Submissions are now open for the 2017 IOC/IPC/IAKS architecture prizes, with architects and operators invited to put forward their venue designs before the March 31 deadline.

The IOC/IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities celebrates outstanding buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design.

The patrons of the IOC/IAKS Award are the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

The award will comprise six categories. They are: major outdoor stadiums; community outdoor grounds and public areas; multi-purpose halls and major arenas; indoor facilities for sports leisure and recreation; pools, spas and wellness facilities; and specialised facilities for sports, leisure and recreation.

The IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility seeks to increase accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and structures to allow all people, regardless of their physical abilities, to participate in and view sport freely and without barriers.

The patrons of the IPC/IAKS Distinction are the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the IAKS.

The prizes have recognised the work of architects every two years since 1987. More than 450 projects have received rewards over the past 30 years.

This year’s award gala night takes place in Cologne, Germany in November.

More information on the awards can be found in the video below.