Winter Olympics organisers reveal progress of venue construction

by Kim Megson | 06 Sep 2016

Organisers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, have updated Sports Management on the construction progress of the seven new competition venues and other facilities being built for the Games.

South Korean architecture, construction and engineering firm Taeyoung have designed the facilities for the Olympics, which will be gathered around two main mountain clusters – the Alpensia resort for the outdoor sports and the coastal city of Gangneung for the indoor events.

Five existing facilities will also be used to host events such as ski jumping and cross-country skiing.

A new high speed railway will be completed in June 2017 to link the sites with each other, the two Olympic villages being created for the Games, and Incehon Airport in Seoul.

Meanwhile, new spectator accommodation – including Richard Meier’s Seamarq Hotel and Planning Korea’s plankton-inspired Gangneung Resort Hotel – have been built to support the Games and regenerate the region.

Construction update
PyeongChang Mountain Cluster

Landscape architects SWA have masterplanned the cluster so that the new courses seemingly extend from their respective stadia into the surrounding terrain and adjacent unbuilt valleys. To maintain the natural beauty of the hilly forested site, the design team “pursued a compact, walkable development pattern, minimal grading, reforestation, and waterway restoration.”

They have also added practice ski jumps and a three-lift recreational ski area to the site. In summer, the stadia can be used for off-season training, while much of the terrain will become an 18-hole golf course.

Jeongseon Alpine Centre

Name: Jeongseon Alpine Centre

Sports: Alpine Skiing – Downhill, Super-GCourse length: 2,852m (Men), 2,388m (Women)

Capacity: 6,500Construction progress: 69.5 per cent

Expected completion: October 2016Consultant: former ski jumper Bernhard Russi

Alpensia Sliding Centre

Name: Alpensia Sliding Centre

Sports: Bobsleigh, Skeleton, LugeCourse length: 2,018m

Capacity: 7,500Construction progress: 88.3 per cent

Expected completion: October 2016Construction firm: Daelim

Olympic Plaza

Name: Olympic Plaza (for opening and closing ceremonies)

Capacity: 50,000 (temporary venue to be dismantled after the Games)Construction progress: 14 per cent

Expected completion: September 2017

PyeongChang Olympic Village

Name: PyeongChang Olympic VillageFacilities: Hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and condominiums

Capacity: 3,500 athletes Construction progress: 30 per cent

Expected completion: September 2017Masterplan architect: Brent Thompson Architects

International Broadcasting Centre

Name: International Broadcasting Centre

Construction progress: 19.9 per centExpected completion: April 2017

Construction update
Gangneung Coastal Cluster

Gangneung Ice Arena

Name: Gangneung Ice Arena

Sports: Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Ice DanceCapacity: 12,500

Construction progress: 91.4 per centExpected completion: November 2016

Gangneung Oval

Name: Gangneung Oval

Sports: Speed SkatingCapacity: 8,000

Construction progress: 73.4 per centExpected completion: January 2017

Gangneung Hockey Centre

Name: Gangneung Hockey Centre

Sports: Ice HockeyCapacity: 10,000

Construction progress: 91.4 per centExpected completion: November 2016

Kwandong Hockey Centre

Name: Kwandong Hockey Centre

Sports: Ice HockeyCapacity: 6,000

Construction progress: 93 per centExpected completion: October 2016

Gangneung Olympic Village

Name: Gangneung Olympic Village

Construction progress: 28 per centExpected completion: September 2017

Gangneung Media Village

Name: Gangneung Media Village

Construction progress: 32 per centExpected completion: September 2017

Existing facilities

• Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre• Alpensia Biathlon Centre

• Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre• Yongpyong Alpine Centre

• Bokwang Snow Park

Winter Olympics  PyeongChang 2018  sport  architecture  design  South Korea 
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Organisers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, have updated Sports Management on the construction progress of the seven new competition venues and other facilities being built for the Games. South Korean architecture, construction and engineering firm Taeyoung have designed the facilities for the Olympics, which will be gathered around two main mountain clusters – the Alpensia resort for the outdoor sports and the coastal city of Gangneung
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