aquanale & FSB 2021

aquanale and FSB

Re-Start

Spanning in total around 65,000 m² of exhibition space, FSB and aquanale, turn the fair grounds in Cologne into the “place to be”.

FSB will take place from 26 to 29 October 2021 in co-location with aquanale.

FSB, the International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities, which kicks off in Cologne in less than eight weeks, is all set to go. The leading international trade fair for the industry will play a key role in successfully relaunching the market and is a must for anyone wanting to achieve success in the play, sports, public space and leisure sectors.

Only here do all industry players get a comprehensive overview of what’s new: the latest technologies, product innovations, process optimisations and visionary planning. The #B-Safe4Business hygiene concept and the new 3-G concept, CH3CK, which requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, or have recovered from an infection within the last six months (but at least 28 days ago), or test negative for Covid, will ensure that all participants are completely safe.

Around 270 companies from 35 countries will be exhibiting at FSB, which this year will cover approximately 37,000 sqm in Halls 9 and 10.1 of the Cologne trade fair grounds. More than 70 per cent of the exhibitors are from abroad. The strongest international presences come from France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Spain, the USA, Turkey and the Scandinavian countries. The exhibiting companies cover everything relating to public spaces, playground equipment, outdoor fitness, ice sports, sports equipment, sports flooring and stadium infrastructure.      

Around 180 companies from 25 countries will be exhibiting at aquanale.

Around 180 companies from 25 countries will be exhibiting at aquanale, which this year will cover approximately 24,000 sqm. 58 per cent of the exhibitors are from abroad.

Around 180 companies from 25 countries will be exhibiting at aquanale, which this year will cover approximately 24,000 sqm. 58 per cent of the exhibitors are from abroad.

This is where German and international trade fair visitors from specialised pool construction companies, local authorities, water parks, architect’s and planning offices, hotels, day spas, gyms, sanitary, heating and air-conditioning companies as well as premium private visitors can inform themselves. 

Spanning in total around 65,000 m² of exhibition space, FSB and aquanale, turn the fair grounds in Cologne into the “place to be”.

Spanning in total around 65,000 square metres of exhibition space, both events, FSB and aquanale, turn the fair grounds in Cologne into the most important location for amenity area planning and design, the architecture and management of sports facilities, playgrounds, sports equipment, exercise areas, recreational facilities, as well as the public and private pool sectors.

With IAKS, the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities, as its conceptual partner, and with FIFA, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) and its EMEA branch (ESTC), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH), STADTundRAUM and the Sportnetzwerk @FSB network also on board, FSB enjoys the backing of many associations and cooperation partners, all of whom have plenty to offer both in terms of sports and additional content matter over numerous dedicated exhibition areas. The world-renowned IAKS Congress, along with further congresses and specialised events underline the significance of FSB as the leading international trade fair for the industry. 

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The main programme theme for the IAKS Congress 2021 is “Developing healthy and sustainable communities”.

The IAKS Congress will be taking place as part of FSB for the 27th time this year. The main programme theme for the IAKS Congress 2021 is “Developing healthy and sustainable communities”, providing an opportunity to explore how local authorities can create the right conditions for healthy and sustainable lifestyles for citizens. Congress sessions will focus on issues like “Climate change and environmental sustainability”, operational solutions (“Digitalisation and future trends”), and the social sustainability of sports and leisure facilities.

In addition, IOC, IPC and IAKS will once again confer the coveted international architecture prizes in 2021. The awards draw the public’s attention to exemplary buildings and facilities that succeed in bringing the factors sustainability and legacy, clear functionality and exceptional architecture into harmony with each other. 86 teams of operators and architects from 25 countries are vying for the awards this year. Furthermore, the IOC IPC IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals invites young architects, landscape architects and designers to conceive inventive spaces and surfaces for an active lifestyle. 44 students and career entrants from 12 countries have submitted their design concepts here.

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nternational Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities

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Koelnmesse
Messeplatz 1
D – 50679 Köln

aquanale

International Trade Fair for Sauna.Pool.Ambience

Opening

26.10.2021

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aquanale & FSB 2021

FSB and aquanale

Place to be

On 26 October 2021, the moment will finally have arrived once again: German and international trade fair participants will gather for the co-located events aquanale and FSB in Cologne.

FSB and aquanale stand for the restart of the entire industry.

On 26 October 2021, the moment will finally have arrived once again: German and international trade fair participants will gather for the co-located events aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna.Pool.Ambience, and FSB, the International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities. For four days, the two trade fairs will be devoted to repositioning the entire international

sports and leisure industry, and they will play a decisive role in a successful relaunch for the sectors involved.

After more than one and a half years of digital meetings, the message from all the industry partners is that a face-to-face gathering in Cologne is essential. “The co-located events aquanale and FSB will certainly be different this year, but the important thing is that both leading industry trade fairs will provide lasting impetus for future development. And that is exactly what everyone wants and needs.” says Matthias Pollmann, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse.

