Work underway on Quzhou Sports Campus in China

WCN Editorial Team 27 Apr 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction is underway on the 570,000m² Quzhou Sports Campus, which is designed by MAD Architects, in China.

Claimed to be a large urban park, the Quzhou Sports Campus is being developed by EADG in collaboration with PWP Landscape Architecture, and structural consultant Schlaich Bergermann Partner.

The cultural and recreational complex will feature a 30,000-person stadium, a swimming pool, a 10,000-person gymnasium, an athlete service centre, outdoor auxiliary training grounds, a science and technology museum, and a children’s area.

MAD stated: “The buildings are embedded into the ground, whereby the façade disappears into the terrain, covered by greenery so that it becomes the landscape itself.

“While contours engrave curves into the surface, some function as pedestrian walkways. Thus, the sloping façade naturally serves as a new place for citizens to engage in exercise, and offers the opportunity to ‘climb’ the architecture.”

The first phase of the complex is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Upon completion, the campus is expected to become the largest earth shelter building complex in the world, MAD noted.

A fitness bike path will also surround the perimeter of the park to provide exercise areas.

MAD said in a statement: “The idea is to create a sports park that is not an enclosed theme park, but rather a place that is truly integrated into the city and the daily lives of its citizens.”

According to the firm, the sports park scheme takes into consideration the existing characteristics of the plot such as the culture of the city and the relationship between the buildings and the city boundaries.

The complex also features a large number of bicycle paths to serve as an extension of the urban roads through an express lane, which allows daily commuters to pass through the park.

Illustration of the Quzhou Sports Campus in China. (Credit: MAD Architects)

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