POPULOUS – winning designs and architecture
As an aesthetically-conscious and tech-savvy country, Korea places a premium on innovative design.
This explains why the edgy global architecture and design firm POPULOUS, which has its Asian headquarters in Australia, has been successful in winning competitions to design creative sporting venues in Korea.
POPULOUS won a competition to design the NC Dinos Baseball Park in Changwon, in the south of Korea. The 22,000 seat NC Dinos Baseball Park features rooftop gardens stretching the length of the building area, and is set to become the social and recreational hub of the region.
The stadium is surrounded by interactive parklands, and to maximise efficiency, all the commercial and retail spaces in the stadium (restaurants, shops, function room and café) have been designed for use outside game days. The project is scheduled for completion for the 2019 season.
POPULOUS also designed the winning scheme (which was then implemented by a local architect) for the Incheon Asian Games Stadium, the main arena for the 2014 Asian Games. The multipurpose stadium held some 60,000 people during the games. Its unique 'collapsible' design means it can be re-purposed into a single-sided grandstand for 30,000 people as part of a more frequently usable public open space.