Ariake Gymnastics Centre

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre

Nutshell

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre offers a very large space in timber frame construction with an exceptionally harmonious atmosphere.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is designed to function in two phases; initially as a Olympic sports facility, it will be converted into a permanent exhibition hall.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is designed to function in two phases; initially as a temporary international sports competition facility, then, after taking out the temporary spectator stands, it will be converted into a permanent exhibition hall.

A unique feature of this facility is its extensive and generous use of timber throughout the building. This is a positive realization of “wooded facilities” and “sustainability” announced in the Tokyo 2020 candidacy file. The material was also selected to express the memory of this district which was once a timber storage pond.

Based on the architectural concept of “a wooden vessel floating in the bay area,” timber is used wherever possible, specifically in the roof frame structure, facade, spectator seats, exterior walls, etc. while carefully considering the characteristics of wood in each application.

Function, structure, and space are tightly combined to achieve beauty and richness in simplicity, which is the essence of Japanese traditional wood architecture.

The arena ceiling is a wood frame structure designed to reduce the weight of the overall structure. The concourse space, where spectators approach the arena, is intentionally placed outdoors. The wood facade takes into account acoustic and thermal insulation properties.

Function, structure, and space are tightly combined to achieve beauty and richness in simplicity, which is the essence of Japanese traditional wood architecture that we hope spectators and athletes from all over the world will experience.  

The site is located in the midst of a vast, wide-open landscape along a canal. Yet the design also needed to take into account the residential environment of the medium-rise and high-rise condominium buildings in the vicinity. The horizontally long and flowing lines were achieved by keeping the building height as low as possible, reducing the overall volume and controlling the height of the eaves.

Lightening the weight of the structure by using wood for the roof is effective for buildings constructed on sites with poor soil conditions.

By positioning the circulation concourse on the outside of the building and creating an open and broad approach space, the design attempts to avoid the impenetrable exterior typically found on large-scale sports facilities created by the monolithic walls.

Lightening the weight of the structure by using wood for the roof is effective for buildings constructed on sites with poor soil conditions. In this project, we adopted a simple structure that uses single members of large glued laminated timber with high heat capacity, rather than trusses consisting of a number of small members, to achieve both fire resistance performance and structural stability.

Japan’s first complex structural system using Timber Beam Strings Structure and Cantilever Trusses created a large wood-frame space that dynamically covers the arena.

Project data

Client

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Address

Ariake Gymnastics Centre
1 Chome-10-1 Ariake,
Koto City
Tokyo 135-0063
Japan

Opening

2020

Photograph

Ken’ichi Suzuki
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Senda di Dragun

Senda dil Dragun in Graubünden

At eye level

The “Senda dil Dragun” is the longest tree-top walk in the world. It combines nature and state-of-the-art technology, in spectacular fashion.

“Senda dil Dragun” in Laax creates a special experience of nature and sensitizes visitors to the forest and its inhabitants on the path created.

Graubünden is home to one of the longest treetop trails in the world. With a length of 1.56 kilometres and a height of 28 metres, the “Senda dil Dragun” is a unique natural experience. A long footbridge leads through the middle of the forest in Laax. Here visitors can experience the spruces, firs and pines of the Laax forest from an unusual perspective at a height of 2 to 28 metres.

Sometimes at eye level with the tops of the mountain forest and in other places close above the forest floor where young trees and ferns grow.

The “Senda dil Dragun” (Dragon Path) has a Rhaeto-Romanic name and its dimensions make it one of the longest treetop paths in the world. Some other trails in the world are longer, but they touch the ground. Not like the path in Laax. Supported on stilts, the Senda dil Dragun floats continuously above the forest floor.

As a filigree structure, Webnet offers great tensioning force and sufficient flexibility.

The project in Laax creates a special experience of nature and sensitizes visitors to the forest and its inhabitants on the path created. Hidden between the trees, the dragon path winds its way through the landscape along as natural a line as possible. In doing so, the path shows consideration for the tree population. Visible from afar are the two ascent towers in Laax Murschetg and Laax Dorf. The towers are 37 and 27 metres high.

For the railings, towers and barrier fences of the tree top walk, the planners of the project were looking for a transparent, lightweight and high-quality element as infill and fall protection.

The stainless steel mesh Webnet fulfils exactly these requirements. As a filigree structure, Webnet offers great tensioning force and sufficient flexibility. The net is weatherproof through all seasons, extremely hard-wearing and requires virtually no maintenance. An ideal solution for the construction of a forest path.

