Singapore – The Singapore Sports Hub has been named Sports Building of the Year at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2014. Designed by Arup, DP Architects and AECOM, the Sports Hub beat five other entries from around the world to clinch this award.
Earlier in the week, the Sports Hub received a Design Award at Singapore Institute of Architects Architectural Design Awards 2014 for its excellent planning and unique ecosystem of sporting, leisure and retail spaces. This latest win further recognizes the Sports Hub’s architectural excellence among iconic sports-related buildings in the world.
“These awards bear testament to the design team’s dedication and effort over the last eight years,” says Teoh Hai Pin, director of DP Architects. “The Sports Hub has set a benchmark for the planning and design of future integrated sports developments around the world. More than a premier sporting venue, the Sports Hub is unique in that it is a destination that is truly meant for all. The organisation of the leisure and lifestyle elements as well as meaningful civic realms inspires and encourages community participation and inclusiveness. For this socially meaningful project to be recognized internationally and locally is very rewarding indeed.”
“It is fantastic for the design of the Singapore Sports Hub to be recognized in this way”, says Clive Lewis, Associate Director of Arup. “The design of the stadium has responded to our client’s very ambitious brief, the site context and the local climate. To me, the National Stadium is the hub within the Sports Hub. We wanted to create an icon of the dome roof which people can identify with elite sport and a world class sports destination. At the same time we wanted a vibrant and attractive precinct which will draw people to the Sports Hub every day of the week. We are very proud of how it has been received as a successful venue by the people of Singapore and the recognition of its architecture today is a proud moment for all of us in the design team.”
“Central to the success of Sports Hub is just how well integrated the masterplan design is, linking the precinct seamlessly – with its sports, community and leisure uses – to the city beyond,” said Jonathan Rose, Principal, Design + Planning, AECOM. “From creating great new public spaces for the community, to landscape features such as rainwater harvesting, sustainability is woven into the design of the Sports Hub. We are honoured to receive the awards for this project, as a model for how design can help create lasting value for the city, over the long term.”
The Singapore Sports Hub is Asia’s first integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination. Designed for legacy, it provides infrastructure for elite world-class events and programmes that encourage everyday public participation.