütegem. Sportgeräte...106 INTERGREEN..................106 Playparc.........................109 Spieth............................ 110 STRABAG....................... 110 Trenomat....................... 110 Universal Sport.............. 111 Weinberger.................... 111


ICE SPORTS REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS AST...............................104 ENGO............................106 GfKK.............................106 Novoter.........................108 Züko.............................. 111

ICE RESURFACERS ENGO............................106 WM GmbH.................... 111 Züko.............................. 111

DRAINAGE SYSTEMS ACO..............................104 ANRIN...........................104 Hauraton.......................106 Labarre..........................107

OUTDOOR SPORTS FLOORINGS AST...............................104 BSW..............................105 Conica...........................105 Geo3.............................106 Hamberger....................106 Herculan........................107 Kutter............................107 KRAIBURG.....................107 Labarre..........................107 Labosport......................108 Melos............................108 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 Schmitz Foam................109 Sekisui Alveo.................. 110 Signgrass....................... 110 Sika............................... 110 Stargum......................... 110 Trofil.............................. 110 Weinberger.................... 111

PERIMETER BOARDS, NETTINGS AKT...............................104 AST...............................104 ENGO............................106 Kutter............................107 Trenomat....................... 110 Universal Sport.............. 111

SPORTS GROUND CONSTRUCTION ACO..............................104 ANRIN...........................104 CCSC.............................105 Conica...........................105 EuroSportsTurf...............106 Hauraton.......................106 heiler.............................106 INTERGREEN..................106 ISP.................................107 Labarre..........................107 Kernig............................107 Kutter............................107 LNDSKT.........................108 Melos............................108 Novoter.........................108 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 Schmitz Foam................109 Sekisui Alveo.................. 110 Signgrass....................... 110 SMC2............................ 110 SMG.............................. 110 STRABAG....................... 110 Weinberger.................... 111

SPORTS GROUND EQUIPMENT ACO..............................104 ANRIN...........................104 Anti Wave......................104 Benz..............................104 BSW..............................105 CCSC.............................105 Eiden & Wagner.............105 Eurotramp......................106 Gütegem. Sportgeräte...106 INTERGREEN..................106 Kutter............................107 Labarre..........................107 Novoter.........................108 Playparc.........................109 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 Signgrass....................... 110 SMG.............................. 110 Spieth............................ 110 STRABAG....................... 110 Universal Sport.............. 111

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TURF, ARTIFICIAL Geo3.............................106 heiler.............................106 Kutter............................107 Labosport......................108 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 Schmitz Foam................109 Sekisui Alveo.................. 110 Signgrass....................... 110 Stargum......................... 110 STRABAG....................... 110 Trofil.............................. 110

TURF, HYBRID EuroSportsTurf...............106 heiler.............................106




AST...............................104 heiler.............................106 INTERGREEN..................106 Kutter............................107 Labarre..........................107 Novoter.........................108 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 SMG.............................. 110 STRABAG....................... 110 Trofil.............................. 110

AKT...............................104 ASB...............................104 ASPG.............................104 AST...............................104 BSW..............................105 ENGO............................106 Gerflor...........................106 Hamberger....................106 Holz-Speckmann............107 Spieth............................ 110 Trenomat....................... 110 Trofil.............................. 110 Universal Sport.............. 111

BFGW............................105 DSGN concepts..............105 Gütegem. Sportgeräte...106 ISP.................................107 Labosport......................108 Trenomat....................... 110

DISPLAY AND SIGNAGE SYSTEMS ENGO............................106 Signgrass....................... 110

TURF, NATURAL Geo3.............................106 heiler.............................106 Kutter............................107 INTERGREEN..................106 Novoter.........................108 Signgrass....................... 110 STRABAG....................... 110

SKATE AND BIKE PARKS DSGN concepts..............105 LNDSKT.........................108

CEILINGS, WINDOWS, WALLS CCSC.............................105 ISP.................................107 Neptunus.......................108

CHANGING ROOMS AND EQUIPMENT Benz..............................104 eccos pro.......................105 Neptunus.......................108 Spieth............................ 110 Universal Sport.............. 111 Züko.............................. 111

ELASTIC LAYERS, PROTECTING SURFACES BSW..............................105 Holz-Speckmann............107 KRAIBURG.....................107 Melos............................108 Polytan..........................109 Porplastic.......................109 Schmitz Foam................109 Sekisui Alveo.................. 110 Spieth............................ 110 Stargum......................... 110 Trofil.............................. 110

FACADES AND BUILDING ENVELOPES CCSC.............................105 ISP.................................107 Neptunus.......................108

LIGHTING SYSTEMS EOLED...........................106 heiler.............................106 INTERGREEN..................106 Kutter............................107 Siteco............................109 STRABAG....................... 110 Thorn Lighting............... 110

ROOFING SYSTEMS, FIXED AND RETRACTABLE Neptunus.......................108 SMC2............................ 110 Waagner biro................. 111

TICKETING, ACCESS SYSTEMS eccos pro.......................105 TAC............................... 110

TURNKEY CONSTRUCTION Neptunus.......................108 Nüssli.............................108 Pellikaan........................108

DESIGN SANITARY, HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING, ENERGY RECOVERY GfKK.............................106 Kernig............................107 Novoter.........................108

SECURITY SYSTEMS, FENCING Benz..............................104 INTERGREEN..................106

Brinkmann + Deppen.....105 Calles – De Brabant........105 campus..........................105 DSGN concepts..............105 Geo3.............................106 Kernig............................107 LNDSKT.........................108 M3 Architectes..............108 Novoter.........................108 Pellikaan........................108 Pätzold + Snowadsky.....108 Playparc.........................109 RAUMKUNST.................109 Spieth............................ 110 STRABAG....................... 110

STANDS, SEATING Brinkmann + Deppen.....105 ENGO............................106 INTERGREEN..................106 Nüssli.............................108 Pätzold + Snowadsky.....108 Trenomat....................... 110 Waagner biro................. 111 Weinberger.................... 111

TEMPORARY / MODULAR CONSTRUCTIONS Neptunus.......................108 SMC2............................ 110

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ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG Postfach 320 24755 Rendsburg, Germany Phone +49(0)4331 354600

ACO SPORT® includes drainage systems and components for sport, play and leisure facilities. They ensure that water is rapidly drained so that the sporting facilities can be used throughout the year safely and securely.

AGROB BUCHTAL Deutsche Steinzeug Keramik GmbH Buchtal 1 92521 Schwarzenfeld, Germany Phone +49(0)9435 3910

Deutsche Steinzeug Group is focused on its core competences in the business field of ceramic covering materials (wall and floor tiles, swimming baths and facades). Their products, which are predominantly manufactured at locations in Germany, make them distinct from their competitors. They have a comprehensive range as well as a depth of expertise in various project areas together with a targeted consultancy service.

ANRIN GmbH Siemensstraße 1 59609 Anröchte, Germany Phone +49(0)2947 97810

ANRIN – a company from Germany, addresses the subject of drainage techniques innovatively and competently. Millions of manufactured and laid ANRIN drainage channels bear testimony of the experience on which specifi ers, dealers and contractors can rely. Repeatedly new, creative developments and improvements to the channel systems and gratings as well as in the interlocking and jointing techniques underscore the company‘s know-how in drainage technology.

Anti Wave International Pty Ltd 65 12th Ave, St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4067 Phone +61 4 12 172 636

Anti Wave is dedicated to the design, innovation and production of the world’s finest performance swimming, water polo, leisure, pool deck and pool programming equipment. Anti Wave swimming racing lanes were first patented in 1975 and used in the World Swimming Championship in the same year. Since then Anti Wave products have continued to set the standard around the world for product quality and design and innovation. The Anti Wave MAXI Racing lane has been installed in most top aquatic centres around the world including FINA World Cup and Olympic Games.

Arbeitskreis Trennvorhänge e.V Ladestrasse 25 42327 Wuppertal, Germany Phone +49(0)205889950

AKT Arbeitskreis Trennvorhänge e.V. is a German federation in existence since 1971 that is open to all domestic and foreign manufacturers of partition curtains. The precondition for membership is recognition and implementation of the standards for partition curtains set by AKT for quality, safety/security and sound absorption conforming to DIN 18032/4. As an impartial contact for clients and operators, AKT regularly and swiftly publishes for clients and operators tendering documents that comply not only with the specifications of DIN 18032/4 but also the latest state of the art in partition curtains.

ASB GlassFloor Systembau Horst Babinsky GmbH Fabrikstraße 14 83371 Stein, Germany Phone +49(0)8621 987410

ASB is renowned for its ongoing global successful supply and install of high quality squash courts, also available in glass. The ASB GlassFloor is the next big thing to come from ASB. This floor offers the unique ability of individual marking lines for every sport via LED marking lines, full screen advertising and is available in any color. The ASB GlassFloor is a high performance sports floor with a life expectancy of 70 years, a truly revolutionary and elegant floor for event and multi purpose sport halls.

ASPG Germany GmbH Fährstraße 36 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany Phone +49(0)211 30329720

Artificial turf, indoor sports floorings, mobile floorings, cover systems

AST Eissport und Solaranlagenbau GmbH Lechhalde 1 1/2 87629 Füssen, Germany Phone +49(0)8362 909190

AST Eissport und Solaranlagenbau GmbH is a company of the group “Elektrizitätswerke Reutte AG” (Electric company) with headquarters in Reutte/Tyrol and since 1986 supplies communities, cities, event organizations, public swimming pools as well as customers from various other branches with solar units and ice rinks.

Gotthilf Benz Turngerätefabrik GmbH+Co KG Postfach 220 71350 Winnenden, Germany Phone +49(0)7195 69050

BENZ manufactures high-quality sports equipment in Winnenden, Swabia, and backs up these innovative products with an outstanding selection of aftermarket items. The company’s philosophy, which is also the aspiration of its employees, is “Quality is our discipline”. Putting this into practice in its daily work and all coming projects is a challenge that BENZ is happy to accept. sb 5/2019

Berndorf Bäderbau has been a leading manufacturer of stainless steel swimming pools since 1960. Berndorf Bäderbau has built over 6.500 swimming pools throughout Europe in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Thanks to its outstanding technical and optical characteristics, stainless steel is the ideal material for constructing commercial and municipal swimming pools. More and more private customers and hotel owners have become aware of the benefits of stainless steel pools in recent years.