A total of around 3,200 square meters of Webnet were installed. The longest individual Webnet element is around 60 meters long.

Jakob Rope Systems delivered the individual nets to Laax, cut to size. A total of around 3,200 square meters of Webnet were installed there. The longest individual Webnet element is around 60 meters long. All Webnet elements are integrated into round tube frame constructions. The treetop path is also accessible to visitors in winter. In order not to damage the Webnet elements during snow clearing work, protective skirting boards were installed along the railings.

For the integration of the Webnet elements into the overall construction project, Jakob Rope Systems worked together with the architects from Hofmann & Durisch (Flims Dorf). The metal construction work was carried out by the company Ragettli Metallbau AG (Flims Dorf).

 

Project data

Stainless steel mesh

Jakob AG
Dorfstrasse 34
CH – 3555 Trubschachen

Designer

Hofmann + Durisch AG
Via Nova 17
CH – 7017 Flims-Dorf

Operator

Flims Laax Falera

Metallbau

Ragletti Metallbau AG
Via Punt la Reisga 14
Ch – 7017 Flims Dorf

Opening

2021

Photograph

Jakob Rope Systems

Author

Jakob Rope Systems

Address

Senda dil Dragun | Baumwipfelpfad
Via Murschetg
CH – 7032 Laax

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Common Monnem

Common Monnem

Mannheim together

Florian Budke combines architecture, graphic design and typography in his work. He also invents so-called supergraphics.  

Mannheim is not only known for its square city layout and Baroque palace, but also for its diverse citizenry.

Mannheim, a medium-sized city in southwestern Germany, is known for its grid-plan city layout, its baroque palace and its brutalist buildings – but also, and above all, for its ethnically and culturally diverse population. This diverse and colourful mix of people can be experienced, among other places, in Neckarstadt East and Neckarstadt West, two districts northwest of the city centre.

The cultural link between the two neighbourhoods is ALTER, a public space situated next to the Alter Messplatz, which, with its free sports and cultural activities, is a place to meet, pass time and get together.

A graphic has been installed on a sports pitch at ALTER that tries to express all the positive qualities of this community-creating space: a ‘supergraphic’ that seeks to visually represent and strengthen the existing cohesion of the people and its atmosphere.

The project also aims to set a marker for the preservation of public cultural spaces, both within the city and beyond.

The aspect of active togetherness already came into play during the realisation, because several interested people spontaneously followed the public call for help every day.

“Common Monnem – together Mannheim”: The title of the project is composed of the words “Common” and “Monnem”.

The 38-metre-long and 16-metre-wide supergraphic with a total area of over 560 square metres follows a typographic approach. This draws reference from the basic geometric motifs in the poster for 1975 State Garden Show in Mannheim. The iconic skyscrapers overlooking ALTER were also constructed around this time. The oversized lettering “Common” forms the focal point of the graphic. The letters are oriented towards the centre of the pitch – analogous to players who gather together in a circle before a game begins: they hook into each other in a circle and thus form a unit.

The graphic’s connection to its location is also reinforced by the choice of colours. The pink, for example, picks up on the colour of ALTER’s facade, while the green establishes a relationship with the adjacent green space on the banks of the Neckar river. The red, blue and yellow are taken from Mannheim’s city coat of arms.

The intended theme of active togetherness was already present during the realization of this project. Numerous interested people spontaneously responded to the public call for help on a daily basis. Thus, while the super graphic was being created, the declared goal of the project was already being realized: “Common Monnem – Together Mannheim”.

Project data

Design

Florian Budke

Organiser

POW Mannheim e. V.

Team

Heinrich Schmid, MWM Headquarters | Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH, MVV, Montana Cans, Farbenhaus Metzger

Address

Am Alten Messplatz
Dammstr. 1
D – 68169 Mannheim

Opening

2021

Photograph

Marius Heimburger

Author

Florian Budke

 

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L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

Le grand art

Six million visitors in 16 days: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” has also been a commercial success.

No tickets or reservations were required to admire and touch the artwork.

An estimated 6 million people viewed Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961 – 2021 during its 16 days from September 18 through October 3, 2021. The project, realized in partnership with the Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN), in coordination with the City of Paris and with the support of Centre Pompidou, wrapped the Arc de Triomphe monument in 25,000 square meters of recyclable silvery blue fabric and 3,000 meters of recyclable red rope.

