Populous reveals plans for wide-ranging gaming complex

Architecture firm Populous has unveiled conceptual designs for the ‘Gaming House of the Future’, an innovative new esports training centre.

Populous said the centre, which was presented at WIRED Live today (Thursday) at the Tate Modern in London, will “take the performance of professional esports athletes to the next level”.

The concept has been unveiled as the esports industry continues to grow, with a number of large-scale, purpose-built venues having been built across the world. Indeed, Populous itself earlier this year partnered with the City of Arlington in Texas on the new Esports Stadium Arlington project, a 100,000-square-foot space that it is set to become the largest venue of its kind in the US.

The Gaming House of the Future has been designed to accommodate separate space for wellness, performance and living to support the esports athletes that would use it. The two-tower design incorporates two pre-existing buildings as part of its wider development.

The facility will feature a clear physical divide between training facilities in one tower and areas dedicated to downtime and relaxation in the other. The South Tower features plans for sleeping quarters, a lounge, gym and physiotherapy room, while the North Tower would house training and data analysis facilities such as The Cube, which will offer athletes ‘battle stations’ that will be configured to meet their specific requirements. Other features include a swimming pool and rooftop gardens.

Christopher Lee, managing director EMEA at Populous, said: “The esports industry is booming but its stars, the elite gamers, are not benefitting from the range and quality of training facilities their counterparts in mainstream sports have come to take for granted. Facilities like the Gaming House of the Future will help to focus minds on the physical and mental wellbeing of esports athletes and provide environments that support the continued growth of professional gaming.”

The living spaces at the Gaming House of the Future will be open and flooded with daylight to ensure athletes suffer no mental or physical fatigue by staying in rooms with little or no natural light. Healthy menus will also be offered, while additional features of the complex include a skate park and climbing wall.

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