At aquanale, not only the private but also the public swimming pool sector is well represented.

At aquanale, around 180 companies from 25 countries will present the latest products and designs for modern, sustainable and innovative swimming pool and wellness facilities. They will be joined by the leading member companies of the bsw (German Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness), which oversees aquanale’s event programme for industry professionals as the trade fair’s conceptual sponsor.

Key international industry players will also appear at the trade fair to showcase their innovative products to visitors from Germany and abroad. 

Both the private and public pool sectors will be well represented. In addition, the EWA Village will provide an additional attractive networking platform for all industry participants in the entrance area to Hall 8. The halls have been carefully planned to incorporate all the aquanale theme worlds into a clearly structured layout. aquanale will occupy the modern north halls (Halls 7 and 8) of the Cologne trade fair grounds in 2021.

Around 270 companies from 35 countries will exhibit at FSB, occupying roughly 35,000 square metres of gross exhibition space.

Around 270 companies from 35 countries will exhibit at FSB, occupying roughly 35,000 square metres of gross exhibition space in Halls 10.1 and 9. They will present the full spectrum of issues in the fields of public space, playground equipment, outdoor fitness, sports equipment, sports surfaces and stadium infrastructure.

FSB’s conceptual sponsor and most important partner is IAKS, the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities. This year, the organisation will once again host the internationally renowned IAKS Congress as part of the trade fair.

Further key partners include FIFA and ESTC (the EMEA Synthetic Turf Council), who are looking forward to meeting their members and partner organisations at the trade fair in Cologne, as well as the BSFH (Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), IAKS Germany and the Deutsche Eishockey Verband (German Ice Hockey Federation). 

Together with the sports network @ FSB, the trade fair will once again this year transform the indoor stadium into a platform for stimulating face-to-face networking with leading representatives from sports, local authorities and the industry.

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The hall planning accommodates all necessary measures and official requirements for the protection of exhibitors and visitors

Both trade fairs have excellent connections to local public transport and the network of motorways around Cologne via Entrances East and North. All the halls are linked via a straightforward route, thereby ensuring an even distribution of visitors across the trade fair halls. The existing restaurant and resting areas in the halls are being extended with additional space to ensure the social distancing rules can be adhered to.

The hall planning accommodates all necessary measures and official requirements for the protection of exhibitors and visitors. Koelnmesse has created the best prerequisites for an interesting and safe trade fair experience with its safety and hygiene concept, #B-SAFE4business.

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FSB

International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities

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Koelnmesse
Messeplatz 1
D – 50679 Cologne

aquanale

International Trade Fair for Sauna.Pool.Ambience

Opening

26.10.2021

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Grugapark Essen

The Grugapark health trail in Essen

Getting fit is just a bonus

A course for everyone in a park for everyone.

The city of Essen has succeeded in creating contemporary exercise opportunities for the young and the old – and all in the fresh air.

The Grugapark Essen was created to mark the first Great Ruhr Horticultural Exhibition (Gruga) in 1929. After destruction during the war, reconstruction and expansion, the Federal Garden Show 1965 was held here, among other events.

In 2012, the City of Essen developed the “Grugapark 2020 Park Development Concept” to offer contemporary exercise opportunities for young and old – all in the fresh air and in a protected space

The centrepiece of this project is the “health trail”, featuring twelve different stations. The exercise course, the largest of its kind, is from playfit.

On the “health trail”, interested people of all ages can enhance their vitality and motor skills with a high fun factor.

The goal of the Park Development Concept is “more movement for young and old”. To this end, a very impressive circular path has been created in the Grugapark, linking twelve stations. People of all ages can now test and boost their vitality and motor skills along this “health trail” in a playful and fun way.

In addition to seven stations with a variety of different challenges, the Grugapark now also features five equipment courses. The playfit® training course consists of 17 pieces of equipment. This makes it the largest and most diverse location within the park.   

Promoting health ” quite incidentally” is the basic idea behind the offers in the Grugapark. This works very well.

The Grugapark is located close to the city centre, right next to Messe Essen (Essen Trade Fair). Covering around 60 hectares, the park is used for local recreation, as a place for play and sport and is also a venue for events. There are also lots of different species of animals, and one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in Germany can be found here.

And by the way: Here, you can do a lot of good things for your health. This subtle message is the basic idea behind the new offerings: All of them are aimed at all visitor and user groups, such as children, senior citizens and people with different handicaps.

The playfit training course is the largest of a total of twelve stations on the health trail.

The playfit training course is the second of a total of twelve stations on the health trail. Here, all parts of the body can be trained in a targeted or playful way – as balance, strength and endurance training.

