Lower Bavaria exercise courses

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The Lower Bavaria exercise courses

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How it all began

How it all began

The Get Fit movement of the 1970s can definitely be seen as a forerunner of today’s fitness boom and the outdoor exercise course. Get fit trails were circular courses three or four kilometres in length with 15 to 20 exercise stations. The aim of the movement was not competitive sport, but the affluent society plagued by obesity and circulatory diseases.

The Lower Bavaria exercise courses with playfit equipment continue this success story with new concepts, offers and equipment.

How it all started all over again

New trend sports emerged in the 1990s. Jogging in particular became a popular sport. The Get Fit movement was forgotten, and the get fit trails even more so. Many municipalities simply did not have the money to maintain them permanently.

In 2008, the DOSB and the Müller dairy initiated the revival of the get fit movement in Germany with great media coverage and success.

Since then, the installation of individual pieces of equipment has often been replaced by various types of outdoor exercise courses.

Outdoor exercise course

An outdoor exercise course is therefore a leisure activity that further develops elements of the get fit trail and combines them with playground elements. Such systems consist of several coordinated installations in public spaces. They complement the public leisure offer in parks and green spaces.

They are often specially tailored to the needs and activities of older people. Then they are also called senior playgrounds or multi-generation parks.

There are basically three factors that determine the success of such systems.
1. The embedding in the environment
 2. The equipment with regard to the expected user groups
 3. The quality of the installed equipment

Lower Bavaria

In the past few years, no fewer than 13 attractive exercise courses have been created in Lower Bavaria, all of which have been equipped by playfit. They are designed very differently because they have been put together according to the wishes and needs of users and the environment – for example on playgrounds and sports fields, in parks or on hiking trails.

With more than 1,500 places where outdoor fitness equipment has been installed, playfit is one of the market leaders in this area.

Aitershofen

The exercise course in the municipality of Aiterhofen (3,650 inhabitants) was created as part of the LEADER funding programme “Moving Lower Bavaria”.

The offer is aimed at all age groups, is easy to master and accessible to everyone. The devices include a duplex shoulder trainer, balance trainer, a massage-stretching station, stations for stomach and back, arm pulls and push-ups, as well as leg lifts and a balancing stretch.

The total costs of 51,500 euros were largely borne by the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests. The own contribution for Aiterhofen was only € 20,600.

Atting

The Atting exercise course is beautifully located on the western outskirts of the municipality (1,700 inhabitants), directly on the Kleine Laaber. In addition to the river, the Atting rifle club, the Atting multi-purpose hall and the local sports field are the neighbours.

There is a large selection of equipment available, also due to the neighbourhood and above all for sporty-oriented users: leg trainers, full-body trainers, duplex shoulder trainers, mobility trainers, arm bikes, balance trainers, rowing machines, 3-person horizontal bars, a calisthenics system, a leg lifter, a balancing stretch and a Trampoline.

Dingolfing

The multi-generation park in Dingolfing was opened in 2016. It offers a total of 12 playfit devices, which were embedded in the attractive area not far from the Isar. Another highlight is the renatured Mühlbach flowing through the exercise park, into which a Kneipp basin has been incorporated.

The park is an ideal place for exercise, play and communication. At the same time, it serves as a rest zone, in which flower meadows and tree trunks as seating invite you to linger and relax. It can be reached without barriers and has state-of-the-art sanitary facilities.

At the time, more than 1,000 visitors came to the opening to try out the equipment. At that time, playfit had specifically expanded the potential of its equipment to appeal to less active users. It paid off.

Eging am See

The facility in Eging am See is located directly in the spa gardens. It offers a wonderful view of the lake, even when doing sports. Due to its location, the equipment is used by hikers and visitors to the neighbouring thermal baths.

The course is one of the oldest playfit facilities in the region. Full-body trainers, back trainers, shoulder trainers and massage machines for hands, arms and legs have been available here since 2009.

Hauzenberg

“Fit am Freudensee” is the title of the East Bavaria tourism association for the exercise course at the Freudensee leisure area in Hauzenberg.

