Icade Parcs d'Affaires–Grand Paris by Saguez & Partners: 2019 Best of Year Winner for Outdoor

With this striking project, thousands of French workers may no longer eat lunch at their desks. At least, that’s the hope of firm founder Oli...

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French conceptual artist Daniel Buren has put his signature stripes in subway stations, public plazas, and museums. His site-specific works use sim...
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Paintzen's trade partner program manages the entire painting process for designers. Interior design by Alicia Hassen of Brooklinteriors LLC and p...
A new wife meant a new life. Architect Clive Wilkinson had two small kids, Elisabeth (now proudly Mrs. Wilkinson) had one teenager. Each needed a b...
Making a specialty of cinema design, Ajax Law and Virginia Lung of One Plus Partnership have completed dozens of scene-stealing theater projec...
They say it takes a village. Or in this case, a housing development. Retained to design the latter in Hado-Ri, South Korea, UnitedLab Associates es...
The Asfour Guzy Architects-designed dining room of Lumaca in New York City. Photography by Sasha Maslov. New York architect Peter Guzy is ac...

Beijing Institute of Technology Sports Center by Beijing Yishijing Architecture Design Consulting: 2019 Best of Year Winner for Large Health/Wellness

It’s quite a leap from Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine to the new sports center at the Beijing Institute of Technology, a university that specializes in military science. But the Renaissance artist and inventor’s contraption was an inspiration for the soaring 170,000-square-foot structure. The flying machine’s influence can most clearly be seen in the ceiling treatment of the 3,000-seat stadium, which flanks one side of a wide hallway running through the center of the building, with the 10-lane swimming pool on the other. Suspended from the roof, the ceiling is comprised of concave and convex surfaces evoking wingspans.

Photography by Weiqi Jin.

Within the building, glass interior walls provide transparency wherever possible, a deliberate attempt by architect and firm principal Yingfan Zhang to encourage table-tennis players to try swimming or yoga and vice versa—just as success in academics is increasingly dependent on fluid, cross-disciplinary explorations. “It’s a new model for the Chinese educational system,” says Zhang, who was born in China and educated at the Cooper Union and Harvard University.

Photography by Weiqi Jin.
Photography by Weiqi Jin.

Photography by Weiqi Jin.

Project Team: Xiaojun Bu; Zhenwei Li; Kai Qin; Ping Jiang; Wei Huang; Tongwei Liu; Dehu Du; Jiahe Zhang; Ran Yan; Lairong Zheng; Jiaming Mei; Lidong Song; Xiaoxiao Zhao; Jingshi Zhang; Bida Wei.

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