At the festive gala on 26 October 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) presented the much-coveted medals for innovative, sustainable and inclusive sports and leisure architecture.
Recognizing facilities that push the envelope of sporting and leisure facilities. Four Gold, seven Silver and seven Bronze winning facilities are awarded the prestigious accolade. Seven additional facilities received the IPC IAKS Distinction for accessible sports facilities. Showcasing the future of sports architecture, five student projects have been awarded for their originality and inventiveness.
The jury had their work cut out, with 86 projects in contention from all corners of the globe. Countries included Canada, Japan, Montenegro, Peru, Syria and the USA, showcasing extraordinary design and functionality. Among the winners this year were interesting and eye-catching projects such as community parks, ice rinks, and an acclaimed ski resort on top of a waste-to-energy plant.
The prizes were handed over by
Director Corporate and Sustainable Development, International Olympic Committee, Switzerland
Dr Mike Peters
CEO, International Paralympic Committee
Dr Stefan Kannewischer
IAKS President, Switzerland
2021 IOC IAKS Award Gold Winners
photo: Koelnmesse Uwe Weiser
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom
CopenHill, Copenhagen, Denmark
Architect: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Aquaticum Waterpark, Debrecen, Hungary
Architect: BORD Architectural Studio
Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Architect: Nikken Sekkei + Shimizu Corporation
2021 IOC IAKS Award Silver Winners
Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, Australia
Architects: COX Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture