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Fri 27.5.

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects (CA)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 27.05.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects; photo by James Dow''

The award-winning Vancouver-based practice Patkau Architects has realised these sculptural temporary skating shelters in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. Executed in double-layered flexible plywood, the shelters are located at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers which transform into miles-long skating trails during harsh winter months (Winnipeg is the coldest city of its size outside of Siberia). Each of the intimate snug-looking structures has been designed to accommodate a limited amount of skaters at a time. (more…)

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

The Japanese practice mA-style design of architecture & planning realised this residence for a famous Kendo-family in Makinohara City. It consists of two buildings, one for living (left), the other one is used as a Kendo school.

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

'Green Mountain' by mA-style design of architecture & planning, photo by Yoshiharu Hama

Location: Makinohara, Shizuoka

Use: Single family residence, Kendo school (Kendojo)
Design period: January, 2008 – June, 2009
Construction period: June, 2009 – December, 2009
Construction: Residence – wood frame construction, Kendojo – steel frame construction

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Modern gymnastic apparatus by Phoenix Design

Modern gymnastics apparatus by Phoenix Design

Looking back to sports classes we all remember the age-old equipment, whose design did not change since it was invented by F. L. Jahn in the mid 19th century.

Recently the German design practice Phoenix Design developed this design study for a series of modern gymnastics appararti.

Uneven bars by Phoenix Design

Uneven bars by Phoenix Design

Here is what Phoenix Design explains:

It was a challenge for Phoenix Design to deal with a topic which time has left untouched as it were. The designers asked themselves how an athlete might feel doing high-performance exercises on this antiquated equipment, which also does not seem very dynamic. The focus of their concept study was the athlete. Only from there, first designs for adequate products developed. Tom Schönherr on the creative approach to the new sports equipment: “We wanted to create a dynamic, or rather, a grown structure. It had to have a human dimension and appear natural. These positive impressions should directly be transfered to the athlete.”

Balance beam by Phoenix Design

Balance beam by Phoenix Design

In comparison to the status quo, you now see elegant, light equipment. They are anchored in the floor with vertical supports, but seem to grow out of it elegantly. You have the impression that they connect with the athlete’s movements. Tom Schönherr: “We formed a modern grid structure and reduced the use of materials to a minimum by giving it a well thought-out form. This has a huge advantage: You see a lot more of the athlete. The equipment has a reduced design and is a perfect stage for the athlete.”

'The Perfect Balance' by Phoenix Design

'The Perfect Balance' by Phoenix Design

The athletic team of Phoenix Design

The athletic team of Phoenix Design

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Viewing Tower by ateliereenarchitecten 2009

Viewing Tower by ateliereenarchitecten 2009. Photos: ateliereenarchitecten

In the Netherlands over 50 spots are marked on the map as starting points for recreational use of the rural landscape. People are encouraged to park their cars at these locations instead of at other, more preserved, areas. In the small town Reusel, the nomination motivated a local sports merchant to found an outdoor sports park.

Straight flight staircases raise in between and cross the cubes several times in different positions.

Straight flight staircases raise in between and cross the cubes several times in different positions.

A tower, 25 meters high, with sport facilities like climbing and abseiling is the main attraction. Designed by Dutch ateliereenarchitecten, it consists of six cubes, hanging on a core of steel columns. Two of the six cubes are accessible. The third one from the bottom contains a start platform for a rope slide and a high rope track. In the top box people can enjoy a panorama view of the surrounding landscape and there is a starting platform for abseiling. The athletes on the 13 meters high climbing wall are observed by visitors of the adjacent bistro.

The logs can be found in the surrounding production forest.

The logs can be found in the surrounding production forest.

Huge stacks of logs can be found in the surrounding production forest. The cladding of the tower consists of the same halved, stripped logs. It represents an addition and at the same time a product of it’s surroundings. The use of wood makes the object fit in it’s setting whereas the orthogonal (unnatural) shapes create an exciting composition.

 

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