Thursday, January 30, 2014

Architecture is Sporting a New Look...

Quote for February:

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." -Edward de Bono

With the Superbowl just days away, I thought it might be fun to take a look at some fascinating examples of stadium architecture.

Beijing Aquatic Center in Beijing, China

Beijing's Aquatic Center draws its inspiration from the image of bubbles clustered together. It is known as the "Water Cube."   The building has a square form that is counterpart to the Beijing Olympic Stadium's roundness which is located nearby.  The two stadiums create the yin and yang.  A maze of steel beams holds the plastic wall panels together.  The effect when lit up at night is spectacular! 

Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, China

Beijing's National Stadium is often referred to as the "Bird's Nest." The form and latticework of this stadium were inspired by Chinese ceramics.  Taking nearly four and a half years to build, the stadium is seen as a public vessel.  Most people will recall the opening Olympic ceremony in 2008 which dramatically showcased this architectural tour de force.

David S. Ingalls Rink at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut USA

The Ingalls Rink, designed by Eero Saarinen, is a beautiful example of the renowned architect's graceful tensile structures. Given its function as an ice rink, the inspiration for the design is the speed and grace of ice skaters. A concrete arch provides the support for the suspended steel cables.  Designed in 1956, it is commonly referred to as the Yale Whale.

Truly amazing structures that undoubtedly enhance the experience for avid sports spectators.  Architecture has the remarkable power to make any event extraordinary.

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