2019 Best-Designed Sports Stadiums (part 1)

Thanks to the World Cup, the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl, 2018 is the year of crowning sports architecture. Architectural works on stadiums and sports centers are always designs of community value and great influence on the country.

Dezeen’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Tom Ravenscroft (the world’s most popular and influential design and architecture magazine in the world, and also won many awards for journalism and publishing) has released a list of the 10 best stadiums and sports centers of the year.

1. Luzhniki Stadium, Russia, upgraded by Speech

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia is the venue for both the opening and final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is also the focus of this year’s biggest sporting event. Built in 1958, this historic stadium has been overhauled by Speech studio in Moscow before the tournament to meet FIFA standards and increase audience capacity from 78,000 to 81,000.

2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, United States, designed by HOK

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was designed by HOK for the American football industry. It replaced Georgia Dome to become the home of the NFL Atlanta Atlantacons team. This stadium has a capacity of 71,000 people. The retractable roof forms eight large petals and can open/close like the camera aperture

3. Dolní Břežany Gymnasium, Czech Republic, built by Sporadical

Built with an elementary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, south of Prague, the Dolní Břežany gymnasium is covered with reflective aluminum panels to help conceal its size. This gym is used by both schools and towns for sporting activities, and serves as a cultural venue.

4. Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Stadium, South Korea, built by DaeLim Construction

The sports center of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Games are temporary stadiums that have held both the opening and closing ceremonies of the sports. This pentagonal stadium holds 35,000 seats, was built by DaeLim Construction. After the tournament, the stands are being removed leaving a sustainable structure, they will be built into a museum to celebrate the Winter Olympics.

Impressive Roman Architecture

Historical monuments, baroque fountains, modern architecture, lovely streets and pizza shops on every street corner etc. It can take you up to a month to explore Rome.

1. MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art

This beautifully architectural museum is a work of Zaha Hadid. This is a showcase of outstanding architecture and artworks of the city. Also, this is the venue for exhibitions and impressive collections of famous names.

2. Pantheon Temple

Pantheon Temple is one of the first places to visit. And a lot of people will come back again and again for the beautiful architecture and so much to do and the things to explore around it. You should go early in the morning to avoid the crowds so you can enjoy the high-tech look in dome design without being bothered by the noise.

3. Galleria Borghese

This Renaissance villa is one of the most important cultural institutes in Rome. It contains valuable collections of Caravaggio and Canova. Not only attracts tourists by the hours of art, the large campus with fruit trees and flower gardens is also a reason to lure visitors.

4. Trevi fountain

The best tip for a good visit is an evening walk when the noisy crowds of the daytime have subsided, the baroque fountains appear magically in the dim light of the moon and the street lights.

5. Roman square

This large square is located between Venezia square and the Roman arena in the center of Rome. It used to be the center of religion, government and commerce of the old empire and is the address not to be missed of Rome.

6. Museum of Contemporary Art Rome

The modern building of glass and steel opened in 1999. Located in Via Nomentana, the museum is not too crowded but is a favorite destination for art aficionados. There is also an exhibition area for fans of Pink Floyd, as a fun feature in the traditional art scene.