The 17 pieces of equipment also promote flexibility and bounce. Some of them, such as the wheelchair trainer, the Duplex shoulder trainer or the arm bike, are also designed for use by wheelchair users, marking an important contribution to inclusion.

Massage and fascia training are on offer on several pieces of equipment to help visitors relax. This is especially popular for a tense back and tired legs.

All the focal points of the health trail are brought together at one place in the playfit training course.

The health trail is divided into different themes: “Balancing and equilibrium”, “Motor skills and coordination”, “Strength training and muscle building” and “Endurance and circulation”.

All these focal points are brought together in one place in the playfit training course. Several pieces of equipment are available for each of the areas. Instructions can be found on the equipment as well as on information signs. A display board featuring safety instructions explains how to use the equipment correctly.

After training, the kiosk right next door offers refreshments and ample seating under shady umbrellas. Sanitary facilities are also nearby.

The individual stations are easy to find and yet secluded enough to allow for sufficient privacy during training.

The other four equipment courses in the Grugapark each offer two or three pieces of equipment, where the focus can be on balance, coordination, strength or endurance.

There is a wide range of activities at the other seven stations: A Kneipp facility, a barefoot path, a low ropes course, a calisthenics facility, a rope rocker, a swivel disc and a graduation house for breathing training.

The locations of the individual stations have been carefully selected. They are easy to find, and yet secluded enough that there is always enough privacy. This helps push anyone who might normally be a little shy, and means more spontaneous users. In addition, there are joggers, walkers and strollers who make full use of the park and the playfit training course by making them part of their training programme.

playfit training courses make an important contribution to health promotion and inclusion – also in the Grugapark.

The idea of linking all the new exercise opportunities via a circular route is logical, and it works. The offerings take into account people’s increasing need for more health and exercise opportunities, and are equally appealing to all generations of visitors.

The health trail in the Grugapark, and the playfit training course in particular, play an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle and inclusion.

The Grugapark is visited by almost one million people a year. Since the opening of the first stations along the health trail in 2014, the number of visitors has been increasing significantly. A job well done!

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Parcours

playfit GmbH
Brauerknechtgraben 53
D – 20459 Hamburg

Client

Stadt Essen

Address

Grugapark Essen
Virchowstraße 167
D – 45147 Essen

Opening

2016

Photograph

Martin Michalak Fotografie
Weidenhagen 33
D – 44869 Bochum

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Haikou Bay Pavillon

Ambitious

Haikou Bay Pavillon

 

 

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Situation

Sou Fujimoto Architects has released its design for the Haikou Bay Pavillion by the Seaside development in Haikou, China, which will be completed by the end of spring.

Haikou is an up-and-coming industrial city with 1.7 million inhabitants on Hainan, China’s largest island, in the very south of the country. With its tropical climate and beach resorts, Haikou attracts many people from other provinces. Traditional China can only be seen in the old town, the rest of the city centre is dominated by high-rise buildings.

Haikou Bay master plan

Shaping the future of Haikou city and Hainan Free Trade Port, Haikou Bay Pavillion is part of the Haikou Bay master plan. The plan re-imagines 16 permanent destinations for the future of coastal living.

The master plan spans over 32km of waterfront – 19.6 km coastline in Haikou Bay and 12.5 km coastline in Jiangdong New Area. Introduced in June of 2020, the master plan transforms Hainan Province, an island at the southernmost point of the country, into a free trade port by the middle of the century.”

Who is who

The ribbon-like white Haikou Bay Pavillion with an accessible roof will be one of the first public waterfront interventions to be completed in the spring of 2021.

All 16 pavilions are expected to be ready by the end of 2021. Working across disciplines to create distinctive interventions, other architectural participants include Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Kengo Kuma, Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Stefano Boeri, Thomas Heatherwick, Winy MAAS (MVRDV), Liu Jiakun, and Zhu Xiaodi.

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Architect

Sou Fujimoto Architects
Senju Soko No.5
2-1-38 Etchujima
Koto-ku
JPN – Tokyo 135-0044

Client

Haikou Tourism and Culture Investment Holding Group.

Author

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Opening

2021

Physical address

Haikou Bay
Xiuying
CN – Haikou, China

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Loop of Wisdom

Put a ring on it

Loop of Wisdom in Chengdu

 

 

 

Powerhouse Company

About

Living up to the suggestiveness of its name, the Loop of Wisdom embodies a timeless architectural concept. Powerhouse Company’s design for a technology museum and reception center for a new neighborhood in Chengdu, China, is much more than an exuberant landmark.

In addition to its obvious aesthetic appeal and cultural program, the fluid structure incorporates a spectacular public space – an undulating rooftop trail. This addition makes the Loop of Wisdom an accessible icon, rather than a remote beacon. It invites people to explore it and make it part of their regular walking or jogging routine.

Put a ring on it

The client, chip manufacturer and real estate specialist Uni-Hiku, asked Powerhouse Company to design the museum and reception center as part of its new development, Unis Chip City, in the vibrant metropolis of Chengdu.

