Top 10 stadiums and sports centers in the world (part 2)

 

US Bank Stadium, USA, by HKS and Vikings Stadium Consortium

Designed by HKS and a consortium of architects such as Studio Hive, Lawal Scott Erickson Architects, and Studio Five, the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, the USA, is the new home to America’s football team the Minnesota Vikings.

The stadium with angular protrusions and a roof which is partly made of the plastic film came to global attention in 2018 due to its becoming the venue for this year’s Super Bowl.

Cheomdan Badminton Court, South Korea, by JHW IROJE Architects

JHW IROJE Architects built the riverside Cheomdan Badminton Court in Gwangju, South Korea.

The badminton center is made from concrete which is colored to match the surrounding earth, with skylights clad in steel providing light for the large hall.

Bamboo Sports Hall, Thailand, by Chiangmai Life Architects

Bamboo Sports Hall in Chiangmai, Thailand is a zero-carbon sports hall which was built by Chiangmai Life Architects. As a specialist in building with bamboo, the sports hall will be used for futsal, basketball, badminton, and volleyball.

Golf Exécutif Montréal, Canada, by Architecture49

This clubhouse at a golf course in Montréal, Canada, is covered with a huge wooden roof which will shelter players by using driving ranges in case of bad weather.

The roof of this curved building is cantilevered out from the central building which contains an open-plan lounge with a pro shop, a bar, a reception hall, and some administrative offices.

Atlantic Pavilion, Portugal, by Valdemar Coutinho Arquitectos

The brutalist sports facility of Pedro Barbosa School, named the Atlantic Pavilion, is designed to be used by not only the school’s students but also the community of Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

The sports hall which is 650-square-meter is assessed from a concrete entrance pavilion which has angular surfaces in order to funnel the daylight into the public foyer.

 

3 Landscape Design Tips And Trends

 

Spring means the time to step outside and to update your outdoor space so that you can fully immerse in the warm-weather months. There are the favorite landscape design tips and trends of the top landscape designers and architects, from big-picture ideas to smaller details. I hope that they will help you enhance your backyard to enjoy all season long.

  1. Bring the Indoors Out

Many people want to enjoy their houses both indoors and outdoors without giving up the convenient features of the interior spaces. Lighting design both indoors and outdoors can give a wonderful ambiance to space. It adds the dimension and enhances the users’ ability to enjoy their outdoor spaces with family and friends.

  1. Create Comfortable Gathering & Entertaining Spaces

A trend which never goes out of style is seating arrangements providing spaces for gatherings, from small to large. By enlisting the interior decorator, you can make the outdoor living space an extension of your interior. To create a perfect outdoor space, there is a trend of including a full-service kitchen and bar combined with a lounging area. This can be more complete with a TV for watching shows, films, sports events, or a music player for some dancing or singing. Moreover, a screened in porch or gazebo is a great option to prevent insects, protect from the sun in the summer, and also add a little warmth in the fall and winter.

  1. Plant a Garden for the Kitchen

With the increased desire for healthy eating, there are more and more requests for herb gardens, potager gardens, and organic gardens so that fresh food is available from everyone’s own garden. A herb garden near the kitchen entry to the house is a good idea. For example, a parterre with the favorite herbs which are planted between the pattern of the boxwood hedges.

 

 

 

Top 10 stadiums and sports centers in the world (p1)

 

Thanks to the FIFA World Cup, the Super Bowl, and the Winter Olympics, we can see the setting up of many great sports architecture. This is the list of the ten best stadiums and sports centers in the world up to now.

Luzhniki Stadium, Russia, by Speech

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow was the venue for both the opening and the final game of the World Cup 2018 and was the focus of the largest sporting event in this year.

The historic stadium was built in 1958 and overhauled by Speech, a Moscow-based studio, ahead of the tournament for FIFA standards and increased its spectator capacity from 78,000 to 81,000.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, USA, by HOK

The Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, the USA, was designed by HOK for American football to replace the Georgia Dome as the home of the Atlanta Falcons.

The stadium with 71,000-capacity has a retractable roof which was made up of 8 large petals that can open and close just like a camera aperture.

Dolní Břežany sports hall, Czech Republic, by Sporadical

Dolní Břežany sports hall was built alongside a primary school in Dolní Břežany, south of Prague, Czech Republic. It is clad in reflective aluminum panels to disguise its size.

This sports hall is used for sporting activities by both the primary school and the town and also serves as a cultural venue.

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Stadium, South Korea, by DaeLim Construction

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Stadium is the centerpiece of the Paralympic Games and the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic. This stadium hosted both the opening and the closing ceremonies of the games.

The pentagonal 35,000-capacity arena was designed and built by DaeLim Construction.

Streetmekka Viborg Build, Denmark, by EFFEKT

Streetmekka Viborg Build was created by EFFEKT to be a skatepark as well as a youth center within an abandoned factory in the city of Viborg, Denmark, in 2018.

The sports building is wrapped in a translucent skin of polycarbonate. Besides a huge skating bowl, it contains basketball courts, maker workshops, and DJ facilities.

 

10 Best Tourist Spots for Landscape Architecture in Asia (part 4)

  1. Cheonggyecheon River Project – Seoul, South Korea

We need only a few words to say about the ChonGae Canal Redevelopment Project of Seoul, the capital of South Korea: It may be the best-restored river of the whole world. Before becoming a public gathering place for people in Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon River was highly polluted, covered wastewater and surrounded by elevated infrastructure dividing the city.

  1. Kontum Indochine Café – Kontum, Vietnam

Another bamboo project? Yes, but it is certainly one of the most beautiful ones. This architectural bamboo masterpiece is one part of a hotel café which desired to offer an outstanding dining experience. Indochine Café’s exceptional form of the bamboo columns was inspired by the traditional fishing baskets of Vietnamese.

The bamboo ceiling’s loose structure not only provides shade but also helps in maximizing the wind flow through the building. However, it resists some severe storms during the windy season due to the special characteristics. There is a shallow artificial lake sitting right next to the café, that reinforces the natural open space concept which has been established. The combination of bamboo, light, and water has resulted in an amazing creation, which is not to be missed on your next trip to Vietnam.

  1. Warde – Jerusalem, Israel

It is unclear to assign Israel to a continent. However, it geographically belongs to Asia and adds many wonderful landscape architecture projects to this continent. The art installation Warde, which offers a playful and interactive environment, is one typical example. Warde’s eye-catching red flowers have invited people not only to engage with them but also to notice a site which was previously neglected. The beautiful flowers open and close in reaction to people passing by them or whenever a tram arrives. These flowers provide shade at day and light at night by this inflation and deflation mechanism.

 

10 Best Tourist Spots for Landscape Architecture in Asia (part 3)

 

  1. LalaportToyosuTokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a city which seems to never sleep and always amazes not only its inhabitants but also its visitors from any part of the world. Japan’s capital is the successful combination between thousand-year-old cultural heritages and the latest trends. Among Tokyo’s famous tourist spots, located on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, LalaportToyosu is an art and shopping center which offers not only a mall with over 500 museums, shops, and a radio station but also a lot of open spaces. Especially, if you are a landscape architecture lover, its spectacular oceanic adventure offered through a park and public plaza will make you really amazed and surprised.

LalaportToyoso’s entire landscape was designed as an ocean – the ground plane emulates waves, benches are formed as corals, and seating elements imitate islands with a wavy surface. Moreover, there are many relics which remain as a reminder of its history, and many different fountains and water basins for children to play.

  1. The Blue Island – Matsu, Taiwan

Every year, many tourists travel to the beaches of Taiwan at night in order to witness the spectacle of bioluminescent algae. Matsu, a small town of Taiwan, is the home to the art installation The Blue Island by designer Island Chen. This glass box shows the bio-digital installation prototype of a visible ecosystem which recreates the natural habitat of the toxic bioluminescent algae.

The aim of The Blue Island is to act as an educational tool which helps people to understand that the aesthetically pleasing algae have detrimental effects on the marine environments. If you are planning your next trip to East Asia, you should really take the chance to not only enjoy the beautifully glowing waters at night of The Blue Island but also to educate yourself and support the installation as a viable and much safer option for eco-tourism.

10 Best Tourist Spots for Landscape Architecture in Asia (part 2)

  1. Free the Bears Store – Kuang Si Falls, Laos

The international organization “Free the Bears” works to fight against the illegal trade in bears. They also provide a safe sanctuary for rescued bears in the Tat Kuang Si Rescue Centre, Laos PDR. The new store will make this organization be able to sell items to receive the needed donations that help them continue their endless efforts to protect bears in Laos and beyond.

The centre has a simple but special architecture with the bamboo canopy built in conjunction with the local community. It enables visitors not only to see one of Laos’ most endangered species and discover the life and threats of them but also have the opportunity to admire the beautiful and unique landscape architecture of the store.

  1. SCG Headquarters – Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is one of the most favored tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Especially, travelers who prefer harmonious, modern, outstanding landscape architecture should not miss CSG Headquarters in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The well-developed landscape design has bound the disparate companies’ buildings together and has created an attractive and harmonic stage on which to enjoy the environment through a mixture of nature and architecture.

The designers used curved geometry in a simple 3-D design pattern, which was accompanied by the furniture and emphasized by materials, to organize the open space. You can visit CSG Headquarters to enjoy the landscape views of the most powerful Thai companies.

  1. Quzhou Luming Park – Quzhou, China

Every landscape architect must have heard about Quzhou Luming Park, a Chinese hope-giving park by now. Its popularity remains undiminished since its first part was opened in 2015.

Designed by the well-known Turenscape bureau, Quzhou Luming Park shows three design concepts: a productive farming landscape on the fertile soil, minimal intervention to preserve the red sandstone hills, and water resilience to respect the natural water flow in the floodplain. If you plan to travel to China, you should definitely visit and get inspired by its Luming Park.

 

10 Best Tourist Spots for Landscape Architecture in Asia (part 1)

Asia, the world’s biggest continent, seems to also be the most diverse part of the Earth. Therefore, it is not a surprise that there are hundreds of must-see places all over Asia. Although not many of those have the modern landscape architecture, you will find some of the world’s greatest landscape architecture in this list of 10 Asian landscape architecture spots.

  1. Cape Royale Resort – Sentosa, Singapore

Are you bored with lousy hotel gardens? Or do you want to enjoy a special treat while visiting Singapore? Try the Cape Royale Resort garden, which creates a peaceful reality in the middle of the rush of the busy city of Singapore. This resort with beautiful views of the sea is one of Singapore’s greatest tourist attractions. The hotel garden seems to magically connect sculptures, water features, original planting, and differentiated paving.

In the resort, there are a lot of pools in which you can swim, walk, and sunbathe on lounge chairs in shallow water areas. If you do not like to stay in the main garden, you can find your own serene spot under the native trees’ shade. Come and enjoy the high-end landscape architecture at Cape Royal Resort.

  1. Wadi Al Azeiba Park – Muscat, Sultanate of Oman 

Oman is said to be the obvious choice for those who are seeking out the modern face of Arabia while still want to sense its ancient soul. Indeed, this country holds various natural beauty and towns with their traditional charms.

One of these towns is Oman’s capital, Muscat, the home to a well-known park called Wadi Al Azeiba.  The word “wadi” means the gateway for water on storms in the rainy season. The city of Muscat embedded its formerly abandoned wadi into a new park. The ground contains the naturally planted area with walkways below the lawn and palm tree part reaching out to the surrounding neighborhoods. This modern park serves as the city’s new greenway which is central to many hubs of activity and is one of the reasons to visit the beautiful city of Muscat.

TOP CITIES WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE IN EUROPE

Europe is one of the best places for architecture buffs in the world. It is a wonderland for design lovers because it has a rich cultural and architectural history. From the classical styles of the Greek and Roman period to the florid Baroque and Art Nouveau, architecture in Europe contains everything of all taste. Each European city has a distinct look and makes you feel that you can identify each one by how the structures are built. The list of the beautiful cities in Europe is so long, but these are the ones which owe their fame mostly to their landscape architecture.
1. Barcelona, Spain


Have you ever heard of Antoni Gaudi? He is a famous Spanish architect whose works were greatly influenced by nature. And the best place in the world to experience his art is Barcelona. His works have made Barcelona become the center of Modernism. This city is dynamic, creative, and has many delicious foods, too. When you visit Barcelona, don’t miss the dream-like buildings of Gaudi, especially his most famous work, the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands


Amsterdam, Netherlands’ capital, is famous for its canal and boat homes. Along the river, you can find the picturesque houses converted into museums, hotels, and offices. The most excellent way to travel around Amsterdam is walking or driving a bike, that can help you see the canal district and Renaissance architecture that makes Amsterdam so stunning. Just enjoy the cafes by day, the bars by night, and visit some world-class museums in between.
3. Rome, Italy


Rome, the ancient city with Roman ruins, fountains, churches, and squares, will not disappoint any travelers. As a cradle of culture, the city is a typical symbol of Roman architecture, especially the Colosseum, Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Staying everywhere in Rome, you will be surrounded by world-class architecture.
4. Stockholm, Sweden


AS a breathtaking coastal capital spread across 14 islands, with the world’s very first twisting skyscraper, Stockholm offers some of Europe’s most diverse architectural landscapes. It instantly impresses everyone with charming medieval streets, traditionally painted homes, immaculate blooming parks, and vibrant waterfront promenades. It sometimes makes you forget that the city has escaped heavy destruction from war.
5. Venice, Italy


It can be said that Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Just wondering through the city can give you the feeling of the most beautiful architecture in Europe that you’re not likely to see anywhere else. Just ride through the small canals to get a perfect look at Venetian Gothic architecture. Don’t forget to check out Saint Mark’s Basilica, and spend the afternoon in the beautiful Peggy Guggenheim museum.

No Space Balconies Can Be Magical

The city dweller has all the luxuries like entertainment, variety and the energetic pulse all at their doorstep. For most, it is a perfect life, never far from anything and always spoilt for choice, yet the one thing that could be short is a patch of tranquillity, a corner filled with greenery to make the concrete jungle a bit more peaceful.

Balconies are city-tenants escape back to nature, it is what keeps everyone sane in the concrete jungle, and in most cases the balcony is tiny. No matter the size with a bit of planning and a clever layout it could become the most favourite part of city life. The balcony needs to offer the tenant a sense of freedom, a gateway to relaxation and the perfect place to entertain. But with the correct amount of planning and a small investment, your balcony could become your private space, to special to share and a place where you get to escape the hassle and bustle of city life.

Steps Involved in Planning the Perfect Balcony

No matter how big or small the first step in transforming your balcony is considering the exposure to the sun, accessibility, maintenance and water as these are the factors that most affect the style, design and types of plants. It also determines how usable space is and if it could be an extension of your entertainment area or simply a corner of nature. No matter the design its always best to plan it with low-maintenance while keeping it user-friendly.

Grab Your Plan and Visit the Nearest Nursery

Your best advisor is the local nursery. They know best which plants thrive in what conditions. If space is cramped, you could fill it with pots overflowing with herbs or ferns.
Apart from the type of plants, the next most important is the pots or containers as these need to fit the style you have in mind for your garden. Pots could colour coordinate the look you wish for, blue and dark blue could compliment a Greek-Island style, while white is perfect for a zen-type garden, while a more forest-look could be created with natural pots in brown colours.

Maintenance and Accessorizing to Perfect the Balcony Escape

Once the plants are placed space will need to be decorated and furnished with comfortable seating, outdoor rugs and a few colour coded cushions. The furniture needs to fit the space while still leaving enough of an area to comfortably move in. Soft lighting can do wonders for a Zen-type garden, while candles, shells and a glass table will bring an element of nature. If space allows for a small waterfall, it could bring peace to the entire living area if the door is open, if not use small furniture made of glass to create a look of space. Stones are another great way to create a feeling of being outdoors, but in the end, it all starts with the planning and how much you plan to spend.

Best Gardens For People Who Live in the City

While a domestic garden may seem simplistic in name, the roots are much deeper than one would initially assume. For starters, the word domestic is taken from the Sanskrit language. If you break the word down into three parts, the Avestan demana, Damah, and Greek – you will see that domestic means house. Which in turn means a domestic garden is simply a garden what is connected to your home in one way or another.

While domestic gardens have been seen all throughout history. The earliest recorded domestic garden first appeared in ancient Egypt, and it features the similar appearance of a modern domestic garden. The only difference is that the garden which was seen back them only belonged to the rich and royalty, such as the pharaohs. Nowadays, anyone can own a domestic garden and customize it to be filled with your favorite plants as well as adding in walkways and seating areas.

Cottage Garden

The cottage garden has a rich history. When looking at its name, “cote” has a French origin. Then when combined with the English suffix was added in, a cottage became known as a property which is combined to a cote, which is known as a small shelter.

While it is easy to picture what a cottage looks like, it’s a bit harder to place what kind of plants were found in these gardens. The best place to looks is in the Middle Ages were cottages were becoming the norm regarding a living situation. Although there is no record of what sorts of plants were planted, it can be easily assumed that the land was used to sustain life instead of for aesthetic purposes. So, the safest assumption would be that veggies and fruit were commonly planted. Even when certain flowers were planted, such as roses and lilies, they were most likely used for some household reason.

This was the norm until the end of the 19th century was approaching. Guided by the rise of romantic arts which was focused on capturing the beauty, these gardens slowly became cesspools for planting a variety of stunning flowers that would cause anyone to stop to view the beauty. Since them, the cottage garden aesthetic started to bloom and became a commonly found site no matter your social rank.

Even in modern times, certain icons, such as the music legend Bob Dylan admitted that all he wanted in his life was a stunning cottage that had a garden filled with vibrant roses where he could escape to. Which wouldn’t be too hard to create depending on the area of the cottage and the person dedication to growing plants.

Herb Gardens

Herbs are nothing new as growing herbs have been in practice for centuries. No matter the culture, herbs were commonly seen for wither culinary reasons or health-related reasons. There are even reports of herb gardens being grown for pharaohs in ancient Egypt for both of the previously mentioned reasons. While today, hers is grown mainly for medical, culinary, and aesthetic purposes. They are some of the best household pans to keep for those exact reasons and could be the needed touch to make your apartment or home seem more connected to nature.