Brilliant ceremony: IOC, IPC and IAKS award their international architecture prizes
Prize-winning projects in 14 countries
The jury for the 2019 IOC IAKS Award commended seven facilities with Gold, six with Silver and seven with Bronze. The IPC IAKS Distinction for accessible sports facilities goes to five participants. The prize-winning projects can be found in 14 countries worldwide.
This year, 98 projects had 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.
The prizes were handed over by
International Olympic Committee, Head of Sustainability,Corporate Development, Brand and Sustainability Department
Patrick Stolpmann International Paralympic Committee, Head of Corporate Development and Technology
Dr Stefan Kannewischer
All winners of the 2019 IOC IPC IAKS architecture prizes are presented in the special edition of sb
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 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.
2019 IOC IAKS Award Gold Winners
Planica Nordic Center, Ratece Planica, Slovenia Architects: Studio Abiro, STVAR, Studio AKKA
Sportcampus Zuiderpark, Den Haag, Netherlands Architects: FaulknerBrowns Architects
Riviera Water Park, Brno, Czech Republic Architects: A77 Architekti, Centroproject Group
UBC Aquatic Centre, Vancouver, Canada Architects: MJMA, Acton Ostry Architects
Great Plains Recreation Facility, Calgary, Canada Architects: MJMA, MTa