The new buildings would also function as a technology education center as well as an information center for the new city development.

Topography

During the site visit, the architects noticed the natural undulation in the terrain, a very subtle and soft hill. Normally in Chinese development these natural hills are leveled.

Powerhouse Company decided instead to use the topography as the basis for a unique design that would bring an organic softness to the urban environment. By shaping a circular path that follows the topography, the two separate programmatic entities are combined in one single structure.

As the path rises up to make space for the program, it becomes a roof offering stunning views over the new development. The new building becomes a path and architecture at the same time, while allowing nature to continue around, under and within the form of the structure.

The red road

The rooftop walkway measures 698 meters around, rising 25 meters from its ground level access to offer spectacular views of the surrounding greenery and distant mountains.

Its surface is rubber asphalt – the material used for athletics tracks – making the path suitable for runners as well as walkers. Red was chosen for the color for the roof because of the striking contrast it makes with the lush green of the landscape.

Above the track

Above the track, the rooftop surface is composed of custom aluminium tiles. 15,218 of these, each with its own unique profile and numeric code, form a seamless skin for the serpentine shape.

The LED lights that illuminate the building at night and functional elements including gutters and handrails are all carefully concealed from sight, resulting in the streamlined profile that enhances the loop’s elegant simplicity and flowing lines.

Beneath the roof

Beneath the red roof, the exhibition spaces have a warm, natural atmosphere, created by wooden ceilings and open views of the surrounding landscape.

The facades are structurally glazed to a height of 13 meters with glass reinforcement fins. This transparency blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors, again enhancing the connection with nature.

A bold new landmark

Located in the Tianfu New District of Chengdu in Sichuan, Unis Chip City is one of several developments springing up along the Tianfu Avenue. Situated next to this major artery, the Loop of Wisdom commands attention with its flowing form and vibrant red color.

At night, LED lighting transforms it into a glowing sculpture. As the first completed building in the new development, it acts as a symbolic landmark for the future community and as a magnet for attracting future residents.

Chinese rapidity

The entire Loop of Wisdom building, including the interior design and landscape design, was built with true Chinese rapidity: It took under a year to complete from design to construction. The design itself went from sketch to blueprint in a matter of days, thanks to the use of advanced parametric drafting software that was linked to the architects’ BIM model.

The six-hour time difference between Powerhouse Company’s head office in Rotterdam and the site in China allowed for efficient communication, with both parties touching base at the start and end of their respective days.

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Project data

Architect

Powerhouse Company
Westerlaan 17
NL – 3016 CK Rotterdam

Chengdu JZFZ Architectural Design Co.Ltd.

Project team

Stijn Kemper, Nanne de Ru, Project lead Niels Baljet, Project team Rui Wang, Albert Takashi Richters, Maarten Diederix, Meagan Kerr, Remko van der Vorm, Daan Masmeijer, Michiel Bosch, Niek Koning, Stavros Voskaris, Filip Galić, Severino Iritano, Davide del Sante, Reto Egli, Penny Uni, Dries Brøns, Caroline Desplan, Eli Keijser, Gert Ververs, Giovanni Andrea Coni, Rafael Zarza Garciá, Yanni Huang, Kimi Fei

Client

Uni-Hiku

Opening

2020

Photograph

Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Author

Powerhouse Company

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Salinenpark

Without much fanfare

The fitness trail in the Salinenpark in Bad Rappenau

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playfit

About

The Salinenpark in Bad Rappenau is located on the site of the former Rappenau salt factory. Its redesign with a fitness trail and other attractions greatly enriches what the spa town in the Kraichgau region between Heilbronn and Heidelberg has to offer.

The saltworks were closed in 1972, and the boiling houses were demolished a year later. In its place, the Salinenpark with spacious lawns and abundant trees was created. On the occasion of the 2008 State Garden Show, the grounds were fundamentally renovated and redesigned.

Today’s highlights include the new outdoor fitness equipment. They were installed in early summer 2019 and come from playfit.

Fitness course

The new fitness course is thus another attraction of the park. It also creates accessible and intergenerational offerings in the open air – and that alone is a huge attraction in times of pandemic.

Quite independently of sporting and physical conditions and ambitions, the equipment selected for the Salinenpark appeals to a huge user group.

That was also the plan. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists, among others, were therefore consulted in the selection of the equipment in order to be able to meet the needs of as many athletes as possible.

Concept

The equipment in the fitness course of the Salinenpark combines many advantages.

They are designed to attract adults of different ages and talents. This also includes those who just want to “get a taste” without having to sign up at the gym straight away.

For this target group, devices that are easy to use and safe are needed. The playfit equipment meets all the requirements of the DIN EN 16630:2015 safety standard for outdoor site-based fitness equipment.