The area is constantly being developed, the course was opened in 2020. The park and the facility are used by walkers and joggers. Both use the “outdoor fitness studio” with the seven coordinated pieces of equipment balance trainer, arm pull-up trainer, 4-person horizontal bar, balance stretch, abdominal / back station, knee flexors and leg lifters.

A swim in the lake is also part of the programme in summer.

Loiching

The facility is located a little outside the village of Loiching (3,500 inhabitants), between a sports field, the Kronwieden Kneipp facility and the Isar cycle path.

As in all playfit exercise courses, detailed and understandable boards with exercise instructions in various degrees of difficulty ensure professional training for all ages and levels of ability. The eleven pieces of equipment offer a varied training programme, including for wheelchair users.

This successful project from 2017 is an important building block for the health care of locals and tourists.

Metten

Metten is five kilometres west of Deggendorf on the Danube. The special feature of this exercise course is that it is embedded in a residential area and borders on a walking path.

Here, too, the course equipment was geared towards the needs of the expected users. That is why Metten mainly has children’s play equipment and fitness facilities for residents and walkers in the district: leg trainers, full-body trainers, rowing machines, upper body trainers, parallel bars and a calisthenics facility.

Osterhofen

In Osterhofen, the exercise course was embedded in the city park. The community and its almost 12,000 inhabitants placed great value on a facility for physical fitness and preventive health care.

Since it opened in 2017, the course has been a point of contact for cycling tourism and a popular meeting place. It is located on the upper Herzogbach, not far from the SpVgg Osterhofen sports field.

Pfarrkirchen

First a Nordic walking tour through the Rottauen, then (or in between) training on the equipment on the exercise course. Something like that, the facility, which opened in 2018, is often incorporated into the excursion and sports programme of the residents and visitors of parish churches. This is also due to its location in the garden of the Stadtwerke, in the immediate vicinity of the cycle paths on the Rott.

The twelve playfit outdoor fitness machines are leg trainers, full body trainers, back trainers, duplex shoulder trainers, back massage machines, arm bikes, rowing machines, upper body trainers, abdominal / back stations, arm pull-up push-up trainers, squats and balancing stretch.

Plattling

The Plattling exercise course is suitable for all generations. On the dike promenade in Mühlbachpark, three stations with several pieces of equipment each are available over a length of 800 metres. They can, at least in part, also be used by people with physical limitations.

The dike promenade connects two parts of the city and leads to a sporty neighbourhood, which mainly consists of an outdoor swimming pool, the stadium, a school and a parking space for mobile homes.

The offer matches the users. All playfit exercise courses are based on this. A simple concept that just works.

Reisbach

The special feature of the Reisbach exercise course is its five different locations. These are spread over the entire area of the market town and its 7,770 inhabitants, preferably in combination with playgrounds, green spaces or other offers for sport and leisure.

The total of 13 pieces of equipment on display include a calisthenics system, a horizontal bar, several bars, a slackline and an abdominal / back station.

Salching

The exercise course in Salching was also created as a further attractive offer in a sporty environment, namely right next to the facility of the 1946 Salching sports club with football and tennis courts.

The equipment of the facility, which opened in 2017, includes full-body trainers, back trainers, balance trainers, a 4-person horizontal bar, slackline bollards and a balancing stretch.

Vilshofen an der Danube

The exercise course in Ginkgo Park (Gingko is a tree species from China) offers cross-generational opportunities for exercise and encounters, including for wheelchair users. This comprehensive offer makes sense because the course is directly adjacent to a large children’s playground. So, it offers young and old the opportunity to train movement, coordination and strength in a playful way.

In addition, the facility established in 2018 offers four different pieces of equipment for shoulder training, leg strengthening, an arm pull and push-up trainer as well as a rowing machine. Thanks to its location, conception and equipment, this playfit exercise course is also a very well-functioning, attractive excursion and sports offer for the whole city.

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Project data

Exercise Courses

playfit GmbH
Brauerknechtgraben 53
D-20459 Hamburg

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Martin Michalak

Author

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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Project data

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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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

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Playfit
Hans-Peter Schmitt

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Canoeing centre Tychy

Sports is public.