BERNDORF Metall- und Bäderbau GmbH Leobersdorfer Strasse 26 2560 Berndorf, Austria Phone +43(0)2672 836400

BFGW Bundesfachgruppe Wartung – Sicherheit für Sport- und Spielgeräte e.V. Waldstraße 9 Since its founding in 1984, the BFGW has been an association devoted entirely to safety in 51145 Köln, Germany the operation of sports, play and leisure facilities. Its work is based on the specifications of the Phone +49(0)2203 301001 relevant DIN/EN standards, the guidelines of the GUV accident insurance institutions, and the German Equipment and Product Safety Act (GPSG). Since 1991, Brinkmann + Deppen, an engineering office for sports and outdoor facilities in Sassenberg, has been a byword for top-level expertise in all areas of sports facility and stadium construction, building construction, and the design of parks and open spaces. We are the ideal contact throughout Germany and across Europe for design and project management in the fields of sports facility and stadium construction, parks and open spaces, building construction and expert opinions.

Brinkmann + Deppen Architekten / Landschaftsarchitekten Lappenbrink 35 48336 Sassenberg, Germany Phone +49(0)2583 2172

BSW is one of the leading suppliers of products made of polyurethane-bound rubber granulate. Using their material Regupol®, BSW produces numerous elastic, protective and absorbing products for a variety of applications. The BSW product range focuses on the production of elastic sports floorings, insulation products and foams. BSW produces the world famous judo mats, BSW Tatami, other sports mats and customised moulded parts in compound foams.

BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH Am Hilgenacker 24 57301 Bad Berleburg, Germany Phone +49(0)2751 8030

Calles De Brabant delivers the quality and service that you expect. Customers’ changing requirements have stimulated the company’s on-going development. By working together with Calles De Brabant, you benefit from the industry’s latest services, technologies and breakthroughs.

Calles - De Brabant Landschaftsarchitekten Friedhofsweg 21 50259 Pulheim-Brauweiler, Germany Phone +49(0)2234 433220

campus is a firm of architects devoted to consultation on and the planning and realisation of educational buildings and sports facilities in all specialist areas. Its focus is on balancing usage, costs and design as well as giving consideration to current and future social trends.

campus GmbH Bauten für Bildung und Sport Am Echazufer 24 72764 Reutlingen, Germany Phone +49(0)7121 927-260

Chongqing Geckoking Sports Science and Technology Co., Ltd., is a holding subsidiary of Chongqing China Sports Construction and Engineering Co., Ltd. (CCSC). It is a professional enterprise, dealing with the manufacturing, supplying, and construction of climbing facilities, and marketing. The company specializes in over 300 various climbing venues and climbing competition walls at home and abroad. Since the installation of its first climbing wall in 1999, the company has been contracted to build and supply it’s panels, holds and expertise to some 15 countries and areas.

CCSC Chongqing China Sports Construction Engineering Co.,Ltd Huayan Climbing Park, No 28 Hualong Avenue, Jiulongpo District 400052 Chongqing, China Phone +86(0)23 63870882

Conica AG from Schaffhausen in Switzerland is a global market leader for the construction of synthetic sports surfaces in all climatic conditions. Every year, more than 250 tracks are installed worldwide onto a surface of two square kilometers. CONIPUR and CONICA sports surfaces are highly regarded throughout the world. The innovative product portfolio includes intelligent system solutions for running tracks, multipurpose facilities, sports halls and indoor athletic facilities.

Conica AG Industriestraße 26 8207 Schaffhausen, Switzerland Phone +41(0)52 644 36 00

DSGN CONCEPTS conceptualises and designs urban movement space. They understand public space as a stage for the creation of new lifestyle- and motion cultures. Their claim is it to develop unique sites with a maximum of function in addition to an individual design. Because of their long lasting connection to the skateboard culture and parkour scene they have an insight regarding the users’ needs, and know how to translate these into a design from materiality to different shapes.

DSGN CONCEPTS UG Hansaring 17 48155 Münster, Germany Phone +49 251 961915-73

eccos pro are the experts for integrated admission and payment systems in hotel and recreational facilities. eccos pro develops networked system solutions from hardware and software. As a full-service provider, eccos pro offers complete solutions from one source, ranging from financing and implementation consultation through to after sales support.

eccos pro gmbh Nevigeser Str. 100 42553 Velbert, Germany Phone +49(0)2051 2086200

TURNBAR®, the brand for high-grade sports and leisure equipment made of metal, is a product of Eiden & Wagner Metallbau GmbH. It is an example of our skills in design, planning and execution.

Eiden & Wagner Metallbau GmbH Robert-Bosch-Str. 4 54634 Bitburg, Germany Phone +49(0)6561 947 080

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ENGO GmbH Srl Handwerkerzone Nr. 7 39030 Terenten (BZ), Italy Phone +39 0472 546157

ENGO produces for more than 30 years boards for various types of sports plants: from lightstructured boards for inline and public skating to professional boards for ice hockey in fibreglass. ENGO also has been designing and producing ice-preparation machines (ice resurfacer) for rinks of any size and use for more than 30 years, and for over 20 years electrical ice-preparation machines.

EOLED Lighting Products and Services GmbH Kapellenstrasse 41 3434 Wilfersdorf in Tulbing, Austria Phone +43(0)1877 32970

EOLED is a leading supplier of sports ground lighting and sees itself as a specialist in LED sports hall lighting, membrane construction and outdoor facilities for tennis, badminton and squash. Its high degree of standardisation exceeds the requirements of sports ground guidelines and ensures a high level of comfort during play. The lighting systems are tailored to local requirements in three quality levels and range from ‘Classic’ (for amateur, leisure and tournament use) to ‘Master’ (for top-level training centres and elite sports) to ‘TV’ (for stadiums with TV transmission in HD quality).

EuroSportsTurf GmbH Leibnizstr. 12-14 89231 Neu-Ulm, Deutschland Phone +49(0)731 1411 6555

As the market leader for reinforced pitch systems, EuroSportsTurf offers a unique full-service concept for the highest demands on pitches in professional sports. From extensive professional sports ground construction, through research and development of new systems to sustainable support. As a long-term partner of its customers in professional sports worldwide, the company takes on their problems and develops individual processes and solutions to achieve the best pitches 365 days a year!

Eurotramp - Kurt Hack GmbH Postfach 1146 Zeller Straße 17/1 73235 Weilheim / Teck, Germany Phone +49(0)7023 94950

Eurotramp is a worldwide leading company specialized on building trampolines with more than 50 years of experience. We produce high quality products for professional competitions as well as leisure time and outdoor products. Our high quality standard as well as the ambition to innovation, best possible customer relationship and excellent reliability are mirroring in every single Eurotramp trampoline. Not for nothing top athletes all over the world do trust in our trampolines and our service every single day.

geo3 GmbH Uedemer Straße 196 47551 Bedburg-Hau, Germany Phone +49(0)2823 419910

Since its founding in July 2000, the company has been specialising in the design and construction of outdoor sports facilities. This can involve the modernisation of natural or artificial turf, cinder or synthetic playing surfaces, the conversion of cinder pitches into artificial turf (for which there has been growing demand in recent years), or the design of new sports facilities. All the required work for each location and task is performed from a single source.

Gerflor Mipolam GmbH Postfach 14 65 53824 Troisdorf, Germany Phone +49(0)2241 25300

Gerflor is recognized as a specialist and a world leader in resilient flooring solutions. Taraflex® Sports Flooring are designed for safety and comfort. Their multi-layered construction includes 100% pure vinyl, a reinforced fiberglass grid and closed-cell foam backing to provide shock absorption, help fight fatigue, deliver consistent ball bounce, and protect against skin burns.

GfKK – Gesellschaft für KältetechnikKlimatechnik mbH Dieselstraße 7 50859 Köln, Germany Phone +49(0)2234 40060

GfKK is a plant construction, distribution and service specialist in industrial refrigeration, process refrigeration, refrigeration/air conditioning and ice sports refrigeration. Numerous ice sports facilities bear the company’s signature.

Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte Adenauerallee 134 53113 Bonn, Germany Phone +49(0)228 926593-25

The sports equipment quality association “Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte e.V.” brings together eight experienced sports equipment manufacturers. The association thus stands for assured and certified quality in the inspection, maintenance and construction of sports equipment. This quality guarantees safety – for users as well as for sports hall operators.

Hamberger Flooring GmbH & Co. KG Rohrdorfer Str. 133 83071 Stephanskirchen, Germany Phone +49(0)8031 7000

With the floor covering brand name “HARO”, Hamberger Industriewerke GmbH in Stephanskirchen near Rosenheim has grown to become the German market leader for parquet. Under the brand name HARO SPORTS, portable and fixedinstalled elastic coating sports floors have been produced at the company’s Sports Floor Division since 1958. HARO SPORTS Flooring give decision-makers and investors the opportunity to receive comprehensive advice on the best flooring solution for sports and multi-purpose halls, from a team of experienced experts.

Hauraton GmbH & Co. KG Werkstraße 13 76437 Rastatt, Germany Phone +49(0)7222 9580

The history of HAURATON is a history of innovations. Since the development of the first drainage channels in 1958 HAURATON products set the benchmark worldwide. HAURATON offers a special range of products for stadiums and sports grounds, which are designed especially for the demands of sports facilities. The channels made from recycled plastic are constructed so as to prevent the sportspersons from injuring themselves. The products conform of course to all international standards at the same time.

heiler GmbH & Co. KG Bokelstraße 1 33649 Bielefeld, Germany Phone +49(0)521 947150

heiler engages in professional sports ground construction and has acquired a list of big-name clubs as references for its services. heiler specialises not only in the construction of new sports grounds, but also in the conversion of existing cinder playing surfaces. sb 5/2019

For 25 years Herculan B.V. are developing, manufacturing and supplying seamless polyurethane sports and recreational surfacing products and systems. The systems include indoor sports floors, athletics tracks, multipurpose play- and sports areas, tennis courts and children’s playgrounds. Herculan BV provides an impressive wide range of high-quality polyurethane sports flooring systems. Worldwide renowned for durability, comfort, safety and performance! The Herculan sports surfaces are eco-friendly, seamless and meet all the latest European Standards.

Herculan BV Energieweg 6 4231 DJ Meerkerk, Netherland Phone +31 (0) 183 35 47 00

Over 135 years of experience in timber stand behind Holz-Speckmann, the manufacturer of the mobile SPEED-LOCK floors. The highly productive timber wholesale forms the basis for the development and production of innovative products. Holz-Speckmann produces SPEED-LOCK floors with state-of-the-art CNC machines. The permanent quality control ensures highest precision and durability of the floors.

Holz-Speckmann GmbH & Co. KG Weststraße 15 33790 Halle/ Westfalen, Germany Phone +49(0)5201 189215

INTERGREEN AG has been building sports facilities of all sizes for over 40 years. Small, regional and large, internationally active clubs appreciate our skills and experience and the quality of our work. INTERGREEN AG has developed machines, processes and systems that pursue a single goal: that of building high-quality sports facilities that are reasonably priced.

Geschäftsstelle INTERGREEN AG c/o Science to Business GmbH Hochschule Osnabrück Gebäude ED Raum 0104, Emsweg 3 49090 Osnabrück, Germany

The ISP GmbH is operating a laboratory, in which material testing of synthetic sports surfarces, artificial turf systems, impact absorbing wall coverings and sports hall floor systems is performed. ISP`s laboratory is accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17025. The ISP expertise also includes the certification testing of all kind of synthetic sports floor systems for indoor and outdoor use, key stage inspections of installation works, assessment of existing sports facilities, and quality monitoring of building materials.

ISP GmbH Südstraße 1A 49196 Bad Laer, Germany Phone +49(0)5424 8097891

IST Leipzig is a German test Lab for tests of sports flooring systems accredited according to EN ISO 17025. The scope of the lab ranges from tests of indoor sports floors, artificial turf systems and synthetic surfaces up to test of playground surfaces. Padded walls and safety against ball throwing are tested as well. Tests are performed both as lab-test and as field-test in the builtin final state: lab-tests for testing systems or components, field-tests for the installation quality.

IST – Institut für Sportbodentechnik Equipagenweg 25 04416 Markkleeberg, Germany Phone +49(0)341/354 29 53

Construction Project Management is the core business of our company. For us, project management is the objectives of our clients, economically and efficiently. Our mission is to realize short construction, sustainable building quality within budget We specialize in real estate in the sports and leisure center area.

Andreas Kernig Building Consultant Albersloher Weg 10 48155 Münster, Germany Phone +49(0)251 23948850

KRAIBURG Relastec GmbH & Co. KG is an independent enterprise in the KRAIBURG Holding. SPORTEC® rubber flooring products and elastic layers from KRAIBURG Relastec are proven products refined by continuous further development. A wide range of users - including system providers, specialist distributors, architects and builders of sports facilities - benefit from the advantages they provide. All SPORTEC® products are manufactured in proprietary environment-friendly processes utilizing upwards of 90% recycled rubber materials.

KRAIBURG Relastec GmbH & Co. KG Fuchsberger Straße 4 29410 Salzwedel, Germany Phone +49(0)8683 701 340

KUTTER is an innovative and high-performance company that not only plays a leading role all over southern Germany in classical gardening and landscaping, but is also a top-rate and reliable operator in specialised fields such as sports facility construction, golf course construction and synthetic surface technology.

Hermann Kutter Landschaftsbau Sportplatzbau GmbH & Co. KG Buxheimer Straße 116 87700 Memmingen, Germany Phone +49(0)8331 97730

Herbert Labarre GmbH & Co. KG was founded in Hamburg in 1904 and is a renowned gardening, landscaping and sports ground construction company. Herbert Labarre GmbH offers its customers skilled, punctual and expert consultation, price quotation and execution.

Herbert Labarre GmbH & Co. KG Alsterdorfer Str. 514-516 22337 Hamburg, Germany Phone +49(0)40 596036





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Labosport International Technoparc du circuit des 24 Heures 72100 Le Mans, France Phone +33 243 47 08 40

Labosport is a test institute for surfaces certification and consultancy that provides thorough coverage of the sports surface life-cycle and a unique offer ranging from laboratory testing to on-site diagnosis. With its multidisciplinary team specialising in chemistry, engineering, agronomy, sports performance and materials science, Labosport is dedicated to improve the overall quality, safety and durability of sports surfaces and equipment. Its engineers and consultants work on projects ranging from iconic stadia to community playing fields.

Landskate GmbH Gutenbergstraße 48 50823 Köln, Germany Phone +49 163 331 77 17

LNDSKT is a planning and consulting company specialized in state-of-the-art skatepark design. Founded and operated by active skateboarders, we support user-oriented skatepark planning covered by HOAI (Official Fee Scale for Services by Architects and Engineers) work stages 1-9. We know the specific needs of skatepark users from our own experience. We are truly connected with skateboarders and speak their language. Our mission is to raise the bar for skatepark design in Germany and beyond. This is LNDSKT!

M3 Architectes 15, rue Wurth-Paquet 2737 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Phone +352 26 44 74 1

M3 Architectes is currently led by five associates, Jos Dell, Alain Linster, Mary Lucas, Jürgen Simon and Luke Schroeder assisted by a team of 40 employees, including 29 architects. M3 Architectes exercises in most fields of construction, urban planning and interior design.

Melos GmbH Bismarckstr. 4-10 49324 Melle, Germany Phone +49(0)5422 94470

For more than 70 years, MELOS have been developing know-how in rubber technology. In the granules product area, MELOS major activity is the manufacture of synthetic granules for running tracks and drop protection systems in playgrounds. MELOS also manufacture infill granules for artificial turf systems.

MYRTHA POOLS (Switzerland) SA Route des Fluides 5 1762 Givisiez, Switzerland Phone +41 26 466 23 25

The expertise of Myrtha Pools® finds expression in its over 50 years of experience and 1,500 installed pools. With 300 public projects and over 50 pools for international swimming meetings completed each year, it has amassed references in over 70 countries. Myrtha complies flexibly with precise technical and functional requirements without compromising on creativity or design: swimming pools distinguished by their brightness and quality. Myrtha technology is based on a modular system of self-supporting PVC-coated stainless steel panels.

Neptunus GmbH Georg-Glock-Straße 8 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany Phone +49(0)3222 1090176

Neptunus is one of the largest providers of marquees, semi-permanent and temporary accommodation worldwide. With its 75 years of experience, Neptunus supplies marquees and accommodation for top events, in addition to demountable structures for numerous semi-permanent applications. Neptunus has developed temporary sports hall structures with big fl exibility and sustainibility.

Novoter AG Auberg 2 4051 Basel, Switzerland Phone +41(0)61 2715100



Novoter AG, headquartered in Switzerland, provides an innovative turf heating and cooling system which saves up to 80% of the energy costs of conventional systems. Novoter experts have more than 30 years of experience in planning, coordination, construction and maintenance of natural grass soccer fields and ice plants as well as in heating, cooling and control technology. Experience which leads to innovation.

Nüssli (Germany) GmbH Rothgrund 6 91154 Roth, Germany Phone +49(0)9171 97630 Fax +49(0)9171 976350

NUSSLI is a leading, international supplier of temporary structures for events, trade fairs and exhibitions. NUSSLI provides customized, integral solutions from the concept to the fi nal implementation. These are characterized by brief implementation times and superior quality.

Pellikaan Bauunternehmen Germany GmbH Kaiserswerther Straße 115 40880 Ratingen, Germany Phone +49(0)2102 429060

Pellikaan specialises in non-housing projects; buildings used for commerce, recreation, and education. As an experienced and unique partner, the company will work closely with its clients and can provide a total package, or a combination of: Design, Build, Finance ,Maintain, Operate, Feasibility.

PERROT-Regnerbau Calw GmbH Industriestraße 19-29 75382 Althengstett, Germany Phone +49(0)7051 1620

PERROT, the professionals of turf irrigation and good service, and their reliable partners advise on any kind of questions right from the planning stage, concerning offers, delivery and installation, up to the point of commissioning. Individual requirements will be analyzed in a detailed counseling interview with our specialized staff - also on site if required.

Planungsbüro Pätzold + Snowadsky Katharinenstraße 31 49078 Osnabrück, Germany Phone +49(0)541 404320

On your behalf, we carry out extensive concept planning, demand assessments and feasibility studies. In addition, we support you during all phases of the design and execution of indoor and outdoor facilities, with a strong focus on the sports facility sector. We are known for our experience, dependability and sound judgment. We regularly test and make use of newly developed systems. For the expert performance of wide-ranging tasks. For you, the client. sb 5/2019


Play-Parc Siegfried Strasser has been developing and building playground and exercise equipment for Allwetter-Freizeitanlagenbau GmbH public spaces since 1979. And this has included the successful 4FCIRCLE® series of exercise Zur Kohlstätte 9 equipment since 2001. He runs his company playparc GmbH together with his son Steffen. 33014 Bad Driburg-Siebenstern, Germany Playparc produces and sells four product lines well-known throughout Germany and the rest of Phone +49(0)5253 40599-0 Europe: NEOSPIEL®, 4FCIRCLE®, Replacement parts for all children’s playground equipment and ® IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND .

Based in Burgheim, Polytan has been the leading specialist for outdoor sports surfaces for more than 40 years. The spectrum of services includes the supply of polyurethane raw materials, the installation of synthetic surfaces for athletics tracks, all-weather pitches, elastic layers for synthetic turfs, the supply and installation of traditional and filled synthetic turfs, lining, repairs and the cleaning of sports surfaces.

Polytan GmbH Gewerbering 3 86666 Burgheim, Germany Phone +49(0)8432 870

PORPLASTIC offers comprehensive product and system programme for PUR-bound elastic sports floors, playground surfaces and synthetic turf systems as a complete assembly in accordance with DIN V 18035, parts 6 and 7, and the IAAF guidelines. Products proven in all climates and innovative technical solutions on site.

Porplastic Sportbau von Cramm GmbH & Co. KG Graf-Bentzel-Str. 78 72108 Rottenburg a.N., Germany Phone + 49(0)7472 937970

Pulastic sports flooring is a brand of Sika Nederland B.V. We are an innovative organization and unite a variety of activities under one roof, from research and development to manufacturing and installation of polyurethane indoor and outdoor floors, including customer service and consulting.

Sika Nederland B.V. (Pulastic sports flooring) P.O. Box 420 7400 AK Deventer, Netherland Phone +31(0)570 620744

RAUMKUNST ZT LLC offers professional support and accompaniment for planning and realization of sports facilities and spaces for assembly. RAUMKUNST ZT LLC possesses decades of experience with project development and construction of sports facilities as well as large scale assembly spaces such as football stadiums, gymnasiums, or track-and-field facilities. Our knowhow encompasses all phases of project development.

RAUMKUNST ZT GMBH SPORTARCHITEKTUR Mondscheingasse 7/1 1070 Wien, Austria Phone +43(0)1956 98 38

ProPlay is a commercial sports brand of Schmitz Foam Products, is a 3th generation family owned business established in 1935. Schmitz is the global leader in performance pads with unparalleled engineering, quality and innovation. The first ProPlay pad was produced in 1992. Today, all products are still engineered, manufactured and distributed on-site and installed in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Schmitz Foam Products BV Postfach 1277 6040 KG Roermond, Netherland Phone +31(0)475 370270

SITECO is a leading supplier of technical lighting for outdoor, industry, office and retail environments. SITECO stands for innovative lighting technology and combined industry expertise – from large-scale projects to customer-specific project solutions. The luminaire collection is compatible with control systems and IoT applications, thanks to an LED portfolio including intelligent components. Tunable white luminaires support human-centric lighting concepts with dynamic lighting scenarios. This means SITECO provides more than just state-of-the-art lighting solutions; it offers ideal conditions for simpler, better and safer living and working, today and tomorrow.

