Archinect - News 2016-02-14T03:19:55-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center – 200 days before the games open Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-15T13:01:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6hgvy6h6zgzalbb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Rio de Janeiro canceled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis center on Thursday, just 200 days before the start of the games, fining the consortium responsible for delays and breach of contract for the mostly finished venue. [...] Rio City Hall, which is responsible for the construction, did not say how the tennis center, which is 90-percent complete, will be finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138956251/mvrdv-completes-the-couch-their-eighth-project-in-amsterdam MVRDV completes The Couch, their eighth project in Amsterdam Justine Testado 2015-10-14T14:51:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thezndwedpr1t16g.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the artificial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/362290/ijburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a> island east of Amsterdam, the local Tennisclub IJburg now has an ultra modern clubhouse known as The Couch, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> and Studio Bouwkunde. Construction began later than <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86623493/mvrdv-to-start-construction-on-the-couch-a-club-house-for-tennisclub-ijburg-in-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">originally announced</a> last April and the building recently opened its doors to the public. Despite what one might assume, the new clubhouse won't serve as the central hub for the club's activities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0r/0rrvsjb9urhavc2e.jpg"></p><p>The finished design stayed true to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86623493/mvrdv-to-start-construction-on-the-couch-a-club-house-for-tennisclub-ijburg-in-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the renderings</a>. Aside its brick-red polymer-sprayed exterior and coordinating tennis courts, the 36-meter long clubhouse features a 322 m2 rooftop that dips in the center toward the south side of the building, and then ascends to the north side to a height of 7 meters. The rooftop therefore creates a tribune with terraced seating that can "comfortably" seat up to 200 spectators, as MVRDV describes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ff/ffrb5vzfpdmhx9ni.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x7/x79dib46su7jk0hr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bf02wxjev72vko51.jpg"></p><p>Visitors lounging on the roof can watch a match in the center court or catch views of the IJburg on the other side. Anyone passing by the clubhouse can make a pit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86623493/mvrdv-to-start-construction-on-the-couch-a-club-house-for-tennisclub-ijburg-in-amsterdam MVRDV to start construction on The Couch, a club house for Tennisclub IJburg in Amsterdam Justine Testado 2013-11-15T19:52:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:31:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hozshna7lt9i7j8v.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Upon receiving approval, construction of MVRDV's The Couch is set to begin this month. The Couch is a club house that the Dutch firm designed together with co-architect Studio Bouwkunde for IJburg, a growing tennis club established in 2010 on an artificial island in Amsterdam.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/cotd8h57vk6m39ah.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bol5jnx1wdslavmg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6o9qjbjikgs44xn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of MVRDV.</em></p>