The artwork was free and accessible to the public, no tickets or reservations were required to view and touch the temporary work of art. The artwork of Christo and Jeanne-Claude created an exceptional enthusiasm: six million visitors came to admire L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped”.

Like all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s past projects, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped received no public funds or sponsorships, and was entirely funded through the sale of original works of art by Christo, including preparatory studies and collages, models, artworks from the 1950s and 1960s and lithographs. The cost of the project was approximately 14,000,000 Euros (16 million USD). The cost includes planning, engineering, building, staffing, maintenance, and removal of the work of art.

Of the 6 million visitors, an estimated 3.2 million were tourists. This means an approximate 235 million euros in tourism revenue during the 16 days.

More than 1,200 workers contributed to the project, including manufacturers, engineers, building contractors, onsite monitors, and security personnel. The construction team was made up of 140 individuals with 95 climbers, who unfolded the fabric panels on each of the four facades of the Arc de Triomphe from its rooftop terrace.

Over 350 welcome monitors greeted visitors to the artwork and handed out free fabric samples throughout its 16 days. The majority of monitors were from France, however, they represented approximately 20 different nationalities, and languages spoken including French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Bulgarian, Chinese, and Japanese.

According to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, an estimated 6 million Parisians and visitors from around the world experienced L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021 in person and explored the area outside of its perimeter, including shops and restaurants. Of these 6 million, it is estimated that 3.2 million were visitors (tourists staying in the area or day-trippers who spent several hours near to the monument) and 1.1 million were primarily motivated to see the artwork, generating an estimated 235 million euros in tourism revenue during their stays.

The Place de l’Etoile was closed to car traffic for the three weekends of the exhibition and was reserved entirely for pedestrians.

To enable visitors to enjoy L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021 safely and close up, the Place de l’Etoile was closed to vehicular traffic and pedestrianized for the three weekends of the display. This exceptional closure to traffic was organized with the support of the City of Paris and the Préfecture de Police, and enabled over 1.4 million Parisians and visitors to enjoy the artwork car free thanks to the pedestrian perimeter during the weekends.

Deinstallation of L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021, began on October 4 and ended by November 10, 2021. During this time, the interiors and the panoramic terrace of the monument, managed by the CMN, remained open to the public.

As done in all past projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the materials used to create L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will be reused, upcycled, and recycled.

Christo died on 31 May 2020 at his home in New York City. He worked on L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped until the end. The project was realised under the direction of his nephew.

Project data

Artist

Christo und Jeanne-Claude

Client

City of Paris
Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN),

Address

Arc de Triomphe
Pl. Charles de Gaulle
F – 75008 Paris

Opening

2021

Photographer

Wolfgang Volz
André Grossmann
Shunk-Kender

Author

Christo und Jeanne-Claude

  

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Fish Trap House IV

Fish Trap House IV

Beautiful trap

Fish Trap House IV was not only a contribution to the Taiwan Lantern Festival 2020, it also aims to preserve valuable handmade culture.

Fish Trap House IV is a contribution to the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival, which is very spectacular in Taiwan.

Artist Cheng Tsung FENG applies Taiwanese traditional fish traps as the theme of artwork. Invited hundreds of local in Taichung to workshops to learn weaving the art craft of the fish trap. With them hundreds of fish trap was made and hang bamboo sign with their wishes on it. People surround hand by hand unite together. Rewrite the precious art craft which is going to vanish into our memory and body.

Recently, Cheng Tsung FENG was invited to create a lantern in the most fabulous event – Taiwan Lantern Festival. He began a huge collective work plan for this two-week celebration.

During the processing, FENG and his partners drove a truck and went to four farmers’ associations in the festival’s location, Taichung. He found out hundreds of inhabitants who didn’t have any experience for basket weaving. FENG taught them how to weave basket with bamboo and shared the story behind the traditional fish traps.

Feng taught the farmers how to weave baskets and told them the history of traditional fish traps. This is how Fish Trap House IV was born.

They finished over two-hundred basket units and bring these units together in the location. Finally, it became a grand installation art in public.

After the end of the festival, this grand installation art work carefully unpicked and took back to their maker by truck. Each basket unit has their own tag which is written down the wish of maker.

These basket weaving item and invisible craft skills will keep Integrate into their lives. This exposure sparks new ideas and possibilities.

Fish Trap House IV has not only been a contribution to the Lantern Festival 2020, it also aims to preserve this valuable culture.

