2018 Winter Olympics Nordic Events Venues
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Alpensia Sports Park
Location PyeongChang,, Gangwon Province, Korea
Scope Planning, Landscape Architecture
SWA provided master planning and concept landscape architecture for PyeongChang 2018’s Nordic Events Venues. The design connects the Ski Jumping, Cross Country and Biathlon stadia and associated facilities via a curving promenade that will make attending the Olympics an exciting people experience with simple transportation and operations logistics.
SWA’s unusually compact solution sited and sculpted the over 100m high K125 and K98 Ski Jumps and stadium with minimal grading; married a Biathlon stadium with a pre-existing Biathlon shooting range; and added a Cross Country stadium between the two. The Biathlon and Cross Country courses extend from the respective stadia into the surrounding terrain and adjacent unbuilt valleys. Additional facilities include K60, K35 and K15 practice ski jumps and a three-lift recreational ski area above the Olympic Village. In summer, the stadia are used for off-season training and most of the terrain of the Biathlon and Cross Country courses transforms into an 18-hole golf course.
The master planning was driven by the desire to use a light touch while creating the highest-quality competition venues. To maintain the natural beauty of this hilly forested site, the design team pursued a compact, walkable development pattern, minimal grading, reforestation, and waterway restoration.