Canoeing centre Tychy

 

 

 

RS+ Robert Skitek

Situation

The Paprocany lake is very important place for inhabitants, mainly for recreational reasons. The wharf which was put into use a few years ago, connects rest center with a part used by many sailing clubs and canoe section MOSM (Municipal Youth Sports Center).

Due to bad condition of these building, the city decided to build new sailing marina and object for MOSM: Canoeing centre Tychy.

Building

The first part of Canoeing centre Tychy which was realized is building for canoes. Canoe section has achieved great successes. Karolina Naja, who is double olympic medalist, was member of this section.

As the authors of promanade, we cared about to extend a wharf to planned sailing marina. In consequence od this assumption, new canoeing training center became part of it.

Promenade

The main path of the promenade is located right next to the water and the walls of object have been withdrawn and hidden behind raised wooden seats, which are used as tribune during canoeing competitions.

The back wall obtained a different shape: due to fire requirements, is covered with grey fiber-cement boards.

Building

The Canoeing centre Tychy is divided into two functional parts – training and storage. They were separated and covered with a common roof covered by plants. On the other sides building was surrounded by green slopes. There is a great view of the lake from the roof, so we decided to take an additional path there.

The Canoeing centre Tychy is divided into two functional parts – training and storage. They were separated and covered with a common roof covered by plants. On the other sides building was surrounded by green slopes. There is a great view of the lake from the roof, so we decided to take an additional path there.

Conclusion

These solutions caused a space in front of building with tribune, covered part and whole roof  became attractive public space and next part of wharf important to people.

Thanks to Canoeing centre Tychy, Canoe section gained new audience, fans and potential pupils and its work is becaming visible and transparent.

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Project data

Architect

RS+ Robert Skitek
Nałkowskiej 4A, lok. 49
PL – Tychy

Client

Aleja Niepodległości 49
PL – 43-100 Tychy

Project team

Robert Skitek, Jakub Zygmunt, Jarosław Zieliński, Martyna Lenart-Zygmunt, Wojciech Zientek,
Lechprojektt: Marta Weszke, Leszek Weszke, Piotr Weszke
Projekt PL: Łukasz Plaza
ELPRO: Marcin Mikołajczyk
Ekosystem – Pracownia Architektury Krajobrazu: Łukasz Bielawski

Physical address

Paprocany lake
Jezioro Paprocańskie
PL – Tychy

Opening

2020

Photograph

Tomasz Zakrzewski

Author

RS+ Robert Skitek

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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

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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

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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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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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Surfaces

Conica AG
Industriestraße 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

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

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Ötzi Peak

The most beautiful souvenir

Ötzi Peak 3251m

noa* network of architecture

Decision

There is something sublime about this special place, right at the top of the Schnals Valley Glacier ridge, where Italy’s impressive alpine landscape soars high above the reservoir below, and Austria is around the corner.

In this unique geographic location, fate decides whether a drop of glacier water will make its way towards the Mediterranean or the Black Sea.

Shutdown

The Hotel Grawand lies at the very top of this unique alpine intersection, which at over 3,000 meters above sea level, is one of the few hotels in Europe located at such an altitude. The summit is a stone’s throw away at a distance of about 50 meters.

The breathtaking landscape view of snow-covered mountain peaks makes time standstill. Hikers and skiers visit the peak to experience nature at its fullest: rugged, stony, with wind and weather – pure.

Detached

In order to enable visitors planning a more extended stay, as well as day-seizing mountain nomads, to experience not only the breathtaking ride to the mountain station, but also to get to know the fascinating history of this alpine wonderland, noa* designed a unique architectural structure.

A viewing platform was developed based on a light structure made of Corten steel, giving a modern touch that also blends in with the landscape. The design incorporates the preexisting summit cross, and the platform only touches the ground where there is a static necessity – creating a detached, almost floating construction which lets you become one with the mountains and breathe in the freedom.

Stay

The platform follows the natural topography with a plateau grid placed on top of slender crossbeams, which are enveloped in vertical lamellas of Corten steel. The parapet-high, vertical elements trace these gentle curves in their sequence.

