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12 Dec 2011

Awards for talented young architects

Bowled over by the Bird’s Nest Stadium, overwhelmed by Wembley, stunned by the San Siro Stadium… then take a glimpse at the new architectural talent that is coming up through the ranks thanks to the first Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals.

This initiative to recognise innovative designs for sports, leisure and recreational facilities was launched earlier this year by the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), supported by the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Entries for this prestigious award flooded in from talented young architects from 13 countries, but the winning gold prize went to Ukrainian designer Anna Kuchmenko for “Cycle Track”, an innovative cycling facility that integrates a classic velodrome with additional layers for a more “extreme” and leisure cycling experience. The jury commented that this design demonstrated “a youthful vision and a mature design execution”.

The silver prize went to German architects Julia Schaller and Claudia Jäkel for “Green Wave”, a thermal bath, sauna and recreation complex set in the heart of Berlin Olympic Park. The bronze prize was jointly awarded for “comp_activity”, an inner-city urban recreation facility and “The Kit”, a design inspired by the Youth Olympic Games which allows customised, flexible and re-usable temporary venue solutions that can be passed on to the next host city, while minimising environmental impact.

Full details of the prize winners can be found here.

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