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IOC/IAKS AWARD 2009 for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments


The IOC/IAKS AWARD and the IPC DISTINCTION are the most important international architecture awards for sports and leisure facilities. Their purpose is to bring to public attention to exemplary buildings and complexes in which good functionality harmonizes well with high-quality architectural design inside and outside.

The IPC/IAKS DISTINCTION is aimed at increasing the accessibility of all sports facilities and architectural projects in order to give opportunities to persons with a disability to practise and view sport freely and without barriers.

Facility Categories

The AWARD is being conferred in the following facility categories.
These may be new facilities or extensions, modernizations or
rehabilitations or existing buildings and complexes put to new use, be
it in the public or private sector.

  • A1 Stadiums: Spectator capacity at least 10,000
  • A2 Sports grounds: Spectator capacity 10,000 maximum
  • B1 Multipurpose halls and multifunctional arenas: Spectator capacity at least 2,500
  • B2 Sports halls: Spectator capacity 2,500 maximum
  • C Pools and wellness facilities: Indoor pools, outdoor pools, wellness and health facilities
  • D Winter sports facilities: Ice sports halls, ski jumps, indoor skiing centres etc.
  • E Special sports facilities: Special facilities, e.g. for motor racing, golf, beach sports, free climbing
  • F Sports centres: The concentration of several sports facilities at a single location


The clients/operators and architects/engineers of the facilities are eligible to enter. The entry must be jointly submitted by the operators and designers.

The facilities (new, extended or modernized) must have been in successful operation for at least one year. Eligible to enter the 2009 competition are facilities that were erected and went into operation between 1st January 2002 and 31st March 2008.

Closing Dates for Entries

For the entry, all the items listed under “Documents to be Submitted” must reach IAKS facilities by 31st March 2009 at the latest.

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