The floor of the course is always important. After the persons responsible had bad experiences with a sandstone floor, they now decided on a floor made of shell limestone. Fall protection mats were laid under the calisthenics facility.

Equipment

Eight new and attractive fitness machines are now available to visitors in the Salinenpark. The renewal had become necessary because the old system was getting on in years. After less than a month of construction, the new fitness trail was ceremoniously opened.

The new course is divided into three training areas: endurance, strength and free training. In the endurance area, there are leg exercisers, full-body exercisers, and a sit-up bike. To strengthen the chest and back muscles, upper torso trainers are ideal for pulling and pressing. The back massager loosens the trained muscles and can also be used to strengthen the leg muscles.

The free training area offers a facility for calisthenics as well as a balance trainer.

Users

Young and old alike can keep fit in the course. For older people who can no longer exercise so well with their own body weight, there is the seated ergometer (seated bicycle). The counterpart for the younger generation is the whole-body trainer (Ergo-Cross).

There are also many joggers in the Salinenpark. They use the calisthenics equipment as an intermediate station and train on the wall bars, the hand-over-hand ladder, and the two horizontal bars.

Those who have had enough exercise can relax on the park benches. If you don’t want to train at all, you can watch from here – just watching is enough to work up an appetite…

Salinenpark

In addition to the fitness trail, the Salinenpark has a lot more to offer – for example, the gardens, which are attractive in every season. They are dedicated to the theme of “salt, brine and health” with perennials and grasses. The more than 1,000 m² largest alternating flower bed in the colours red, white, and black symbolises the former salt production in Bad Rappenau.

Another attraction are the rose gardens that have been laid out along the historic buildings of the spa and clinic administration and the “House of Health”.

There is a labyrinth of lavender on the southern slope of the garden. From here, a path lined with magnolias leads to the graduation tower. This is a kind of open-air inhalatorium, where medicinal brine trickles over sloe brushwood, evaporates, and enriches the air with salt.

Meeting place

The entire fitness trail area also functions as a meeting place – and magnificently so. Here you can often see several generations motivating and supporting each other. Or even just sit on the bench and watch each other (or others).

Studies have proven the positive effects of fitness trails, especially on older people who are not particularly ambitious in terms of sports. This applies to both physical fitness and mental well-being.

Conclusion

The exercise trail in the Salinenpark is also described by its users as a “village fountain”, where nice and friendly people always meet and find each other without much fanfare.

This is appealing not only to visitors, spa guests, and patients of the neighbouring spa and rehabilitation clinics but also to the residents of Bad Rappenau itself.

A fitness trail with intergenerational offerings in the open air is a gift – especially in times of the pandemic. Fitness equipment of the future.

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Project data

Fitness Course

playfit GmbH
Brauerknechtgraben 53
D-20459 Hamburg

Client

City of Bad Rappenau

Physical address

Salinenpark
Salinenstraße 28,
D – 74906 Bad Rappenau

Opening

2019

Photograph

Playfit
Hans-Peter Schmitt

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Lahofer Winery

Cultural Centre

Lahofer Winery

 

 

 

Chybik + Kristof Architects

About

Bringing together a longstanding wine tradition and contemporary wine-making processes, Lahofer Winery in the Czech Republic houses a visitor center, tasting room and rooftop amphitheater alongside its production facilities.

Immersed in the landscape through a subtle symbiosis with the surrounding vines, the design invites local and international visitors to both experience and engage with Moravian culture.

Lahofer Winery was designed and built by Chybik + Kristof Architects & Urban Designers.

Organisation

Nestled in the Moravian countryside, the winery fuses the region’s longstanding wine tradition with a contemporary design rooted in community-building and engagement with local and international visitors.

Emulating archetypal wine cellars of the region, the vaulted structure rests on a grid of arched beams housing three distinct interconnected structures.

The production facility, reflective of modern wine-making processes, lies beside the visitor center and tasting room. Acting as a mirror of its shape, the notable undulant roof serves as an amphitheater for cultural events open to the public, merging the winery into the ground – and the culture – on which it rests.

Legacy

Chybik + Kristof’s project finds its roots in the legacy of the Lahofer Winery – one grounded in a storied cultural heritage and a profound respect for the natural environment. Responding to Moravia’s topography and architectural tradition, rooted in the culture of wine, the architects conceive a design in symbiosis with the region’s landscape.

Reminiscent of the region’s characteristic arched wine cellars, a colonnade of vaulted beams frames the interior space into its storied curve.

Roof

On its exterior side, draping the winery, an undulant roof acts as an inclined open-air amphitheater and cultural venue. Lightening the volume of the building as it rests on the fertile soil, below lie three separate spaces – each attributed with a distinct function, they share a constant concern for the adjoining nature.

Cellar

Towered by the concave roof of the amphitheater, the space unfolds into a vast cellar, embracing the design of archetypal Czech wineries defined by the exposed rib construction of the arches.