Those traditional craft lesson became into their own personal experience. It inspired those inhabitants in farmers’ associations to make something new. A number of people said they would make a lampshade, others would make duck cages, and the others would pile up like a Christmas tree with this bamboo basket units.
Cheng Tsung FENG led and taught people making fish trap hand by hand. People reunite together as each unit gathering in site. Expect body experience, there’s no text record to preserve those precious handmade culture.

By this collective work plan, FENG write down these craft originate from Taiwan into our memory. Keep those ancient treasure live in our body for eternity.

Project data

Artist

Cheng Tsung FENG

Team

Coordinator: Yu-Xuan LAI(Ding Yong Culture Creativity Co., Ltd)
Project manager: Wan-Ting CHANG, Jia Jhen HUANG
Curator: Min SU(Netizen Productions)
Artistic Director: Tony CHANG
Executive Director: Chia Chi CHIEN(Love2fruit)
Project Advisor: Wei-Zhen ZHANG
Visual Design: Yu-Hsuan LIAO
Marketing PR: Yu Yu CHOU
Design Assistant: Ming Yu HSIEH, Hsuan Hsuan WU

Address

Taichung
Taiwan

Opening

2020

Photograph

Yi-Hsien LEE (YHLAA)

Author

Cheng Tsung FENG

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Gissi Sports Hall

The Gissi Sports Hall

A good argument

The recreational offer of small community is important to prevent the urban exodus. The Gissi sports hall is a good example.

With the construction of the Gissi Sports Hall, the municipality has sent a strong signal against the urban exodus.

Gissi lies in the hilly landscape of the Provincia di Chieti on the edge of the Apennine Mountains. With just over two and a half thousand inhabitants, the Italian municipality is quite manageable and also very old – even the Romans settled in the area, which is shaped by vineyards and fruit and olive trees. Wine lovers particularly appreciate the area since the grapes for the popular Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grow here.

But like almost all small towns in central and southern Italy, it is not easy to get residents to stay. To make a change here, the municipality decided to build a multi-purpose hall primarily used as a playground and gymnasium, as well as renovating the outdoor areas and creating a football pitch made of artificial turf.

The new sports hall takes a central position in the public life of Gissi. It is clearly visible from the town hall, the stadium and the swimming pool.

The architects of Beatrice Comelli architetto have divided the volume into two levels. The entrance level is open and transparent. It was clad with polycarbonate, which has an enormous signalling effect when illuminated. The pitch level, on the other hand, was lowered and is made of concrete.

Now volleyball, basketball, skating and social events are part of the Gissi community’s offerings. 

This building project was also urgently needed because there had previously been no gymnasium at all, meaning that the sports facilities were not sufficient either for primary or secondary school pupils living in the village, nor for the public and particularly not for the local volleyball team. It is part of the ASD Sportland association, which was founded in 2010 with the aim of providing the residents of Gissi with more sporting and social opportunities – including volleyball, basketball, skating, and summer activities for children and young people.

To make way for the new multi-purpose hall, an older part of the middle school building was demolished and replaced by the new sports hall.

We contributed to the redesign by supplying a two-tone Polytan Indoor GYM Point surface in blue and ochre. This point-elastic indoor sports floor is flexible and therefore shock-absorbent, which is especially important for children’s and school sports, but also for amateur and recreational sports.

The equipment of the sports areas underlines the distinctly harmonious effect of the Gissi sports hall.

In front of the hall, we have also installed a LigaGrass Pro artificial turf pitch, which is suitable for multi-functional use. The LigaGrass Pro filament with its triangular cross-section ensures even greater fibre stability and gives the turf more volume and structure. As a crimped Polytan artificial turf system, the LigaGrass Pro also features BiColour colouring.

Gissi’s new multi-purpose hall, which was officially opened on 14 September 2020, is intended to be a place for sporting activities, but also to serve as a meeting place and space for cultural, educational and leisure activities that promote integration and social cohesion in the community.

The hall was built with the help of funding from the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Italian Sports Credit Institute. It is also handicapped-accessible in line with CONI standards for sports facilities, and features an entrance ramp at the main door, for example.

Project data

Architects

Beatrice Comelli architetto
Via Manin 6/4
I – 33100 Udine

Gaspari Carlo Architetti
Via Fedele Romani, 11
I – 65123 – Pescara

 

Client

Gissi Community

Pitches

POLYTAN GMBH
Gewerbering 3
D – 86666 Burgheim

Address

Palestra Comunale Polivalente
Via dello Stadio 1
I – 66052 Gissi CH

Opening

2020

Photograph

Beatrice Comelli

Author

Polytan

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