The deadline looms for entries to the IOC/IAKS Award for 2013. The award brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning, and exceptional architectural design.
“The goal of enhancing the human experience and appreciation of sport and leisure while protecting the environment through design, material use and creativity is fundamental to the awards programme.” is how IAKS puts it.
The IPC/IAKS Distinction is a separate award aimed at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities as well as architectural projects in order to offer all people, regardless of their physical abilities, opportunities to practise and view sport freely and without barriers.
The winning sports and leisure facilities will receive the IOC/IAKS Award in gold, silver or bronze and/or the IPC/IAKS Distinction. In addition to this, there will be a Special Prizes for facilities remarkable for particular design features or particular exemplary characteristics.
Eligible to enter the 2013 competition are newly built facilities as well as extensions, modernisations, rehabilitations or conversions of already existing buildings and facilities in the public and private sector. The facilities must have been erected and gone into operation between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2012 and must have been in successful operation for at least one year. Competition entries must be jointly submitted by the designer and the client (or operator) of the facility. The closing date for entries is 31 March.