Each reinforced concrete arch is individually designed to fit a specific angle of the ceiling, while the distance between the arches is determined by that between the vine rows.

Each module rises from a vine row and runs through the space, achieving perfect visual symmetry and guiding the viewer’s gaze across the grapevines.

Visitor center

Enclosed in a glass façade and facing south, the visitor center draws abundant light as the windows act as concealed separation from the exterior vine rows. Informed by the ambient nature, the visitor center invites visitors to fully experience its produce in the barrique cellar, made of wood, concrete and glass, and adjoining tasting room.

Amphitheater

While one courtyard serves as the operational area, centralizing logistic and production presses, the other holds the amphitheater, extending sweeping views of the landscape.

An open space emerging from the rhythmic vines, the amphitheater invests the boundless roof, overlooking a horizon nourished by its history.

Community

Expanding on the Lahofer Winery’s function from a production site into a witness to the local culture, it acts as a community space, dedicated to cultural events including local grape harvest celebrations and theater performances – a hub for its lasting community to connect with visitors of the region and wide-ranging wine connoisseurs.

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Project data

Architect

CHYBIK + KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS

Client

VINAŘSTVÍ LAHOFER
Dobšice
Brněnská 523, 671 82

Project team

Ondřej Chybík, Michal Krištof, Lenka Vořechovská, Adam Jung, Hanka AlGibury, Karolina Holanková, Martin Holý, Vojtěch Kouřil, Ondřej Mundl, Matěj Štrba, Zuzana Záthurecká, Zuzana Pelikánová

Physical address

Vinice 579
671 82 Dobšice
Czech Republic

Opening

2019

Author

CHYBIK + KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS

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Majara Residence

More is more

Presence in Hormuz 2: Majara Residence

 

 

 

ZAV Architects

Majara

Hormuz is a formerly glorious historic port in the strategic strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, South of Iran, that controls the shipment of petroleum from the Middle East.

The island has outstanding colorful surreal landscapes. Oddly, the local inhabitants of the beautiful, touristic and politically strategic island struggle economically, getting involved in illegal trafficking activities using their boats.

Presence in Hormuz is a series of urban developments by a semi-public institution that hired ZAV Architects, in order to empower the local community of the island.

Its second phase (here is phase 1) is a multipurpose cultural residence called Majara Residence (meaning adventure) that ties together the lives of local people and visitors both culturally and economically.

What’s to my benefit, what’s to the benefit of all?

In a country where the state struggles with political disputes outside its borders, every architectural project becomes a proposal for internal governing alternatives, asking basic questions:

What are the limits of architecture and how can it suggest a political alternative for communal life? How can it attain social agency?

Architecture as a mediator

Architecture has the capacity be a mediator in the middle ground that converges the interests of different groups, from the state and investors to various classes and groups of people.

Majara Residence does so in bringing together the owners of land from the neighboring port of Bandar Abbas who organize an annual landart event in Hormuz, the investors from the capital city Tehran, and the local people of Hormuz as partners in the project.

Economy

Under the economic distress of sanctions, increasing the GDP generates social change, which in this project is achieved by:

1. Building economically, to the benefit of the client.
2. Earmarking a bigger share of the budget to labor costs rather than expensive imported materials, to the benefit of the local population, empowering them by offering training for construction skills.
3. An adaptive and future-proof spatial scenario that can respond to unpredicted need, to the benefit of the client and the island.
4. Using materials and human resources from Iran, to reduce construction and transportation costs and increase the GDP, to the benefit of the whole country.

Infinite Nader Khalili’s

Presence in Hormuz is a continuous process aiming at building trust rather than architectural objects, in order to encourage the participation of local people and the inclusion of their interests in any intervention in the island.

Majara Residence is a multitude of small-scale domes built with the superadobe technique of Nader Khalili, the innovative and simple technique using rammed earth and sand. Domes are familiar structures in the region. Their small scale makes them compatible with the building capabilities of local craftsmen and unskilled workers, which have been prepared for this project with previous smaller projects. Today they are trained master superadobe masons, as if Nader Khalili multiplied exponentially.

Swelling Earth

The infinite number of colorful particles, be they soil, sand, gravel or stone, pile up and form the rainbow topography of Majara Residence.

In this project a carpet is woven with granular knots inspired by the particles that make up the ecotone of the island. The sandbags that create the spatial particles (aka domes) are filled with the dredging sand of the Hormuz dock, as if the earth has swollen to produce space for accommodation.