Siteco Beleuchtungstechnik GmbH Georg-Simon-Ohm-Strasse 50 83301 Traunreut, Germany Phone +49(0)8669 33-0




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Sekisui Alveo AG Ebikonerstrasse 75 6043 Adligenswil, Switzerland Phone +41 41 228 92 92

Alveosport is the innovative, patented technical layer for artificial turf systems made by Sekisui Alveo, the leading manufacturer in Europe of polyolefin foams. The shock pad contributes with 70 percent the biggest part of the vertical sports performance of the overall turf system. As a member of the global Sekisui Group, Sekisui Alveo is able to offer a worldwide network of competence – to the direct benefit of its customers. Contact your nearest representative today, we are ready to find the best solution for your artificial turf sports field.

Signgrass® NIK-Tufting BV Stökskesweg 13 5571 TJ Bergeijk, Netherland Phone +31(0)497 572545

The idea behind Signgrass® is to manufacture a seamless logo, slogan or design up to 4 x 9 meters out of one piece and in fine detail. Th synthetic grass mats can be incorporated at artificial turf pitches, sports grounds, children’s playgrounds, golfgreens and commercial flooring like door mats and exhibition flooring. Signgrass® meets a quality standard which will exceed every expectation and brings numerous possibilities. Strong and durable.

SMC² Parc d’Activités Les Platières, 250 rue du Petit Bois 69440 Mornant, France Phone +33(0) 478676056

Architecture, innovation and environmental preservation are the driving forces of our creativity and our actions to propose solutions to fulfil the economic and ecological demands of today’s society. SMC² designs and constructs covered buildings for sports. When covering a sports field or building a sports installation, every project has its own solution: Multi-sports grounds, indoor football pitches, tennis courts, gymnasiums, bowling pitches, changing rooms, stands, covered school playgrounds, sports centres, swimming pools…

SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau GmbH Postfach 1150 89265 Vöhringen, Germany Phone +49(0)7306 96650

Since 1975 SMG has been dealing with the development of modern machinery for the installation of synthetic surfaces in the sports industry. Also for the maintenance of artificial turf or carpets with granule infilling SMG has already presented the world‘s first innovations since the 80s. For about 35 years SMG has been offering a unique range of machinery. As a pioneer in the special sector „synthetic sports surfaces and artificial turf” SMG disposes of recognized competence and experience since decades.

Spieth Gymnastics GmbH In den Weiden 13 73776 Altbach, Germany Phone +49(0)7153 5032800

SPIETH Gymnastics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of gymnastics equipment and mats. In addition, SPIETH also produces a broad range of judo floors, basketball units, climbing walls and changing room equipment. The product and service portfolio is is rounded of with customised solutions for training centres and freestyle halls. SPIETH has supplied equipment to many Olympic Games and World Championships.

STARGUM Zakład Przemysłu Gumowego ul. Cieplna 7 73-110, Stargard Szczecinski, Polska Phone +48 91 578 8008

STARGUM is one of the leading producers of rubber granules for sport and recreational surfaces such as football pitches, running tracks and playgrounds. With over 30 years of experience in the rubber industry, EPDM, TPE-V, and SBR granules produced by STARGUM are among the highest quality granules on the market. Manufactured in the European Union, our granules meet the highest standards for environmental safety and health, and our flexible, high capacity production ensures we can meet each of our customers’ individual needs.

STRABAG Sportstättenbau GmbH 44147 Dortmund, Germany Phone +49(0)231 9820230

STRABAG Sportstättenbau GmbH specialises in complete solutions for indoor and outdoor sports facilities, inclusive of maintenance and care. Numerous projects have been realised in this way – among them, public-private partnerships, inclusive of building construction and financing. We have the right solution for all sports-related requirements.

TAC Informationstechnologie GmbH Schildbach 111 8230 Hartberg, Austria Phone +43(0)3332 6005 990

TAC The Assistant Company is an Austrian software company that serves prestigious thermal baths and pool enterprises such as the Tamina Therme of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Bernaqua fun pool and Säntispark leisure centre. The brand new Entry Assistant – Access Control Software ticketing system is an all-in-one solution for user management with a ticketing and access control system. TAC’s software solutions assist the bathing industry with day-to-day running and yield benefits in terms of time savings, quality and turnover.

Thorn Lighting Schweizerstraße 30 6850 Dornbirn, Austria Phone +43(0)5572 390-0

Thorn produces and supplies efficient and high-quality interior and exterior lighting solutions for wholesalers, designers and end-users. The name of Thorn is internationally synonymous with quality, dependability and user-friendliness. Thorn has acquired over 90 years of experience with lighting solutions and is a proud member of the Zumtobel Group. As a Smart City specialist, the company helps municipalities to enhance safety and well-being with connectivity and information. Its innovative interior lighting solutions create pleasant and efficient lighting – at home and at the workplace.