This creates a magical effect: an opening and closing of views that follows the movement of the viewer – an invitation to discover new perspectives time and again. This unique dynamic creates a fully immersive, sensual experience in which time stands still for a moment and every other souvenir is eclipsed.

Ötzi

Speaking of time, a geometric funnel was cut into the undulating viewing platform to direct viewers eyes towards something timeless – the place where Ötzi was found. Only a few meters from the Austrian border, the angle of the viewing funnel takes the visitor on a carefully crafted, intellectual journey to the Iceman.

The viewing funnel was designed with Corten steel, and like the slats on the railing, the steel turns dark brown, grey and black as it yields to the elements and becomes one with its surroundings. The funnel end is completed with a glass railing which gives your thoughts flight in breathtaking suspense – it seems like you are walking on air.

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Architect

noa* network of architecture

Client

Schnalstaler Gletscherbahn AG

Physical address

Kurzras,
12, 39020 Senales
I – South Tyrol

Opening

2020

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Alex Filz

Author

Barbara Jahn-Rösel

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Azatlyk Square

New life

Azatlyk Square in Tatarstan

DROM & Strelka KB

Situation

Azatlyk Square in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia) has been transformed into a dynamic and vibrant multi-use public space.

The original square was designed around a formal central axis that was intended to connect the municipality building to the unbuilt Lenin museum. By losing its starring role as a social connector, the public space became a relic of the Soviet past, underused, kept alive by a few maintenance interventions and disconnected from city life.

Design

The project was deigned by Rotterdam-based firm DROM in collaboration with Strelka KB.

Drom wanted to convert the lifeless public space of a typical Russian monotown built in the Seventies and dominated by a single industry – the famous Kamaz truck factory – into a multipurpose area with a fresh take on inhabitants’ interaction.

Connecting neighbourhoods

Highlighted by a dense row of planted trees, the main axis of Azatlyk Square has been relocated towards the edge of the plot to directly connect the nearby neighbourhoods with the new Promenade and its pavilions that include diverse playgrounds, a café, a food stall and a spiral viewing platform.

Three squares

The former central area has been divided into three different squares, each with its own unique character. To the East, the Event Square is a pink concrete paved urban space that is also used for weekly outdoor markets.

Next to it, is the Green Square, a relaxing spot with a wooden amphitheatre and a broad lawn from which to enjoy the seasonal landscaping conducted by the city’s planting department and lastly, the Cultural Square, with a fountain and a new circular shallow pool for playing in the water on hot days.

Anchor programme

In dialogue with the Promenade, each square is energized by an anchor programme: the amphitheatre doubles as a cafè; the spiral viewing platform, which is painted in the emblematic orange Kamaz color, adds a vertical dimension; and the circular pool transforms into an ice-skating rink in winter.

Urban furniture

DROM designed peculiar paving patterns for each of the squares and integrated spaces that are protected from the strong crosswinds and sun by strategically placed “hills” and local species of linden, red maple and blue spruce trees.

In addition to the pavilions, Azatlyk Square features bespoke urban furniture and lighting elements, which were developed and produced by local manufacturers closely involved in the creation of a new niche in the city’s economy.

Structure

The main supporting structure for the spiral viewing platform is made with the same technology that is utilized in the production of gas pipes. The benches were shaped by a local concrete factory and the lamps were fabricated using standard steel profiles.

By maintaining most of the pre-existing greenery and adding new trees, the architects intend to preserve the existing ecosystem and peculiar landscape. All these aspects helped the natural integration and the visual impact of the enormous transformation in the city centre, making the project more sustainable, resilient, and financially viable.

Conclusion

The city and its inhabitants embrace the new public space and the flourishing green areas as a stimulus to transform a monotone industrial past into a lively contemporary dimension of living that injects new energy into their roots.