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Project data

Architect

ZAV Archietcts

Client

Ali Rezvani
Ehsan Rasoulof

Project team

Mohamadreza Ghodousi, Fatemeh Rezaei, Golnaz Bahrami, Soroush Majidi
Sheila Ehsaei,Sara Jafari, Payman Barkhordari, Mohsen Safshekan, Kaveh Rashidzadeh, Hossein Panjehpour
Maryam Yousefi, Morteza Adib
Sara Jafari, Taraneh Behboud, Sara Nikkar, Mohsen Dehghan
Tajang Light

Physical address

Iran, Hormuz Island

Opening

2020

Photograph

Tahmineh Monzavi
Soroush Majidi
Payman Barkhordari

Author

ZAV Archiects

© Tahmineh Monzav, Soroush Majidi, Payman Barkhordari

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Design

Plans

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Umbrella Sky Christmas Edition

The sky is not enough

Umbrella Sky Christmas Edition

 

 

 

Impact Plan Art Productions

Situation

Umbrella Sky Project is an innovative artistic concept aimed at suspending umbrellas in the air. Originally only with colorful models, it now has several different compositions. Various models and colors are available, which seek to bring color and joy to citizens and users of different spaces.

In November 2020, the Umbrella Sky Christmas Edition in Águeda has been officially opened.

Mary Poppins

Inspired by the magical Mary Poppins,  a young nanny descending from the sky using her umbrella, the Umbrella Sky Project first appeared in 2011 as a part of the famous annual Ágitagueda Art Festival in the Portuguese city of Águeda.

Every summer, Sextafeira and now Impact Plan Art Productions designs a handful of the city’s narrow streets with colorful umbrella canopies that provide shade for the pedestrians passing through. rooftop cables are strung with numerous parasols that help cool the roadways in a creative and cost-effective way.

Impact Plan also left its mark in the vicinity of the famous Giant Santa – the biggest in the world – about twenty-one meters – according to the Guinness World Records.

Near the Santa there are small interactive spaces designed for visitors. It became possible to record the visit through photographs, featuring rich scenarios such as Santa’s house, a gingerbread doll or a giant Christmas gift. These small houses, which support such scenarios, fit perfectly with the other illuminations and various attractions that the city offers.

Christmas Season

Umbrella Sky Christmas Edition is integrated into the celebrations of the Christmas season of Águeda, an artistic installation executed by Impact Plan Art Productions. On the subject of this installation, visitors will see the Christmas version of the Umbrella Sky Project, whose umbrellas now become white and illuminated.

And, as the sky is not enough, the suspended Umbrella Sky Christmas Edition contrasts perfectly with the long red carpet, the colorful Christmas trees and the successive murals that are presenting themselves, painted throughout the space, on the stairs, garden benches and in the rest of the available urban space.

Giant Santa

Impact Plan also left its mark in the vicinity of the famous Giant Santa – the biggest in the world – about twenty-one meters – according to the Guinness World Records.

Near the Santa there are small interactive spaces designed for visitors. It became possible to record the visit through photographs, featuring rich scenarios such as Santa’s house, a gingerbread doll or a giant Christmas gift. These small houses, which support such scenarios, fit perfectly with the other illuminations and various attractions that the city offers.

Impact Plan also left its mark in the vicinity of the famous Giant Santa – the biggest in the world – about twenty-one meters – according to the Guinness World Records.

Near the Santa there are small interactive spaces designed for visitors. It became possible to record the visit through photographs, featuring rich scenarios such as Santa’s house, a gingerbread doll or a giant Christmas gift. These small houses, which support such scenarios, fit perfectly with the other illuminations and various attractions that the city offers.

Corona

It is also worth mentioning that the whole project was designed for visitors‘ circulation in sufficiently large spaces, considering all the security measures the current Covid-19 situation requires.

Umbrella Sky Christmas Edition can be visited until January 8th, 2021.

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Project data

Design

Impact.Plan
Zona Industrial Águeda Norte
3750-740 Águade
Portugal

Client

City oft Águeda

Photograph

Impact.Plan

Author

Impact.Plan

Physical address

R. Luís de Camões 111
PT – 3750-101 Águeda

© Impact.Plan

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Video

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Campus de Braak

Next chapter

Campus de Braak in Helmond

 

 

 

Moederscheim Moonen

About

The municipality council of Helmond in The Netherlands has given the green light for Campus de Braak in Helmond. The plans for the project were put on hold at the beginning of this year after a difference of opinion with parther professional soccer club Helmond Sport about the program of requirements, the design and the business case.

MoederscheimMoonen Architects, FaulknerBrowns and CULD were asked to team up to create a design tailored to the new brief. Now that the city council also supports the renewed plan, the project can restart.

Organisation

In the design, the number of seats has been reduced to 3,600 places which creates more space for the business areas for Helmond Sport. Additional space has also been created for the youth academy of the soccer club. With the collaboration of the municipality of Helmond, the OMO school group and the other users, a new design has been developed which is centered around multi-functionality.

In addition, the exterior has also been developed. Despite the fact that there are now only two large stands, the campus exudes a ‘stadium feeling’ through the dynamic verticality of the façades. In the case of expansion in the future, two new stands can be added in the current building envelope.

