Architects discuss the architectural preliminary work they did to prepare for the 2019 Winter Olympics
Architects have begun to lay out the architectural design work they will be doing to prepare the Olympic Village for the 2022 Winter Games.
The first phase of the project is now underway, with a first wave of architecture drawings being completed in November.
A second phase will be completed later this year.
Architecture Designer John F. Schulz told Polygon that he had worked on preliminary designs for the first phase since the end of last year, with the first design being finished in May.
“I started with the original plan, which was to do something like a big building with an entry plaza and the stadium, but I wanted to do it in a way that was not as big as the previous one,” Schulz said.
“Then I had a meeting with [Olympic Village architect] David Seidel, and they asked me, ‘Are you going to do the actual building?’
I said, ‘Yes, but you’re going to have to build a new plaza.’
So we got the idea that we were going to build an area of what is called a ‘situational zone,’ which means that there are a lot of things that happen around the stadium and around the Olympic village.
So that is where the Olympic Park is.”
Schulz said the first architectural design was the largest he has ever done.
He also had the concept of the plaza on the plaza that he designed, and then he went back to the drawing board and went, ‘I think we’re going with a plaza.’
I’m pretty sure that the first one was the most elaborate.
“So it’s been a process of looking at a lot, a lot more architectural drawings, and we’re just working on it now, with no final plan yet,” Schulson said.
“It’s been really fun, and it’s kind of interesting to see that the designers that have been involved in the design are having fun with it, and I think it’s going to be a really great thing.
It’s not just going to look like a giant box, and that’s a very good thing.”
Forbes contributor David Seiland told Polygons project that he is thrilled with the preliminary designs.
“The architects really are doing something special,” he said.
“‘The Games’ is a good title for an architectural preliminary, and this is really an excellent architectural preliminary.
This is a really beautiful design, and the plaza is beautiful.””
This is a great design that we all know is going to make an impact on the Olympic legacy,” Seiland added.
“This design really sets the stage for the next one.”
In addition to Seiland, another designer, Peter P. Hsieh, also attended the meeting, as did three other architects who were also present.
“This preliminary design is a tremendous honor,” said David Seiler, president and CEO of the Olympic Development Corporation.
“We are honored to be partnering with architects such as Mr. Schulss and Mr. Seidel to bring this incredible design to life, and for their work to inspire us to continue the legacy of the Games.”
“We are thrilled that the Olympic Properties Corporation has partnered with us and will continue to support the future of the games by helping build the Olympic Reservation and hosting the 2024 Games,” said Peter P Hsie, president of the IOC and CEO, Olympic Properties Corp. “Our partnership with Mr. Hsiung and Mr Schul, as well as our partnership with Olympic Properties Co. will provide an incredible platform for our Games-related projects.”
The preliminary designs were completed in late May, with an architect’s final design expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
The work was done by the architects and design team from the Olympic Architecture Group.
A press release from the IOC reads, “The preliminary design was created to allow for the best possible construction site for the Games in a safe, environmentally friendly and efficient manner.
The final design was designed to provide a safe and environmentally sound site that is also conducive to the Games as well, while preserving the aesthetic qualities of the original design.”
Construction on the project will begin in 2020.
Construction on an Olympic Stadium was originally scheduled to begin in 2021, but has since been postponed due to a lack of funding.