POSTED: May 11th 2012
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PyeongChang 2018: SWA Group behind the spectacular venues at the heart of the Games

The statuesque ski jump venue that will be the centerpiece of the PyeongChang 2018 Games / PyeongChang 2018
The statuesque ski jump venue that will be the centerpiece of the PyeongChang 2018 Games / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

May 11 – The international design group SWA Group has been behind the creation of the compact venues for the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics. SWA has offices in San Francisco, Sausalito, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dallas, Houston, Shanghai and the United Arab Emirates.

SWA Group is one of the world’s leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design firms and together with the design-build team, led by Taeyoung, laid out the high tech facilities that will stage the winter Games.

These include the statuesque ski jumping stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held and the adjacent cross country and biathlon stadia and the connecting promenade facilitating access.

The facilities were built with the support of the Gangwon Province and the national government and were originally conceived for the 2014 Olympic bid. They opened in 2009 and play a large part in developing the area’s winter sports tourism market.

The Alpensia Sports Park has already hosted the 2009 Biathlon World Championships and the 2011 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup.

The venues are multi-purpose and in summer, most of the land of the Biathlon and Cross Country courses transforms into an 18-hole golf course and the stadia transform into sports fields and courts.

In a statement released today they noted on the principal aim of the project: “To create attractive, high quality facilities while maintaining the natural beauty of this hilly forested site, the design team pursued a compact, walkable development pattern, minimal grading, and extensive reforestation and waterway restoration.”

Marco Esposito, leader of the SWA’s team, said, “The master planning was driven by the desire to use a ‘light touch’ while creating exciting, highest-quality competition venues.

 “To create attractive, high quality facilities while maintaining the natural beauty of this hilly forested site, the design team pursued a compact, walkable development pattern, minimal grading, and extensive reforestation and waterway restoration.”

After the Seoul summer Olympics in 1988 this will be Korea’s first winter Games taking place February 9-25, 2018.


Keywords · SWA Group · PyeongChang 2018 · Alpensia Sports Park · Gangwon Province


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