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Project data

Architect

DROM
Timur Karimullin, Sofia Koutsenko, Timur Shabaev
Asaf Barnea, Aga Batkiewicz, Valentina Ciccotosto, Elif Gözde Öztoprak, Roos Pulskens, Pratyusha Suryakant

Strelka BK

Client

Strelka KB, DOM.RF

Construction costs

€4.500.000

Physical address

Prospekt Khasana Tufana 18
Naberezhnye Chelny
Republik Tatarstan
Russland

Opening

2020

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Impression Sanjie Liu

The beauty of chance

Impression Sanjie Liu in Yizhou

IILab.

Liu Sanjie

Liu Sanjie was a simple girl and a very talented singer who fought with authorities almost 1,000 years ago. On the run, she and her lover turned into larches, which allowed them to stay together forever. So much for the legend.

Liu Sanjie’s story has been performed since 2004 with more than 600 performers in the incredible nature of the southern Chinese city of Yizhou. The spectacle is called “Impression Sanjie Liu” and is quite rightly enormously successful. The 10,000 spectator natural stage is considered the largest in the world.

Now, it has been upgraded.

Landsape

The Impression Sanjie Liu, Yangshuo, Guilin is located in one of the most dramatic landscapes in China. Endless greenery surrounds the site filling space between large karst towers of rock. With a landscape so grand any moves to dismiss it, let alone compete would make little sense. With this understanding it was decided that the natural elements themselves would form the premise for what architecture would inhabit the site, one element in particular, bamboo.

Plot

The Impression Sanjie Liu is already well established, now in its 15th year of operation. Currently, the night show entertains guests in two areas, one at either end of the island site. The entry and pagoda where guests arrive, and the main stage, perched at the bank of the Li river at the other end.

Between these two points little interaction takes place. IILab. have changed this in a wonderful way.

Structure

The first, woven bamboo lantern structures, scattered where guests circulate, whose purpose is to guide and intrigue. Then the other, a stretch of woven canopy amongst clusters of bamboo, providing area to walk sheltered from regular rainfall.

When entering the site, lanterns small in stature line along the pathway cast out signals of dappled light. As visitors travel further the once small lanterns become drastically larger to a point where the guests can find themselves able to walk inside. The makeup of the lanterns remains sincere, with a structure of bamboo lengths encased in lashed bamboo either side.

The beauty of coincidence

On closer inspection one can get a sense of the random beauty that can only be created when something is truly constructed by hand.

The slightly dark appearance of bamboo framing shows markings of how it is bowed with fire to create the curved lantern silhouette. Over this, piece by piece, teams of local craftsman have threaded numerous stripes of bamboo in an unintentional pattern that requires no glues or nails to hold its shape.

This method of production is a showcase of intricacy, clearly shaped by the hands of people and their intuition of beauty.

Lanterns

In the daylight, the lanterns appear solid, the yellow of the shell in compliment with the green surrounding. Come night the personality of the lantern shifts from something more unyielding to a porous shell.

Supported by the columns in a maze of tubes, the structure of the canopy while seen doesn’t look out of place. The hand-woven layer obscures what is in front and what lays behind. Stretching 140m from where you stand the woven ceiling takes on a shape of an inverted landscape, undulating between different levels of surfaces.

Moments of performance

In acknowledgment to the theatrical spirit of the Impression Sanjie Liu, moments of performance make its way into many parts of the design: The hand weaving, bamboo playing off the tension of one another.

The topography of the canopy ceiling dancing between columns of bamboo as if unsupported. Even the way guests are intended to move from lantern to lantern, in a narrative of interaction. Together these subtle hints encourage a particular frame of mind, readying the guest for the main feature.

Drama, baby.

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Project data

Architect

llLab.

Hanxiao Liu, Henry D’Ath, Lexian Hu, Alyssa Tang, Chaoran Fan, Luis Ricardo, David Correa

Client

Impression Sanjie Liu

Team

Project Management Team:
GCPS Interior Decoration Finishing Ltd.
Lihua Mi, Dalin Chai, Hao Zhang, Guoyang Wan

Project Construction Team:
Yinghong Shao, Yanru Dong, Yingming Shao

Structural Design:
LaLu Partners Structure Consulting

Address

Pantao Rd, Yangshuo County
Guilin, Guangxi
China

Opening

2020

Author

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