Archinect - News 2017-08-23T19:26:08-04:00 New $150M PTFE membrane roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium blocks the rain but not the noise Julia Ingalls 2016-09-06T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:55:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Watch professional tennis, and you'll notice that silence makes up a significant part of the game, to the point where spectators can hear the bounce of the ball each time it lands on the playing surface. The acoustics of the new Rossetti Architects-designed roof for the Arthur Ashe stadium, which reportedly is amplifying crowd conversations when it it closed as well being so noisy during a recent rainstorm that according to John McEnroe it's "hard to hear yourself think," are problematic. Ironically, the 210,00 square foot PTFE membraned retractable roof was installed partly to avoid rain delays during play. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> notes:</p><p>"It turns out that even casual conversations among fans were amplified as the noise&nbsp;reverberated inside. The roof was eventually fully closed during the second set, and the atmosphere reportedly sounded more like a ballpark and not like a tennis venue the players are used to." &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bi-parting Fixed Fabric Shell</em></p><p>For more in sporty architectural news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK wi...</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="434" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the artificial <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> and Studio Bouwkunde. Construction began later than <a href="" 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=""></p><p>The finished design stayed true to <a href="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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> 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="" width="650" height="361" 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="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of MVRDV.</em></p>