Seoul 1988; Seoul Olympic Village

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The Seoul Olympic Village Park is located next to the Olympic Park.

Capacity 15,000 People
Buildings 86
Units 3,962
Opened September 1 to October 5, 1988
Facilities Athletes Hall, Swimming Pool, Administration Centre
Design Wang Il-in and Woo Kyu-sung
Legacy use Residential area




Source: Brochure real estate agent, February 2018
Source: Brochure real estate agent, February 2018


Source: Seoul Olympic Games Official Report Volume One (Page 532-533)



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PyeongChang 2018; Olympic village completed


Press release by POCOG:

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Villages complete ahead of the Games

PyeongChang, December 15 – The villages for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games are complete. A special ceremony took place today at the PyeongChang Village to recognize the completion of construction at both athletes’ villages, which will welcome their first guests on February 1.

The PyeongChang Village will be used to house up to 3,894 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Winter Games, and will then be used as the PyeongChang Paralympic Village where it will house up to 2,268 personnel. The second village in Gangneung will be used to accommodate more than 2,900 for the Olympic Winter Games only.

POCOG President LEE Hee-beom said, “The PyeongChang 2018 Villages are complete after years of hard work and we are pleased that they will serve as a legacy for the Games.

“The villages will serve as a place where athletes and officials can relax and connect with athletes from other nations, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by the President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG), LEE Hee-beom, along with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, DO Jong-whan, National Assembly Member YEOM Dong-yeol, Gangwon Province Vice Govenor SONG Suk-doo, Gangwon Provincial Assembly Chairman KIM Dong-il, President of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, LEE Kee-heung, President of the Korea Paralympic Committee, LEE Myung-ho, PyeongChang County Mayor SIM Jae-gook, some other representatives of provincial government agencies and a selection of local residents.

The PyeongChang Village consists of 600 units across eight 15-storey buildings and was constructed by Yongpyong Resort with 180 billion won of private investment. The Gangneung Village has 922 units across nine 25-storey buildings and was constructed by Korea Land and Housing Corporation at a cost of 214.6 billion won.

Both villages have been designed to provide a home from home for the participating athletes and officials, and have been built in locations that allow for short travel times to the respective competition venues near each village.

Onsite, residents will find a host of facilities that they’ve come to expect and enjoy at all Summer and Winter Games including a bank, post office, general store, laundry service, fitness centre, recreational centre, a beauty salon and a multi-faith centre. The villages also have a large dining facility that will cater a wide range of cuisines and dietary requirements and serve up meals 24 hours a day during the competition period.

Each athlete delegation will be part of an official welcome ceremony when they enter the village at the central square. This will be the site for various cultural events and performances during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games including K-pop concerts, traditional Korean musical performances and special mask dances on Lunar New Year’s Day. The cultural programme within the villages has been designed to meet the cultural vision of the Games and give all delegations the chance to experience more than just their competition venue and sport during their time in PyeongChang.

Both villages were offered for sale to the general public and were completely sold out in May, 2017 and November, 2017 in PyeongChang and Gangneung respectively. They will leave a legacy from the Games for generations to come.

All that remains to be done is the final overlay and completion of the temporary tents that will be used as village operational facilities. The construction on both villages began back in mid-2015 and was completed on time.

Barcelona 1992; Port Olímpic

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)


Part 29 – Barcelona 1992; Port Olímpic

The Port Olímpic hosted the sailing events for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

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Photos; Port Olímpic in 2013

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Barcelona 1992; Vila Olímpica (1)

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)


Part 28 – Barcelona 1992; Vila Olímpica (1)

For the Olympic Village, the wastelands of Pablo Nou were redeveloped. Nowadays, this is a residential area.


Map: Area Olympic Village


Photos; Olympic Village in 2017

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Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels


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Rio 2016; Olympic Village Apartments on sale in June

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According to The Rio Times, the Rio2016 Olympic Village apartments are expected to hit market in June.

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Olympic / Paralympic Village legacy mode

  • Renovations completed; 2017
  • Buildings; 31 (up to 17 floors)
  • Apartments; 3,604


Olympic / Paralympic Village during the Games

  • Year completed; 2016
  • Area; 200.000m2
  • Type; New and permanent.
  • Capacity; 31 Buildings with 18.000 beds.
  • Facilities; Recreation area, park, gym, doctor’s office, restaurant, religious centre, banks, hairdressers and coffee shops



Architecture of the Games Weekly – Issue #27/2016

This is the last weekly news listing for now. In the comming months we are going to focus entirely on Rio 2016. Architecture of the Games Weekly is back from October 7th.

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photo expo munich 1972
“Munich1972; The Design of a Democratic Body. The 1972 Olympic Games offered the host country, West Germany, an unrivalled opportunity to portray itself to the world as a modern, democratic and culturally aware nation. Various design disciplines played a central role in the preparations for the games. Architecture, design and landscape architecture were integrated in a total design intended to exude openness and inclusivity. This carefully constructed image was marred two weeks into the games when eight members of the Black September Organisation infiltrated the Olympic Village and took the Israeli team hostage. The exhibition Munich 1972. The Design of a Democratic Body tells this controversial story through the lens of design, by contrasting the narratives and aesthetic strategies of the organisers with the tactics deployed for their disruption. The exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut also examines the role of the media in spreading these stories.” | Photo: Martijn Giebels


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Events from July 1 to July 10; (see full event calender)

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The Rio 2016 Olympics will be a success?

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  • Strongly Agree 20%
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New poll July 2016; Four years on: London 2012 delivered the legacy that was promised.

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