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And the winner is…IAKS, IOC and IPC awards

Bao ‘An Stadium was the gold medal winner in the major outdoor stadium category of the IOC/IAKS Awards.  Its design, by gmp architects, uses bamboo for architectural and structural effect. The stadium hosted soccer during the Universiade but was designed primarily for athletics. It cost Euros 60 million for 40,500 capacity and operating costs in 2012 were Euros 1.25 million.

The London Olympic Stadium, designed by Populous, received a silver medal, with recognition for the choice of materials and structure and technical systems specifically for the Olympics and the ability for rapid dismantling and reconfiguration. The stadium’s designer Tom Jones (pictured receiving the award from Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, Executive Board Member IOC and Dr. Stephan J. Holthoff-Pförtner, IAKS President) revealed in a IAKS Congress session that the architectural design specified an orange track, which was overruled by the client who wanted to use a track which favoured the sprint events but was not available in the colour required.

Naradowy Stadium in Warsaw won bronze. The jury recognised “the technical solution but also the image that a national stadium should create for the future”. PGE Arena won an IPC/IAKS Distinction bronze medal for the range of services provided to visually-impaired spectators, including a touch tour and tactile model of the stadium.

Make Architects (pictured below – Stuart Fraser left) were double winners for the Olympic Handball Arena, the Copper Box. The design won IPC/IAKS Distinction bronze for accessibility and the IOC/IAKS jury liked the natural light system so much that it made a special award. Other winners included Lee Valley Whitewater Centre (FaulknerBrowns – pictured below right), Max Aicher Arena (Behnisch Architekten) and Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (gmp).

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