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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Athletes Village

As the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is finally around the corner after postponed for a year, the organisers revealed the newly built Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Village in Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo. The athlete’s village is surrounded by seas with the views of Tokyo Bay and it will start hosting both Olympians and Paralympians 10 days before the opening ceremony.

The village is divided into different areas: the Residential Zone is where athletes will reside during the Games and includes the main dining hall; the Operational Zone is where the main functions required for the operations of the village is; and the Village Plaza is a facility that supports the daily needs of the athletes including a cafe, store, media centre and more.

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The Athletes Village
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Residential Buildings

There are 21 buildings in the residential zone, each with 14 to 18 floors and consists around 3,800 units, 18,000 beds for the Olympic athletes and 8,000 beds for the Paralympic athletes.

The bedrooms are equipped with windows or doors to enable sufficient ventilation to keep the air fresh. To encourage sustainability, bed frames in their rooms are made of cardboard and are 100 per cent recycle, and there will be blackout curtains as well, allowing athletes to sleep and rest at any time.

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The residential buildings
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Single bedroom
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Twin bedroom
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Main Dining Hall

With the main dining hall opened 24 hours, they are able to serve about 45,000 meals daily for the athletes. The hall has about 2,100 seats for the Olympians and 1,700 seats for the Paralympians.

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Main dining hall
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The organisers prepared 700 food options, offering a wide selection of meals depending on the athletes’ eating habits, cultures, and religions from different backgrounds. Nutritional components will also be displayed for each of the food serving to enable the athletes to plan their dietary intake. If they are not clear of the details of the meals, the athletes can always refer the nutritional help desk which they will be assisted by certified dieticians.

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700 food options for the athletes
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Multifunction Complex

The multifunction complex is a space where the athletes can relax after a tiring day as there will be medical care, casual dining, recreation and fitness services.

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Multifunction complex
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While the athletes may have to adhere to a strict protocol regarding leaving the Games’ area, the organisers assigned a casual dining area where the athletes can try different Japanese cuisines from traditional to contemporary foods.

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Medical clinic
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For the first time in Olympic history, a dedicated treatment programme that provides comprehensive medical care for female athletes is available at the clinic complex. The physical therapy department will also provide services in conjunction with the conditioning area in the fitness centre. Other services includes emergency care, internal medicine, dentistry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and clinical examinations.

Village Plaza

The Village Plaza is where the athletes can relax and take a stroll when they’re not in competition. It is constructed from timber given from local municipalities throughout the country as an expression of diversity and harmony. There will be various services available to support the daily needs of athletes including a hair salon, dry cleaner, courier counter, bank, photo studio and many more.

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Village Plaza
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Once the Olympic and Paralympic Games is over, the buildings will be renovated for use as general residential apartments. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been working on compiling “the model plan of the post-games-use of the Olympic and Paralympic Village”, and aims to establish a new community where a diverse range of people can interact and live comfortably at the site.

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Iconic Skyscrapers and Buildings in Shanghai, China

Shanghai is one of the most populous urban area in China and perhaps among the world cities too. A global center for finance, research, technology, manufacturing, and transportation; the port of Shanghai is the world’s busiest container port. With the development of the city, the Chinese government has built multiple iconic skyscrapers and buildings in Shanghai.

Here’s the list of some of our favourite architectures in Shanghai, China.

Shanghai Tower
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A 128 storey skyscraper at 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building across the city. It is not only tall, it also has the world’s second-fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 meters per second (74km/h).

The Shanghai Tower incorporates numerous green architecture elements and received certifications from the China Green Building Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council for the building’s sustainable design.

The building is designed to capture rainwater for internal use, and to recycle a portion of its wastewater. The rain and waste water are recycled to flush toilets and irrigate the tower’s green spaces.

The double-layered insulating glass façade was designed to reduce the need for indoor air conditioning, and is composed of an advanced reinforced glass with a high tolerance for temperature variations. In addition, the building’s heating and cooling systems use geothermal energy sources.

Shanghai World Financial Center
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Located inn Pudong district of Shanghai, the 101-storey tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, one of the largest architecture firms in New York City.

Park Hyatt Shanghai is the Shanghai World Financial Tower’s hotel component and it is one of the highest hotel in the world.

The skyscraper is occupied by many international financial companies, including those involved in banking, insurance, securities and fund management, such as Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Bank of Yokohama, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Korea Development Bank.

Jin Mao Tower
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Jin Mao Tower, also in Pudong district, means ‘Golden Prosperity’ building in Chinese. The tower contains shopping mall, offices and the anchor tenant, Grand Hyatt Shanghai hotel which starts from the 53rd floor onwards.

The building made news several times due to controversial happenings including the unauthorised climb of the building by French urban climber Alain Robert. He was arrested, jailed for 5 days and expelled from China.

Shimao International Plaza
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Shimao International Plaza is a 333.3 m tall skyscraper of 60 floors in Shanghai’s Huangpu District. It was completed in 2006 under the design of Ingenhoven, Overdiek und Partner, East China Architecture and Design Institute.

The tower has two spires on its top, which make its total construction height to 333.3 metres. Most of the building (the upper 48 floors) houses the Le Royal Méridien Shanghai hotel with 770 rooms. The building also includes a 9 floor shopping mall and 3 floors of exclusive clubs.

White Magnolia Plaza
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The White Magnolia Plaza, also known as Sinar Mas Center, is a tower whose construction was earlier suspended, but resumed construction in 2013, and was completed on January 4, 2017. It is located north of the Bund, the river-front district of Shanghai, adjacent to the international cruise terminal. The original proposal called for a 388-meter tower, but it was later scaled down to 260 meters, and then the third and final design was changed to 319.5 meters.

Shanghai Wheelock Square
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Shanghai Wheelock Square is a skyscraper located in Puxi, Shanghai. The building has 58 floors, and just over 100,000 m2 of prime office space. It is located across the street from the Jing’an Temple Station on Shanghai Metro Lines 2 and 7.

Plaza 66
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An office building and integrated commercial complex, Plaza 66 is the space for many luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Celine, Escada, Bvlgari, Fendi, Loewe, Prada, Versace and Lanvin.

They were also the spot for a famous Shanghai nightclub, M2 until the year 2010 where they moved to another location.

Tomorrow Square
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Tomorrow Square is a building located near to the People’s Square in Huangpu, Puxi. This multi-purpose building contains a 342-room JW Marriott hotel, and 255 executive apartment units.

Starting from a square base, the all-concrete Tomorrow Square tower transforms itself into a diagonal square as it rises to a peak. Engineers of the exterior vertical support system were faced with a unique challenge as a result of this unusual shape.

K11
K11 Shanghai shanghai Iconic Skyscrapers and Buildings in Shanghai, China k11 shanghai
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K11 is an office building and shopping mall, located near Huaihai Park ,Xintiandi area , in the former Luwan District of Shanghai. It is 278 meters high and was designed by Bregman and Hamann Architects. It overlooks the People’s Square across the Yan’an Elevated Road.

Formerly called the Hong Kong New World Tower, the building was reopened on May 28, 2013 as K11. Planned by Hong Kong billionaire Adrian Cheng, renovations aimed to create a union between retail and art.

One Lujiazui
One Lujiazui Shanghai shanghai Iconic Skyscrapers and Buildings in Shanghai, China One Lujiazui
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One Lujiazui, previously known as Development Tower, is a skyscraper in Shanghai.

Completed in 2008, the tower stands at 269 metres tall. The glass highrise’s primary use is as an office building, though it also offers over 6,000 square metres of residential space. One Lujiazui is located near the Lujiazui Central Park, by the Huangpu River.