The Buildings of the Winter Olympics: PyeongChang 2018 | The B1M

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The Buildings of the Winter Olympics: PyeongChang 2018 | The B1M
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  • The 2018 Olympics hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the largest-ever winter Games
  • with athletes from more than 80 nations competing across 102 events.
  • A total of 12 venues will stage the spectacle, with six existing facilities being refurbished
  • and six being constructed from scratch. Here we take a look at the highlights.
  • These will be the second Olympics to have been held in South Korea – with Seoul hosting
  • the summer Games back in 1988 – and the first of three successive Games to be held in Asia,
  • with Tokyo following in 2020 and Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022.
  • Compared to the efforts of the recent host cities of Rio in Brasil and Sochi in Russia,
  • preparations for Pyeongchang have been a model of efficiency,
  • with the majority of venues complete six months before the Games.
  • The events are gathered around two main veunes. The Pyeongchang Mountain cluster,
  • focused on the Alpensia Resort, will host outdoor sports, while the coastal city of Gangneung,
  • some 20 kilometers east of the mountain, will host indoor sports.
  • At the heart of the Games will be the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium; a temporary venue that will
  • seat 50,000 people for the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • The $78 million USD pentagonal arena will also host medal ceremonies.
  • After the Games, the stadium will be dismantled. Although this is unusual for a main Olympic Stadium,
  • a similar temporary facility was used during the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
  • Critically this means that after the games Pyeongchang will not be left with an expensive
  • white elephant that would be potentially unsuitable for a small resort.
  • One of the main venues at the Pyeongchang mountain cluster, the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
  • was originally planned as a spectacular venue for the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Built in 2008, in anticipation of winning the rights to host the Winter Olympics,
  • the 11,000 seat venue will host the ski jumping and the Nordic combined events.
  • As the landing area for ski jumpers is approximately the same size as a football pitch,
  • the venue has also been designed for football in the summer months,
  • making this perhaps one of the world’s strangest football stadiums.
  • The $114.5 million USD Alpensia Sliding Centre is one of the six venues purpose built for the games.
  • The centre, that will host the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events, can accommodate 7,000 spectators.
  • The track has been constructed 2,018 meters long – commemorating the year of the Games.
  • While the construction of the venues has progressed on time, avoiding the controversy that over shadowed
  • the build-up to both Rio and Sochi, the choice of location for one venue has been extremely controversial.
  • The Jeongseon Alpine Centre is a new ski slope that will be home to the alpine speed events
  • of downhill, Super-G and combined.
  • The course is located in a 500-year-old protected forest on Gariwang Mountain, the only location
  • in the region that could meet Olympic requirements for a vertical drop of 2,600 feet (or 800 meters).
  • To allow the development to happen, the Korea Forestry Service controversially removed
  • the mountain from its list of protected forestland.
  • To minimize the damage to Mount Gariwang the men's and women's courses have been combined
  • into one field for the first time at a Winter Olympics.
  • In Gangneung, some 20 kilometers east of the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster,
  • three new venues are being constructed for the games.
  • With ice hockey making up an incredible 40% of the total ticket sales at a typical Winter Olympic Games,
  • the most popular of these will undoubtedly be the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
  • Costing $90 million USD, this is the first arena to have been specifically designed
  • and built for ice hockey in South Korea.
  • With a capacity of 10,000, the venue is designed to give spectators an up-close and personal
  • experience with the audience just 1.6 meters away from the rink.
  • A key part of Gangneung’s strategy to become a winter sports destination after the Olympics,
  • the Ice Arena will be the venue for short track and figure skating during the Games.
  • The arena has a capacity of 12,000 with an air maintenance system that keeps the spectator
  • area at a temperature of 59 Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity.
  • This system can also control the temperature of the ice rink surface so that the venue
  • can stage both figure skating and short-track events on the same day.
  • The third purpose built venue in the Gangneung grouping, the Oval will host speed skating
  • competitions during the Olympics.
  • Effectively a giant shed, the building will be the largest pillar-less structure in South Korea,
  • offering 7,635 spectators uninterrupted views of the action.
  • Aware of the extremely high costs of previous Olympics, the budget for Pyeongchang has been
  • tightly controlled with the event set to cost an estimated $10BN USD;
  • a fraction of the eye-watering $50BN USD spent by Russia on the Sochi Games.
  • Unfortunately for architecture fans, this frugalness is reflected
  • in the unambitious pragmatic architecture of the venues.
  • However, if the Games are run as efficiently as the construction,
  • Pyeongchang looks set to be an extremely successful Olympics.
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The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be the largest-ever winter Games. Here we take a look at the key buildings and facilities hosting events - from ice hockey to ski jumping! For more videos by The B1M subscribe now - http://ow.ly/GxW7y

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