Multi-functionality

Multi-functionality is the essence of the new campus. The campus will be home to Helmond Sport and the Helmond Practice School. The design includes a NOC * NSF sports hall where the amateur football clubs Helmondia and Mulo will be accommodated. Additionally, a new location for JvdI De Fysioclub will be created. Space for individual sports and relaxation is also incorporated with the addition of a running track and shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.

The new building is surrounded by a central corridor that connects all entryways with each other and the surrounding neighborhoods. Thanks to the connection between the campus and the surrounding area, Campus de Braak will become an accessible meeting and recreational environment for the entire city.

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Project data

Client

Gemeente Helmond

Physical address

Sportpark de Braak 5
NL – 5703 DX Helmond

Contact

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Augmented Grounds

Digital goes analog

Augmented Grounds in Quebec

SoomeenHahm Design

About

Augmented Grounds is a winning competition entry of the International Garden Festival 2020. It is a landscape design installation, located in the Métis garden, Prince, Quebec, Canada, completed its construction in July 2020.

The design is inspired by traditional Métis sash and the proposal uniquely combines technologies in its making process which was highly evaluated by the competition juries.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

Cloud

The project utilized Augmented Reality and cloud based digital twin communication platforms in order to realize the construction during the pandemic. The project celebrates the fast and intuitive communication between designer and maker, utilizing the digitally augmented human labours crafting the delicate material on site by wearing AR Lenses.

At the same time, a globally assembled team of designers were able to review the construction process through a cloud based digital twin of the construction site, being able to intuitively supervise the construction process from far distance and pass on knowledge and guidance to local crews efficiently. This enabled the global team of designers and makers to be able to work together simultaneously in distance during the design and construction process.

Craftmanship

The installation also celebrates human craftsmanship. We chose to use colourful rope inspired by the colours and history of the traditional Métis sash, the Augmented Grounds garden takes visitors through a playful and colourful rope display of topography that reflects the pride of Métis culture and identity.

In the garden, visitors can walk along the colourful contours of ropes, sit and lie down on the coiled seating, or run up and down on the mounds and the pools.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

Métis

This garden is the Métissage of cultural pride and innovation. The Métis sash is traditionally made with the art of finger weaving and draped across one’s shoulder or tied around the waist.

The Augmented Grounds garden represents the Sash through colourful ropes made of twisted fibres that are tightly laid on top of the terrain to create a landscape of contours that reflects the different depths of Métis history represented on the sash.

Analogue and algorithm

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

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Project data

Design

Project team

Hanjun Kim, Marie-Eve Brais, Justine Valois, Marion Sellier, François Leblanc

Physical address

Opening

2020

Video

Hanjun Kim, Marie Eve Brais

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Coniplay

Pretty safe

Surfaces in water landscapes

Coniplay

About

Safety plays a major role in the design of the surfacing around water surfaces in both outdoor and indoor areas. It must be designed so that bathers always have a safe footing.

Slips and falls must be avoided at all costs as even a small, careless movement can lead to a fall with serious consequences, especially since bathers, whether children, adults or senior citizens only wear swimwear and are therefore also unprotected by any clothing if they fall. Floors bordering on water surfaces are therefore primarily designed for safety reasons.

Conica offers a safe solution for floorings adjacent to water surfaces.

Jointless

The surface system Coniplay was developed by the Swiss company Conica AG. Its safe standing ensures that bathing fun in adventure and leisure pools, spas and private swimming pools is not spoilt by accidents.

The product is available in two versions: as the water-permeable version Coniplay AP and as the water-impermeable Coniplay AI. Both solutions are colourful, comfortable and offer a long service life. They can easily be installed without joints using different binding agents.

Bacterial inhibiting

CONIPLAY AP is a water-permeable surface that can be constructed in one or two layers. CONIPLAY AI has a multi-layer structure and is waterproof.

The black granulate layer is optional for both variants, it serves to achieve any desired fall protection. This is what makes them recommendable.

Sealing

The sealant is also the same for both: CONIPUR 2210, as an anti-slip, silk-gloss 2-component PUR sealant. Alternatively, CONIPUR 2210 AB can also be used. This sealant is additionally equipped with a bacteria-inhibiting additive.

CONIPLAY AP and CONIPLAY AI are resistant to both chlorine and salt water.

Conclusion

Today’s bathing landscapes are subject to tough competition. Safety and attractiveness must no longer be competitors, they have to be partners.

The Coniplay solution combines the necessary, the fall protection, with the aesthetic. The material used allows a colourful design, so that bathing fun can be experienced in full all around the water with maximum safety.

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Project data

Surfaces

Conica AG
Industriestraße 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

Author

Uwe Schmidt
Industrie-Contact AG
Bahrenfelder Marktplatz 7
D – 22761 Hamburg

Photograph

Conica AG

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