World’s best sports stadia and buildings shortlisted for World Architecture Festival Awards


The World Architecture Festival has announced its shortlist of the best sports building and stadia design projects for its annual award ceremony, which lists 11 strong candidates including Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Optus Stadium competing for the architectural excellence gong.

The WAF is the world’s largest architectural event dedicated to celebrating the very best in design and architecture projects and spans 32 categories ranging from residential and infrastructure, hotel and leisure, to commercial use, education and religion.

In the sport category, recent completed buildings include a varied selection of some of the world’s most creative and innovative stadium projects. Alongside super-sized professional sports stadia are university sports centers, sports halls and gymnasiums.

An example of the spectrum of projects to be judged by an expert panel includes the Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School in Thailand (above), which is made entirely of bamboo and built to accommodate 300 students, in contrast to the Atlanta Falcons’ environmentally conscious Mercedes-Benz Stadium behemoth.

The WAF will take place on November 28-30 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where leading architects and designers behind each project will present to international juries to compete for awards.

The full list of buildings in the sports category are:

Vestre Fjord Park

Aalborg, Denmark


HuangLong Swimming and Diving Sports Center (below)

Hangzhou, China

Central-South Architectural Design Institute Co.

Bamboo Sports Hall at Panyaden International School

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiangmai Life Architects

Çankaya University Sports Center

Ankara, Turkey

Erkal Architects

Sportcampus Zuiderpark (bottom)

The Hague, Netherlands

FaulknerBrowns Architects

Optus Stadium

Perth, Australia

Hassell, Cox & HKS

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta, USA


Gymansium, Blaise Pascal High School

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion

Southsea, UK

PAD Studio

Luzhniki stadium

Moscow, Russia


Thialf Ice Arena

Heerenveen, Netherlands

August 15, 2018

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