Arup Associates are honoured to have been awarded overall Architect of the Year and category winner for Singapore National Stadium at the International Design Awards (IDA) .This annual competition recognizes, honors and promotes design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design on global level.
Singapore National Stadium is a state-of-the-art 55,000 seat sports venue, air-cooled for comfort and designed with a movable roof and retractable seating to support the widest range of sports and leisure events throughout the year. It is the first stadium in the world custom designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket all in one venue. With a span of over 310m, the National Stadium is the largest free spanning dome structure in the world – and an awe inspiring event space, exemplifying the successful fusion of architecture and engineering. The design is focused on creating a close relationship with the city by opening the interior seating bowl and roof towards the waterfront and the city skyline providing spectators with breath-taking views.
Client: Dragages & Singapore Sports Hub
SINGAPORE NATIONAL STADIUM:
Architecture and Sports Venue Design: Arup Associates; Engineering: Arup
SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB DESIGN TEAM:
Arup Associates + Arup + DP Architects + AECOM
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS
Designers, thinkers and entrepreneurs created the International Design Awards in 2007 as a response to the lack of recognition and celebration for smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design. The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design world wide, conceptualizing and producing great work.
The members of the jury included Alice Blackwood Editor, Design Quarterly, Kahi Lee - Host, HGTV's "Design on a Dime", Style Network's "My Celebrity Home", Melissa Sterry - Interdisciplinary Design Scientist, Founder, Societas,Josh Rubin - Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting, Martin Venzky - Stalling, Senior Advisor, CMU STeP, Jeffrey Nemeroff - Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine, Jordan Landes-Brenman CEO, Haute House PR & Marketing, Raj Nandan - Managing Director, Indesign Group, William Menking - Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects' Newspaper, Nicole Lloyd - Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc., Rebecca Epstein Kong - Co-founder, Artware Editions, Aaron Kenedi - Editor-in-Chief, Print, Geraldine Grisey - Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary.
Previous Arup Associates' success at the International Design Awards includes Sky Studios Wind Turbine which was awarded Gold in the Sustainable Living Category.
The spiralling and tapering tower effectively mitigates the risk of resonant excitation from wind vortices through innovative passive design, without expensive damping systems. The twist of the tower acts in a similar way to a ‘strake’ commonly used on the tops of chimneys; introducing asymmetry to the flow which prevents the build-up of regular wind vortices. The perforated cladding also helps to mitigate direct excitation from wind, by allowing some wind to pass directly through the tower.