Sport – In 2021 MAD Architects is set to complete a 30,000-person vanishing stadium as part of its larger Quzhou Sports Campus project – now on construction. Located in Quzhou, in China’s Zhejiang province, the 570,000 square meters park features also a 10,000-person capacity gymnasium, a swimming pool, outdoor auxiliary training grounds, an athlete service and experience center, as well as a science and technology museum and a children’s place.
Natural slopes and lush vegetation reflect Quzhou’s urbanscape which has 71.5% of its land covered in forest. All buildings are embedded into the ground, whereby the façade disappears into the terrain, covered by greenery so that it becomes the landscape itself. White contours engrave curves into the surface, with some functioning as pedestrian walkways.
“The sloping façade naturally serves as a new place for citizens to engage in exercise, and offers the opportunity to ‘climb’ the architecture. The lawn also provides a place where people can relax after their sports, introducing a new public green space in the city,” explain at MAD Architects.
“Inside, the buildings feature skylights of the various athletic facilities. They do not only introduce natural light into the interior spaces of the buildings, but also serve to function as alternative lookout points for citizens once they have traversed the buildings to their peak, breaking the boundaries between indoor and outdoor”.
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The hidden volume of the of the 30,000-seat capacity stadium recedes into the landscape so that its function disappears. Hovering above is a rain cover, that with outstanding visual effect, abandons the stereotypical design. This is achieved through the material selection and the actual design of the structural nodes that satisfy the practical functions of a rain cover.
The internal dome of the 10,000-seat gymnasium hides the design details inside the structure. The smooth roof encompasses a concrete shell that spans 130 meters. The sports lighting is integrated and embedded into the ceiling structure, ensuring simple but complete expression of the building’s structural beauty and performance.
The swimming pool is composed by 3 bubbles combined and aligned on an axis that runs through their center, form the overall space and structure of the building. The perfect circular shape of the sphere references the building’s function and has been applied in order to minimize the cost of the structure as well. Simultaneously, natural light is introduced into the interior through circular apertures in the ceiling.
In planning the expansive sports campus, MAD has integrated many pedestrian walkways that interlace with one another, inviting citizens to leisurely explore the park. A large number of bicycle paths have also been introduced, acting as an extension of the urban roads through an express lane that allows daily commuters to pass through the park and its forested areas, and experience the beauty of nature.
“Using imagination as a driving force, the complex, while dedicated to competitive sports and training, will also become a place for leisure activities for the public,” add at MAD Architects. “The buildings of the Quzhou Sports Campus are integrated into the terrain, transcending practicality, functionality and expressing aesthetic appeal.”
All images of the Quzhou Sports Campus: courtesy of MAD Architects.
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