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.