Trenomat GmbH & Co. KG Ladestrasse 25 42327 Wuppertal, Germany Phone +49(0)2058 8990

Trenomat is an internationally active company with over 50 years of experience in the field of partition curtains for sports and multipurpose halls, multifunctional events halls and arenas. It has even built partition curtains measuring 155 x 40 m and achieved sound insulation values of more than 37 dB with an assessed sound absorption coefficient of 0.5 and over. Even for unconventional design ideas, Trenomat is the ideal contact.

Trofil Sportbodensysteme GmbH & Co. KG Löhestrasse 40 53773 Hennef, Germany Phone +49(0)2242 933 880

The production of high-quality mono filaments from hair strength has now been developed at Trofil for 25 years. From granulates through to mono filament production, the refinement (plying, etc.), tufting, right through to lamination, Trofil supplies products for the highest demands, manufactured from a single source, with which Trofil offers flexibility in the product design by directly converting the customer’s specific wishes and requirements. sb 5/2019


Universal Sport Sportgeräteherstellungs- und Vertriebs GmbH Waldstraße 8 Since the establishment of Universal Sport in 1982 a worldwide net of sales representatives 71101 Schönaich, Germany has been set up. On more than 3000 m² sport product’s get engineered, produced and stored. Phone +49(0)7031 75330 With the always present thought of safety, we have revised many of our items, for example Umpire’s Chairs, Tennis Nets and Tennis Posts.

Waagner-Biro is a steel engineering organisation based in Vienna. Founded in 1854, the tradition-conscious company has amassed nearly 160 years of experience. Today, Waagner-Biro has more than a thousand employees working at some 15 locations in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Waagner-Biro is one of the largest suppliers of stage equipment world-wide.

Waagner-Biro Bavaria Stage Systems GmbH Am Schönbühl 12 92729 Weiherhammer, Germany Phone +49(0)9605 92220

Weinberger is the leading company in the Rhine-Neckar area for screeding, floorcoverings (carpeting, linoleum, rubber and PVC surfaces), parquet, sports floors, net curtains, decorative fabrics, wallpaper etc. In the sports flooring sector, it is the right contact when it comes to special surfaces for outdoor ball games, floor systems for sports and multi-purpose halls, and special flooring for fitness centres/weight training rooms.

Eugen Weinberger GmbH & Co. KG Gutenbergstraße 41-43 68167 Mannheim, Germany Phone +49(0)621 338780

WM ice technics in South Tyrol, Italy has been developing and building innovative ice-resurfacing machines for ice surfaces of all sizes for over 30 years. From design through to final assembly, series production takes place on the company’s own premises. Customer requests can thus be accommodated, and quality control remains assured. In addition, WM ice technics and its distributors provide extensive machine commissioning and maintenance services.

WM GmbH Breiener Straße 15 39053 Blumau, Italy Phone +39 0471 353 332

Zeller´s qualified staff are the guarantee for creative, technically sound solutions. On their company premises of 14,000 m², Zeller uses the latest equipment and techniques in the production of the stainless steel elements for your swimming pool.

ZELLER bäderbau GmbH In den Seewiesen 49 89520 Heidenheim, Germany Phone +49(0)7321 93890

Züko is designing and producing ice-preparation machines (ice resurfacer) . Züko is also proud of its large and efficient workshop. Here, not only municipal vehicles and equipment, which were bought at the ZüKo, but also foreign brands can be serviced.

Züko Deutschland GmbH Vogelherd 23 78176 Blumberg, Germany Phone +49(0)7702 477920




UPCOMING ISSUES Issue 6/2019 – Pools and leisure facilities

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Issue 1/2020 – Sports halls and arenas

Photo: Miran Kambič

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj

Advertising deadline: 25.11.2019

Advertising deadline: 03.02.2020

Date of publication: 20.12.2019

Date of publication: 28.02.2020 111


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International magazine for sports, leisure and recreational ­facilities

Editorial board and publisher IAKS International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities Eupener Straße 70 50933 Cologne, Germany Phone +49 (0) 221 16 80 23- 0 Fax +49 (0) 221 16 80 23-23

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Subscription price €56 Germany €73 Other countries €12 Single issue ISSN (Print): 0036-102X ISSN (Internet): ISSN 2198-4271 The publisher has unlimited rights to work accepted for printing. Reprint or duplication, even of extracts, is only permitted with the publisher‘s written consent. 112

Jurisdiction and place of performance Cologne For advertisement prices, see the Media Data 2019.

Translation/Editorial report Tim Chafer, ExperTeam Otto-Hahn-Str. 57, DE-40591 Dusseldorf Euro-Sprachendienst Jellen Rheinaustr. 125, DE-53225 Bonn Print DFS Druck Brecher GmbH Rheinische Allee 5 DE-50858 Cologne sb 5/2019

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The Professionals of Irrigation

Perrot: the specialists of Hockey The favorite sprinkler for Olympics and World Cups

l Removable cover segment to service from the top l Sector Scout (optional): defines identical start and stop point for every head l Exceptional casting range: over 50 meters radius with excellent uniformity and low water consumption l Highly efficient valve-in-head (optional) with very low pressure loss l Unique piston-drive technology, only from Perrot l Infinitely variable rotation speed from 50 sec - 120 sec for 180°


Take advantage of the experience of the “Professionals of Irrigation” for your hockey field. FSB 2019 Cologne/D - 05.11. - 08.11.2019 Hall 10.2 Aisle B Booth 59 PERROT Regnerbau Calw GmbH · Industriestraße 19-29 · D-75382 Althengstett/Germany · Tel. +49-7051-1620 · E-mail: 114

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