Today sees an opening of two separate architectural competitions organised by the city of Zurich. Here’s some detailed information about both of the planned projects.
‘The city of Zurich is planning a new football stadium and a public housing estate on the “Areal Hardturm” in Zurich’s West with two separate architectural competitions. Situated at the Western entrance to the city the two building projects will play an important role in the sustainable devel- opment of this city area and give this important district a fresh and dynamic aspect. Sustainability is an important factor for both competitions – it is vital that the aims of the 2000-watt-society vision will be achieved.’ (more…)
Foster + Partners' showpiece stadium for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid; image © courtesy Foster + Partners
As the cost of hosting major sporting events continues to rise, the need for something positive to be left behind once the fun and games are over becomes ever more vital. Architonic examines past and future events and the differing approaches to planning, designing, adapting and repurposing venues and infrastructure in order to create a medal-winning sporting legacy. (by Alyn Griffiths)
to Alyn Griffiths’ article on Architonic
Toyo Ito for The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
When Kaohsiung was granted the right to host The World Games 2009 by the International World Games Association, the organizing committee immediately launched the venue renovation and construction project in order to meet International Federation standards. The most important project was undoubtedly the Main Stadium in the north of Kaohsiung City.
The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 seats
The whole construction of the Main Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 seats, designed by japanese architect Toyo Ito, only required two years of work, and was finally tested for lighting facilities on January 15, 2009. It took over six minutes to power up the lighting in the stadium, which illuminates the track and field with 3,300 lux. Spiral steel girders and 8,844 solar panels were installed on the roof. Two jumbotrons screens on each side of the stadium, along with a surround sounding system, make this an international standard soccer field and facility, ensuring that it is the perfect venue for the opening and closing ceremonies.
100% made in Taiwan
The stadium is notable for its eco-friendliness: the solar panels on the stadium roof generate 1.14 million kWh of electricity per year, thus reducing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide output. In addition, all the raw materials used in the main stadium are 100% reusable and made in Taiwan.
to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects @ Architonic
to The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung