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 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.

The Voices Behind the Blasen Landscape Architecture

As modern landscape architecture is becoming popularised in everyday homes – certain designers, such as Blasen Landscape Architecture, are being highly sought out due to their stunning work. The company was founded in 1993, and they are currently based in San Anselmo, California. While they do create stunning landscape architecture for homes, their work can also be found at various workshops, schools., and high-profile corporate offices.

Gardens of Tomorrow

The Blasens – Eric and Silvina, are some of the most thoughtful creators in the landscape architecture industry. This is shown by their array of clients who range from the everyday homeowner to billionaires prevalent in Hollywood. Recently, their garden collection has gained more attention, and they decided to personally CommNet of the thoughts regarding their work. Silvina compared gardens to a meditation area where people can just reflect and escape or a while. She then goes on to add how she is proud that their work respects nature and instead of changing it – they just add more beauty to the preexisting one. Eric continued that sustainability is the core idea of every project. On the Blasen official website – they feature some of their top work and shows how the instead try to incorporate natural changes to the environment instead of completely changing it for the client. Each work features a vast amount of greenery, nature, and beautiful additions.

The Blasen Landscape Architecture Process


The landscape architecture company follows a series of five steps for each one of their projects: sustainability, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration. No matter the project, each one of these steps are closely followed and thoroughly checked for any issues to assure that the result will be idea.

Sustainability

In this step – the designers take a closer look at the location and any unique features. This allows them to create stunning landscape architecture choices that will flow beautifully with the land and any surrounding areas. Due to the Blasen’s deep care for the environment, having this step in their design and creation process will allow them to have minimal overall disturbances to the natural land. Plus, the company are current members of the United States Green Building Council – which proves their dedication to their work and its impact on the natural environment.

Schematic design

This step is filled with other internal steps, but the overall idea is to meet with the clients, discuss ideas, begin the process of measuring and accessing the land and the estimated cost of the project. Finally, they meet with a final presentation to the planning department to make sure everything is going to be approved and to squish any misunderstandings.

Design development

During this step, the company begins the process of allocating all the desired and needed materials to begin the process of creating the landscape architecture. This step is usually filled with professional emails and phone calls between suppliers and the Blasen company.

Construction documentation

This step in the process detail outlines for other aspects of the landscape project, such as layout plans, planting plans, lighting plans, etc. After the plans are created, the company and other consultants in charge of certain parts of the plans will discuss and iron out any issues before beginning the building process.

Construction administration

This step is prominent in the actual process of building. This step entails another review of the plans and contracts before the building takes place, pre-demolition, occasion site visits to assure productivity and correctness, and a final site inspection to check for any possible issues.

The Rehabilitation of Detroit’s Waterfront

The Rehabilitation of Detroit’s Waterfront is set to get a makeover as the city works to re-establish itself and return itself to the days when people lived, worked and enjoyed the city. Twenty-two acres of prime riverfront in Detroit will soon become its new front yard so to speak as revitalization gets underway. The riverfront spans 5.5 miles and is in the eastern part of the city.

Currently, over 3 miles of the new Riverwalk has been completed and along it features spaces for events such as entertainment, cultural locations, hotels and parks as well as sculpture gardens. The areas is located in the more stable areas of the city, however, prior to the revitalization project, the park was barren with little offered. It’s previously housed a large warehouse owned by the Detroit Free Press that was torn down after being purchased by the Conservancy in 2014, who then installed a temporary park.

The Revitalization Project

The process towards this areas revitalization has been a community affair with both local and professional input being critical to the process. The conservancy accessed the expertise of area residents to help with its design and the spaces they would like to see. Many of those providing input traveled to other city waterfronts to see what become of the space with trips to Chicago, New York, Boston and others. Once all information was collected, and input received, the design process began.

The plan is to include a variety of pavilions along the waterfront to accommodate various social activities such as those for children and seniors. The goal is to create an urban environment that is considered cutting-edge and becomes a draw to the city to generate interest for companies to open businesses and people to choose Detroit as their home city. The pavilions will include pools for swimming lessons and playgrounds so as to create a multi-generational space that all can enjoy and be proud of.

Park to Include Pier for Fishing, Hiking Trails and Beach


The master plan will include a fishing pier, not a common inclusion in most urban planning initiatives. Also expected is a large 3-acre playground that will provide space by the beach for sports and other activities. The fishing pier will face out onto the river, and its topography will have dunelike areas that act as a floating stage of sorts.

The plan is being dubbed “Seedling Park” as the city works to clean up its tarnished images as an unsafe city littered with abandoned houses and high crime rates. The park will be completed in three stages, the first of those will include the creation of large green plant walls that will be used to help educate the public on the importance of living green in an urban area. The other remaining stages will focus on the construction of the planned inclusions and buildings as well as the pier and playground. It also will see the addition of an amphitheater as well as pedestrian paths that connect to various areas of the city.

The Landscape Architecture of California Academy of Sciences

The Landscape Architecture of California Academy of Sciences

The building of California Academy of Sciences is nestled on the vast Golden Gate Park of South Francisco. It has become a mixture of different wings that dates back during the year 1916. The original structure is still standing up to this day. There have been some notable changes on the architectural design over the past few years such as the glass trellis that has been implanted with solar cells. Last 2008, the new building of the Academy which was designed by Renzo Piano, a renowned architect, has been opened to the public. The landscape architecture design of the place has astonished various visitors from all over the world.

An Overview of the California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

The new structure has the same colour, height, and size of the old building. It still highlights the flat, white wall of concrete. The whole structure has been intended to become energy efficient and was designed to house a new scientific lab, planetarium, aquarium, and museum. Due to the damage that the structure acquired last 1989 due to the Loma Prieta earthquake and the decreasing number of visitors, the authority believes that the structure requires to be updated.

Perhaps the structurally astonishing and most renowned part of this structure is basically invisible when you are on the ground. The living field that has been sculpted into valley and hills above the structure symbolises the commitment of the organisation in saving the resources of the planet with its green design.

A Simple Yet Functional Design

Minimising the design is definitely a great decision. It provides an opportunity to be creative in designing the form of the structure. The architecture proves that he has the capacity to go beyond the standard rational shape and take advantage of the psychological, cultural, and natural sources. The concept of the roof is exceptionally beautiful. The swelling surface of the roof acts as a natural ventilation system of the area. This dramatically decreases the need of the place to have an air conditioning unit. The landscape architectural design on the building creates an ecosystem that supports insects and bird life.

The roof of the California Academy of Sciences resembles a carpet of greeneries that has cloaked the basketball. Perhaps some of the major exhibit in that building includes the balls under the carpet that forms a sphere. Besides the roof of the building, architectural landscape of the area does not literally draw attention, but it is truly functional. The concrete walls have the capacity to absorb heat during the day and slowly release the heat during the cold night. The positioning of the windows is also designed in a way that it will receive air naturally.

Some of the part of the old structure has been recreated such as the African Centre. You will still notice the classic design of the vaulted structured that was originally too damaged that the management can no longer preserve them. The new room has been designed with the old concept but with the latest and premium materials.