What does it take to create award winning sports complexes that punch above their weight?

Held on November 16 to 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany, the World Architectural Festival celebrated another year of superstars in building design.

This month's photo gallery directs its focus on the buildings shortlisted in the sports category of the architectural festival. Take a visual tour of the top entries, including the winner. These creations are visually stunning, easy on the environment and serve as inspiration to athletes, spectators and BASF performance material engineers and designers.

Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Sports Hall and Sports Field, Sydney, Australia
Allen Jack+Cottier

Photos: Tyrone Branigna

The Abbotsleigh multi-purpose sports hall and sports field’s ecologically sustainable design houses a 166-vehicle parking area, function rooms, change facilities, sports field, grandstand space as well as reconfigured access roads, pathways and landscaping. The facility’s southern end curves to transition into an extended roofline beyond the actual building.

AEP Fitness Centre, Oklahoma City, United States
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Photos: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

An existing concrete basement area served as inspiration for the creation of this industrial-style fitness center. Highlights include racquetball and basketball courts, adaptable climbing wall, fitness studio, running track, courtyards and terraces, with a sunken retention pond doubling as a volleyball court just for good measure.

GAME Streetmekka, Esbjerg, Denmark

Photos: Effekt

In homage to the emergence of unorganized street sports an industrial skate park is set against the historical backdrop of the roundhouse train depot. Durable industrial halls, street sport plaza and large outdoor social space marry the old with the new in eye-catching harmony.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France

Photos: Populous

Merging technology with nature this stunning stadium was designed to instil and inspire the true spirit of sport into both the players and fans that come together in this world-class venue.

Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico

Photos: Populous

With the goal of challenging expectations, Populous raised the bar on the restoration and improvement of this beloved football stadium. The self-supporting trip-podal structure includes a seating bowl designed to increase spectator experience, innovative ventilation system and a cantilevered roof among other delights.

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, Canada
HCMA Architecture + Design

Photos: HCMA Architecture + Design

And the winner is…..this ambitious community aquatic gathering space which serves as a destination training facility as well as a major competition venue for the fast growing Surrey, BC population. Boasting a 50m Olympic size pool and dive platform with seating for up to 900 spectators this space will attract pro athletes while simultaneously accommodating the needs of recreational users.


A video tour of the glulam installation at the new Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC. Designed by Hughes Condon Marler Architects and in association with Fast + Epp Structural Engineers and EllisDon Construction. Credit: HCMA Architecture + Design


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