IAKS, IOC and IPC award international architecture prizes - Prize-giving ceremony on 22 October 2013 in Cologne

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) have honoured this year’s winners of their international architectural awards for sports and leisure facilities with a gala event. The prize-giving ceremony took place during the 23rd IAKS Congress in conjunction with FSB – International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities – on 22th October 2013 in Cologne.

Photos of the Award Ceremony on flickr

A jury with international personalities honoured three projects with IOC/IAKS Gold Medals, five with Silver, twelve with Bronze and argued for three Special Prizes. Five participants were awarded with an IPC/IAKS Distinction. The winning entries come from 13 countries worldwide.

The prizes were handed out by IAKS President Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, IPC President Sir Philip Craven and IOC Executive Board Member Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu.

Von Gerkan, Marg and Partner from Hamburg (gmp) are the most successful architects of this year’s competition. They designed Bao’An Stadium in Shenzhen, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (both awarded a Gold medal) and Stadium Naradowy in Warsaw (Bronze).

The London Olympic and Paralympic sports facilities achieved success as well. They won five prizes in total, among them two IPC/IAKS Distinctions for their outstanding offerings to persons with a disability.

The IOC/IAKS Award is the only international architecture competition for sports and leisure facilities. This year 95 teams of operators and designers from 30 countries took part in the IOC/IAKS Award.

The IPC/IAKS Distinction is aimed at increasing the accessibility of all sports facilities and architectural projects in order to give opportunities to persons with a disability to practise and view sport freely and without barriers. For the IPC/IAKS Distinction, 31 entries have been received.

This year, the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS also launched the second Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals on innovative designs and concepts for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. This award aims at young architects and designers currently studying architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and general design, and at young professionals being in their first 2 years of their professional practice.

A total of 30 entries from 20 countries have been submitted. The jury awarded one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal.