Light Path

Summer Night City

Light Path in Auckland

Monk Mackenzie Architects, LandLAB, GHD

About

The „Light Path“ (also named Nelson Street Cycleway or „Te Ara I Whiti“) is a cycleway (and in some sections, a shared pathway for walking and cycling) in Auckland, New Zealand. The most famous part of the path is Māori Te Ara I Whiti section, translated as, and commonly known as Lightpath or also as the Pink Path.

Light Path transforms six hundred meters of redundant highway infrastructure into a dynamic cycleway completing a vital link in Auckland’s innercity cycle network. Stage 1 of the Light Path was opened in December 2015, stage 2 opened two years later.

Striking

The Light Path uses a strict economy of means to transform the city dwellers’ experience of this piece of transport infrastructure. The striking coloured pavement and interactive lighting bring a distinctive and changing character to the reuse of this piece of motorway. This changes the experience of the path for the user and also changes their experience of the city beyond.

The design is bold and confident with all elements well integrated into the singular and simple form of the path. It is the power of this design strategy that elevates a utilitarian pathway to a much more complex space of inhabitation, and creates a distinctive urban landmark for the city.

The city and the individual

Architecturally the project had to work simultaneously at two scales: the macro and the micro – the city and the individual. The project was also primarily conceived equally as a piece of urban art as it was urban design.

To create an impact at this wider city scale a simple yet bold strategy was employed. The former asphalt highway was given a highly vivid and provocative pink resin and aggregate surfacing. This transformed the space from a disused highway into a highly contemporary urban space used by cyclists and pedestrians.

Urban connectivity

A dusk and evening dimension was created by placing over 300 LED custom light boxes along the eastern edge of the cycleway to create a light spine. These were fully programmable and contained sensors to create a digital infrastructure to allow an artist to create an infinite array of experiences.

Aluminium plates, engraved with original Maori artist Katz Maihi artworks were subtly integrated into the western edge of the cycleway barrier. In addition to this, the pink surfacing was concluded at its northern end in another 27 metre long original artwork that morphed the surfacing back to asphalt.

Soundtrack

The project is a bold statement in Auckland’s urban realm, illustrating movement, speed and aspiration. It takes on the often overused definition of urban connectivity and profoundly redefines it with a persuasive use of colour, materiality and technology. In the process, it contributes to a dispersal of ones perception of what it is to move about a city with an intoxicating cycling, pedestrian and transportation event.

 

„Can’t resist the strange attraction
From that giant dynamo
Lots to take and lots to give
Time to breathe and time to live“

ABBA, Summer Night City

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Project data and companies involved

Designer

Monk Mackenzie
Level 3, 23 O’Connell Street
PO Box 3457
Shortland Street
NZL – Auckland 1010

Opening

2015 & 2017

Client

New Zealand Transport Agency
Ronnie Salunga

Auckland Council
Gyles Bendall

Construction management

GHD
Gansen Govender, Stephen Cummins

GHD Centre Level 3
27 Napier Street
Freemans Bay
NZL – Auckland 1010

Design

LandLAB
Level 2, 17 Sale Street
Freemans Bay,
NRZ – Auckland 1010

Photographs

MMA
Russ Flatt

Text

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Identity through Skate Parks

What sports can do

Skate parks in areas of crisis: photo exhibition and presentation at the FSB

Ralf Maier

Cohesion

Sport strengthens us, especially in the community. When everyday life really challenges us, our need for balance and stability becomes even greater. We know that, studies show that.

The importance of sports and sports facilities in crisis areas is therefore simply huge. The FSB shows this impressively with the photo exhibition “Identity through Skate Parks” and the lecture “Skate Parks – elements of peacemaking in crisis areas”.

Skating facilities combine sports, individual and social aspects. They offer less standardised competition areas and leave plenty of room for individuality. It’s not about personal bests, it’s about identity, self-confidence and cohesion. In crisis areas, skate parks are therefore a school for life.

Exhibition and lecture

Ralf Maier has built many such facilities – including Afghanistan, Bethlehem, Namibia, India and most recently in Damascus. The photo exhibition “Identity through Skate Parks” at the exhibition boulevard shows its facilities throughout the entire FSB, namely from 5 to 8 November 2019 – on large-format, impressive pictures with lots of happy people.

Under the title “Skate Parks – elements of peacemaking in crisis areas”, Ralf Maier presents these projects (and more) on 7 November at the FSB. The lecture is part of Landscape Architect Day organised by the BDLA.

Who does something like this?

In order to implement such projects, you indeed need a few courageous and determined people. One of these is Titus Dittmann, a former sports teacher and himself a pioneer of skateboarding in Germany. He recognised the huge potential of skate parks for humanitarian projects and founded the skate-aid foundation. Today, skate-aid is the moral and often the financial sponsor of the vast majority of projects presented at the FSB.

Another is Ralf Maier, founder and owner of Maier Landschaftsarchitektur / Betonlandschaften (Cologne). The long-standing BMX professional and world champion has been lending his support to skate-aid since the creation of the foundation in 2009 in the role of honorary planner and landscape architect.

Diversification

Once completed, the skate parks will remain supervised and offer free recreational activities for children and young people, and of course regardless of age, religion, skin colour, social class and gender. In addition to workshops with free skateboard lessons, skateboards, accessories and protective gear are provided. It also takes a lot of courage, resources and people to do it all.

Therefore, skate facilities are an important and sustainable contribution to peace work in affected regions, which can change society on the ground. Sport can achieve all this.

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Exhibition

“Identity through Skate Parks”
FSB Boulevard
5 to 8 November 2019, all day

Further Informationen

Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Maier
maier landschaftsarchitektur
Rösrather Straße 769
D-51107 Cologne

Trade Fair

FSB 
Fachmesse für Freiraum, Sport- und Bewegungseinrichtungen

skate-aid

skate-aid international e.V.
Wallstraße 86
D – 10179 Berlin 

Exhibition

“Identity Foundation through Skate Parks”
FSB Messe-Boulevard
5 to 8 November 2019, all day

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Hall 7.1 | Stand D042

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Gersthofen Skate Park

Investing in the future

Gersthofen Skate Park

Schneestern

Situation

In Gersthofen, a fast-growing town bordering Augsburg, the local skate community and the city administration have agreed on one thing: While in many places a renovation of the outdoor pool or a new playground is being planned, the city of Gersthofen decided to invest almost 340,000 € in a new skate park featuring a bowl. But why a skate park?

Skateboarding, BMX and scooters have become an integral part of society and represent a shift to modern sporting behavior. A few years ago, skating was still considered a niche sport or just a hobby for rebellious teens. In the meantime, the number of new users in the field of roller sports has been constantly increasing for years. A development that is due to the recognition of “Skateboarding” as an Olympic discipline, but also due to the provision of appropriate sports facilities.

Participation

The new Gersthofen Skate Park was opened in June 2019. After nine months of construction, it replaces an outdated facility.

In Gersthofen, modern sporting behavior with a trend towards individual sport should be promoted in a targeted manner using appropriate infrastructure. The new skate park appeals to a broad target group, can be used by a wide variety of user groups and is also intended to function as a social meeting point.

In-situ concrete

Due to many advantages, such as resistance to vandalism and low maintenance, the new plant was built completely in in-situ concrete on an area of almost 1,000 m².

The company Bowl Construction AG, owned by Erwin Rechsteiner from Switzerland, was responsible for the planning and design and has over 20 years of experience.

When planning, great importance was attached to an integrated design of the individual elements. As a result, the facility by Schneestern literally appears to be “made of one piece” and meets the requirements of the sport.

Community

It goes without saying that you need a suitable sports facility for a particular sport. And these sports can only grow with good infrastructure. However, skating is more than just a performance-oriented sport, it is also about the social aspect. Although skating is an individual sport, it is practiced amongst others.

That is why indoor and outdoor skateparks are always meeting places where social interactions take place and people of different age groups and social classes have fun together. Many communities are interested in creating opportunities for their children and teenagers to promote togetherness. Thus, the skatepark can be seen as both a meaningful and contemporary investment in the future of society.

Skateparks are just one of several open space design and movement promotion options offered by Schneestern. Visit us at the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Movement Facilities in Cologne (FSB, Hall 7.1 Stall 024) from 5th to 8th November, and discover the possibilities of action sport infrastructures with us.

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Project data and companies involved

Design

Bowl Construction AG
Kreuzlingerstrasse 18
CH-8566 Neuwilen

Photos

Janik Steiner
Am Tiergarten 31
D – 88339 Bad Waldsee

Steffen Vollert (Titel)

Text

Matthias Schwarz & Marco Rues

Construction

Schneestern GmbH & Co. KG
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 47
D-87471 Durach

Opening

2019

Bike Parks & Equipment

The Schneestern Catalogue

Address

Skatepark Gersthofen

Eichenlohweg
D – 86368 Gersthofen

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Melos Innovations

Melos Innovations

FSB novelties

Melos

MoveNow, the interactive LED flooring

Interactive LED flooring creates interactive, touch-sensitive surfaces that can shine in all colours and are integrated into walls like a monitor in floors. They create a new type of living environment that combines a wide variety of disciplines: Materials development and sensor technology, education and lifestyle, innovation management and urban planning.

The technical basis is a metal frame that accommodates all the necessary electrotechnical components and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. On it, a transparent, slightly elastic PU mat is installed.

A specially developed game configurator software allows for every possibility of individualisation. Game ideas can be transferred to surfaces in floors and walls in a way previously only known from computer games or on a small scale from board games.

Our greenkeeper is a robot

The importance of artificial turf pitches, especially for football, is now acknowledged. However, the lasting quality and durability of the pitches depend very much on their maintenance. This is a problem for many clubs needing volunteer keepers to do this.

A completely newly developed robot can be a solution here: In a single operation, it brushes and groomes the turf autonomously .

Various maintenance programs are available via app. This new development is called Turfrob and works completely without supervision. For example at night.

The Turfrob will also be on display at the Melos stand during FSB.

Designing sports and leisure floorings

In the traditional planning of sports and leisure floorings, very different tools were used, and these were not compatible: sketches on paper, project plans in Excel and handwritten contact data on the desk pad.

Now there is a new tool that organizes all project phases such as design, calculation and implementation comprehensively and digitally. It is called PROJECTplanner and can be used, among other things:

  • Building Information Modelling: BIM-compliant planning
  • Simplified measurement via import of existing drawings or aerial photographs
  • Intuitive surface and draft design through integrated drawing tool
  • Consideration of preparatory work (substructure / enclosure)
  • Automatic generation of offers and product requirement quantities
  • Tender texts, installation instructions, tool lists and video tutorials
  • Direct ordering of project-related materials via the app

PROJECTplanner powered by SYNLawn is perfect for building contractors, architects and specialist planners as well as for installing and manufacturing companies.

Learn more at FSB visiting Melos.

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Companies involved & Links

Melos at FSB

Hall 10.2, Booth F040 /G041

Melos

Melos GmbH
Bismarckstrasse 4-10
D-49324 Melle

FSB

Koelnmesse
5.11. – 8.11.2019

Interactive LED Floorings

MoveNow powered by Melos

Turf Maintenance Robot

Turfrob

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Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track

Pump track instead of PlayStation

The Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track

Schneestern

1 million laps of Austria’s largest pump track

The asphalt Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track is the largest in Austria. It is conveniently located directly next to the lake adjacent to the motorway in Viehhausen. The facility offers two mirrored tracks and a jump line situated on 900 m² of land.

Children, teenagers and adults have been doing the rounds here since June 2017 – more than one million laps in just two years! This corresponds to 3.66 circumnavigations of the earth or 146,000 km of driving distance.

One million laps on the Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track take about 7,300 hours or over 300 days. This just goes to prove that it is still worthwhile creating alternatives to mobile phones and the PlayStation.

Fresh air instead of a console

But what exactly is a Pump Track and what makes it so popular? The Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track is a multifunctional facility consisting of roller tracks and small berms. The track can be used with almost any roller sports equipment: with wheels, bikes, skateboards or scooters.

The trend towards individual sports was taken into account during planning and construction. The Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track very quickly attracts a large number of different users – the fresh air alternative to mobile phones and game consoles.

Pump up Wals-Siezenheim

The up-and-down movement of the body, so-called “pumping”, generates risk-free speed. This is why pump tracks have been classified as one of the safer sports facilities. Further advantages: Spaces such as the Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track are almost maintenance-free, resistant to vandalism and produce only a low noise level.

All these very good reasons motivated the community of Wals-Siezenheim to assume a kind of pioneering role in 2017. In cooperation with Schneestern, a German provider of action sports facilities of (almost) every kind, they decided to build the largest asphalt pump track in Austria.

Thanks to the creative track design of two mirrored tracks, the Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track also offers the perfect conditions to compete in competition. But whether in competition or just for fun: the Pump Track, which is very conveniently located next to an adventure playground, enhances the regional leisure activities enormously.

Success through multifunctionality

Mayor Joachim Maislinger considers the decision to build the Wals-Siezenheim Pump Track to be the answer to the demands placed on modern municipal sports facilities. “Absolutely everything that has wheels is on the move here. The target group is age-independent and, with bikes, skateboards, scooters and inline skates, it offers much more diversity than conventional municipal sports facilities.

Other municipalities are now following this example and investing in the future with a space such as this.

Schneestern will also be attending the FSB (international trade fair for public spaces, sports or leisure facilities) in Cologne. Visit us in hall 7.1 booth 024.

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Project data and companies involved

Design and construction

Schneestern GmbH & Co. KG
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 47
D-87471 Durach

Address

Uferstraße 27
5071 Viehhausen
Österreich

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Matthias Schwarz & Marco Rues

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Pump tracks – The New Roller Sports Facilities

Pump tracks at the FSB

A bdla seminar in Cologne

maier landschaftsarchitektur

“Pump tracks – The New Roller Sports Facilities” at the FSB

Pump tracks are becoming increasingly important. That’s why the seminar “Pump tracks – The New Roller Sports Facilities” will take place on November 7th in Cologne during the bdla day at the FSB. Ralf Maier is one of the speakers. FSB is the world’s largest and most important trade fair for the construction and operation of sports and leisure facilities. These are three very good reasons to come to Cologne on November 7th. Here are a few more.

The Seminar

Pump tracks are absolutely on the rise. Therefore, they are no longer built from earth or clay, but using permanent asphalt construction. This turns a simple cycle track into a multifunctional sports complex for a wide variety of user groups such as MTB riders, BMX riders, skateboarders, longboarders, inline skaters, roller skaters and of course wheelchair users.

This momentous development raises questions – the seminar answers them. Four lectures deal with the planning requirements, and the safety and social importance of these facilities. For these topics there are many instructive as well as spectacular examples in already realised projects. We are very happy that Ralf Maier will present two of these topics.

Organiser of the seminar is the Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla), the Nordrhein-Westfalen state group. The event is recognised with two hours of training for landscape architects and architects from the NW work group. The complete programme of the seminar and the registration form can be found here.

The FSB

From the 5th to the 8th November, more than 600 companies from 45 countries will present their range of services at the Cologne trade fair. The FSB (International Trade Fair for Freedom, Sports and Exercise Facilities) concentrates on all topics relating to the areas of open space planning and design, sports facility architecture, playgrounds, sports equipment, exercise areas and leisure facilities – making it the industry meeting place. More about the FSB can be found here.

maier landscape architecture can be found in Hall 7.1 | Stand D042. We look forward to you paying us a visit!

The bdla day

For the third time, the so-called bdla day will take place on the FSB and in the context of the planner FORUM. In Rhineland one speaks already about it being a tradition.

“Pump tracks – The new roller sports facilities” is part of the bdla day. The seminar is aimed at planners, builders and sports clubs. It provides basics and decision support for the planning and implementation of pump tracks using asphalt construction.

Further information about the bdla day can be found here.

Links…

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Further informationen

Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Maier
maier landschaftsarchitektur
Rösrather Straße 769
D-51107 Köln

Date

7 November 2019, 1 p.m.

Trade fair

FSB 
Fachmesse für Freiraum, Sport- und Bewegungseinrichtungen

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aquanale 2019

I will be there

aquanale 2019

Koelnmesse

Numbers

From 5 to 8 November 2019 the next edition of aquanale, the International Trade Fair Sauna, Pool and Ambience, will be staged in Cologne.
In total, around 320 companies from over 25 countries are expected at this year’s aquanale, of which 50 per cent are coming from abroad. The largest contingents from outside Germany came from Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Worlds

The event is clearly structured into six theme worlds:

  • public pool facilities
  • swimming pool technology
  • private swimming pools
  • saunas & spas
  • private spas, and
  • green living.

 

Thanks to the new structure, all different pool segments will be presented at aquanale. National and international trade fair visitors from architect’s and planning offices, municipalities, leisure and fun parks, specialised pool companies can convince themselves of the comprehensive, innovative spectrum of products, simply and with short routes. In addition, this year’s broad event programme is guaranteed to provide added value.

Growth

Almost all of the international who’s who of the industry have confirmed they will attend the event in Cologne. aquanale has recorded considerable growth in the sauna segment. Accordingly, this segment is presented in Hall 6 in an attractively designed compact area across almost 2,000 square metres. A large group of Finnish sauna manufacturers that have formed the Sauna from Finland network to promote the Finnish sauna experience is also represented at the fair.  

8th International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum

This year the congress focuses on eight areas. Public pool refurbishment, aspects of sustainability, and future trends are dealt with.

Innovative architectural and engineering planning are on the agenda as well. European standards (both for public and private pools) form a further block.

Further training for and assessment of pool staff – another item on the forum’s agenda enhanced by two cross-sector units, communication on the one hand and new work on the other.

All visitors to the trade fair and exhibitors are invited to participate in the free and diverse programme. Registration is not required. Just drop in, listen, ask questions, join in the discussion, and take something away.

The subject matter and contents of the forum will be overseen by the German Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

Simultaneous interpreting is provided (German/English).

Events

The European Waterpark Association (EWA) together with Koelnmesse GmbH will be presenting a special exhibition entitled “96º“, which will focus on new attractions for sauna and wellness landscapes in leisure pools and thermal baths. “96º“ will present innovations in sauna construction as well as the application of cold therapies and how they are featured in wellness worlds.
The international significance of aquanale for the industry is also reflected in the fact that associations and institutions use the event for presenting prestigious awards. Presented this year at aquanale will be the EUSA Award (European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations), the EWA Marketing Award, the IAKS Award (sports, exercise and swimming pool) and the Golden Wave (Schwimmbad & Sauna magazine).
Alongside, the BDS Meeting Point (Bundesverband Deutscher Schwimmmeister/Federal Association of German Swimming Pool Attendants) in the same hall, and the bsw networking area in Hall 6 are also important contact points for trade visitors and exhibitors.

Duo

The trade fair duo of aquanale and FSB, the International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities, turn the fairgrounds in Cologne into the most important international meeting place for the public and private pool sectors, as well as for the amenity area planning and design, sports facilities and playgrounds, sports equipment, exercise areas and recreational facilities sectors.

FSB is the international platform for the amenity area, play, sports, exercise and recreational industries.

To remind you, both fairs will take place simultaneously and side by side – from 5 to 8 November 2019. At Koelnmesse, the place to be.

Links

Two trade fairs, one congress

aquanale

5.11. – 8.11.2019

Koelnmesse

IAKS

5.11. – 8.11.2019

Congress

FSB

5.11. – 8.11.2019

Koelnmesse

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Xiamen Footpaths

Go your own way

Xiamen Footpaths

DISSING+WEITLING architecture

About

A 20-kilometre network of scenic footpaths and seven spectacular footbridges are set to become the new trademark of the city of Xiamen, China. The ambitious project, entitled Xiamen Footpaths, will create outstanding experiences in the exchange between bustling urban life and peaceful nature for the pedestrians of Xiamen.

Last year, the city of Xiamen opened the world’s longest bicycle bridge – Xiamen Bicycle Skyway – with the ambition to improve conditions for cyclists in the hectic Chinese traffic. Once again, Xiamen has chosen to focus on improving conditions for soft road users – this time the pedestrians.

Xiamen

A modern metropolis, Xiamen has a pulsating city-life and a hectic industrial port, while being situated on a mountainous island with a unique vegetation supported by a mild climate. The City of Xiamen envisioned a large-scale network of footpaths, elevated footpaths and footbridges that would connect the vibrant cityscape with the scenic natural surroundings.

The 20-kilometre route creates a new connection between city and nature – a system of elevated footpaths and footbridges that run through the city and across the island as a scenic, recreational artery. It will be a major attraction for the city and possibly become an icon for Xiamen that can attract tourists from all over the world.

Design

When designing the project, DISSING+WEITLING’s challenge was to create a coherent yet flexible design language that would be able to adapt to the incredibly different contexts. Xiamen Footpaths lead residents and visitors through the city and out into nature as a recreational artery among the treetops.

Seven unique footbridges appear as beacons in the landscape and create a link between parks, forests and viewpoints, where the city and landscape will unfold from a new perspective.

Danish momentum

Winning yet another infrastructure project in Xiamen, Dissing+Weitling continues their momentum in the Chinese city after the opening of Xiamen Bicycle Skyway in 2017. In close cooperation with local authorities, the winning proposal is currently being further developed and adapted to the city’s wishes. The comprehensive project has been named Xiamen Footpaths, and is expected to be completed already next year.

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Companies involved

Architect

DISSING+WEITLING architecture
Artillerivej 86, 3 tv,
2300 København S  
Dänemark

 

Renderings

DISSING+WEITLING architecture

Construction management

XMEDI – Xiamen Municipal
Engineering Design Institute

 

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Oxygen Park

A kind of magic

Oxygen Park in Doha

Aecom & Arup

Oxygen

Taking the elemental life-force of oxygen as its inspiration, Oxygen Park, is a unique public space designed for health and wellbeing in a desert environment. It has been created with the local community in mind, providing an open space in which to exercise, rest, and play.

Desert

Oxygen Park is inspired by the wind eroded rocks and fluid land formations of the desert. The path and running tracks are embedded in the topography to create an exciting training ground with looping tracks, cooled tunnel segments, and steep hills.

Night-time

The night-time lighting scheme and refreshing water features provide an attractive setting for evening sports activities and individual work-outs during cooler hours of the day.

Shadow

Oxygen Park features shaded running tracks, subterranean pitches for team sports, equestrian facilities, as well as more gentle recreation areas with a series of soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres.

A touch of magic

The ‘balloon lights’ floating above the subterranean grounds make the park visible from afar and add a touch of magic to the setting.

Oxygen Park is a man-made ‘green lung’ with a design inspired by nature. It is an antidote to the generic indoor gym environment and helps people to get back to nature, while fostering social engagement and promoting active healthy lifestyles.

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Companies involved and project data

Architects

AECOM & Arup

AECOM Director: Erik Behrens (Architecture Design Lead), Mark Blackwell, James Haig Streeter (Landscape Design Lead), Warren Osborne, Kevin Underwood

AECOM Team: Philip Dugdale, Alfredo Galindo, Eric Hallquist, Shafee Jones-Wilson, Wing Lai, James Manuel, John Neilson, Jonathon Reeves, Adam Rothwell, Jason Shinoda, Stephen Suen, Jack Wu

Address

Education City
Ar Rayyan
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Erik Behrens
AECOM

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Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

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KO Kindergarten

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Light Path

Light Path

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Academia Unileão

Simply beautiful

Academia Unileão in Juazeiro do Norte

Lins Arquitetos Associados

Situation

The Unileão gym & school building is located in Juazeiro do Norte, CE. It sits within the Cariri region, which is encompassed by the Brazilian northeastern steppe climate, an extremely dry and hot area. The building serves the Physical Education course offered by the University and is used by its students, faculty, and staff.

Location

The building was set in a pre-existing plateau that guided its East-West orientation, that is, with large facades exposed to a greater solar incidence every day of the year. This is not the ideal situation for the Brazilian semi-arid climate, and for that reason different thermal comfort strategies were applied to reduce the temperature inside the building.

Ground plan

The complex is formed by five circles of 7.80m radius, 6.00m of which are useful area and 1.80m are garden area. Each circle works as a cell destined for a different activity. Two cells are used for weight training, one for the reception and canteen, another for aerobic activities, and an administration and staff service cell. Each cell connects directly with one another forming a set of approximately 64 meters in length. Three verandas assist those connections and serve either to mark the main entrance of the gym or to support functional training.

Façade

As a way of minimizing the solar incidence directly inside the building all the facades were designed in three layers. The first and more external layer filters the sunlight and is designed with solid ceramic tiles distanced from one another such as to create a pattern that allows light in. This pattern brings three-dimensionality and volume to the facade, creating an interesting light and shadow effect. The second layer shelters an inside garden with species of vegetation adapted to the climate of the region and that contribute to creating a pleasant microclimate. The third and final layer is composed of pivoting frames of clear glass that allow the mechanical cooling of the gym if necessary.

Conclusion

The roofing of the building is designed with thermo-acoustic tiles that protect the interior of the building from excessive heat. The exposed concrete and solid ceramic tiles in their natural colors are the materials that stand out. The industrial flooring and all the exposed electrical and hydraulic installations bring an industrial feel to the interior of the building.

In summary, the building proposes to rationalize the spatial distribution, promoting an easy reading of the sectorization, while exploring the tactile and visual stimuli through materials, light and shadow effects, and vegetation, contributing to the comfort and permanence of users.

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Companies involved and project data

Architects

Lins Arquitetos Associados
Cintia Lins, George Lins
Rua Manoel Miguel dos Santos, 330
Juazeiro do Norte, Cariri 
Brasilien

Opening

2018

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Joana França

Built surface

964 m²

Address

Cidade Universitária
Juazeiro do Norte
Ceará, 63040-410
Brasilien

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Lins Arquitetos Associados

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Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals

The “Salle des fêtes de Pratgraussals”: versatile, in the south of France, part of the great “Festival Pause Guitare Sud de France”.

KO Kindergarten

KO Kindergarten

The KO Kindergarten creates incredible ways for children to develop. Through architecture only. From HIBBINOSEKKEI.

Light Path

Light Path

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Infinity London

Pool with a view

Infinity London

Compass Pool

Ambitious

Death defying swimming pools are set to become an architectural trend in central London, allowing visitors to float over 200 metres above the capital’s skyline. Pool designers at Compass Pools have developed Infinity London, the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool.

The pool is made from cast acrylic rather than glass, as this material transmits light at a similar wavelength to water so that the pool will look perfectly clear.

The floor of the pool is also transparent, allowing visitors to see the swimmers and sky above.

Getting into the water

Swimmers will access the pool through a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out. A little bit James Bond to boot!”

Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but the designers didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously they don’t want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either.

Building services

Other advanced technical features include a built-in anemometer to monitor the wind speed. This is linked to a computer-controlled building management system to ensure the pool stays at the right temperature and water doesn’t get blown down to the streets below.

Boasting an innovative twist on renewable energy, the pool’s heating system will use waste energy from the air condition system for the building. The hot gas that is produced as a by-product of creating cold air in the building will run through a heat exchanger to heat the water for the pool.

The pool is also fitted with a full spectrum of lights which will give the building the appearance of a sparkling jewel-topped torch at night.

Approach

Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley commented: “Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.

“But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’ “When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.

It will have a five-star international hotel on the top floors of the building with the pool used by the guests.

Microplastics in artificial turf

Not with us!

Rainwater treatment retains microplastics from artificial turf

Hauraton

Microplastics

Artificial turf on sports fields provides an excellent playing surface. But use and drainage of this result in microplastics being flushed out into precipitation and surface waters. This is a challenge that Hauraton is overcoming with responsible environmental technology. The drainage specialist, based in the Baden region, has a safe and effective solution for filtering and retaining microplastic particles. In the Sportfix®Clean drainage system and channel filter with filter substrate Carbotec 60, particles down to the smallest size of 0.45 µm (0.00045 mm) are reliably removed by filtering.

With sports fields increasingly being equipped with artificial turf worldwide, this is highly relevant. The synthetic surfaces are very robust, require much less care than natural turf and offer higher quality standards for the safety of athletes. On modern surfaces, playing properties such as ball roll behaviour are very close to natural turf on sports pitches. The high useful life of around 1,700 hours per year compared to 400 to 800 hours for natural turf, a service life of at least ten years and greatly reduced maintenance effort are all benefits of artificial turf.

Text

Petra Pahl

Photographs

Hauraton

Supplier

Hauraton GmbH & Co. KG
Werkstraße 13
D-76437 Rastatt

Mechanical wear creates tiny plastic particles

Artificial turf surfaces are a type of plastic carpet. When playing on the surfaces, the EPDM granulate (the material used for infilled artificial turf) and the synthetic grass fibres are exposed to repeated strain. The mechanical wear from higher tread loads – as created during football or rugby – causes tiny particles or blades of artificial grass to break off. This amounts to 250 to 300 kg per year for modern sports fields.

These particles need to be prevented from entering the natural water cycle, and finally the food chain, via rainwater draining off the pitch. Research over the last few years has shown that microplastics, which are now present in large quantities in the world’s oceans, have also already entered our food chain. The health consequences are not yet known. To prevent plastic particles from reaching water bodies, collected surface water must be filtered before it is distributed.

Increased maintenance intervals offer reliability

This channel filter functions according to the principle of surface filtration. It is therefore twice as effective: not only plastic parts are retained on the filter surface, but also pollutants such as heavy metals or hydrocarbons.

The system has been proven to work reliably over very long periods. Long maintenance intervals and simple cleaning represent additional benefits. After many years of use, filter cake forms on the surface of the filter. This is stripped off during maintenance  and then only the filter substrate that was removed  is replenished.

Whether on a hockey field or  football pitch – wherever artificial turf surfaces are used, drainage systems are also usually required. In addition to safe drainage, Sportfix Clean channels also offer a simple way to filter the waste water and permanent retention of plastic particles and pollutants. This economical filter system can also be installed at existing facilities.

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Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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