African Design Magazine December 2015 - Page 86

BEST To mark the IAKS’s 50th anniversary, the IAKS has created an IAKS All-Time Award. The idea is to highlight outstanding or landmark sports and leisure facilities that may well have influenced the development of sports architecture or sports facility building products. H ere are the IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) All-Time Award winners - sports and leisure facilities which have raised the interaction between sports and architecture to higher levels and have granted the profession world-wide recognition. The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) was founded in 1965. It is the only non-profit organization concerned globally with the subject of sports and leisure facility development and has been awarded the status of a Recognized Organization by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Beijing National Stadium Beijing National Stadium by Herzog de Meuron, ArupSport and China Architecture was the centrepiece of the Olympic Green. Its design can be described as a perfect combination of elegance, simplicity and functionality. In this project, the architects and engineers have created a sports facility that is well-known as the Bird’s Nest the world over and that has evolved into an Read more here Holmenkollen Ski Jump The Holmenkollen site has been the cradle of evolution in ski jumping, and the facility has been upgraded and improved more than nineteen times. Its building history represents a form of record or architectural fossil of the discipline’s progress. For the 2011 World Championships, the ski jump was completely redesigned by JDS architects. The design of the new Holmenkollen Ski Read more here 86