Universiade Sports Center design by gmp-architekten

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Universiade Sports Center

Competition 2006 – 1st prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke – gmp-architekten
Project leader Ralf Sieber
Staff Xu Ji, Alexander Niederhaus, Huang Cheng, Niklas Veelken, Martin Gänsicke, Stephanie Brendel, Marlene Törper, Andrea Moritz, Zheng Xin, Kralyu Chobanov, Chen Zhicong, Thomas Krämer, Lin Wei, Martin Schulte-Frohlinden, Plamen Stamatov, Christian Dorndorf, Lian Kian, Zhou Bin, Tobias Keyl, Li Ling, Helge Lezius, Meng Xin, Kuno von Haefen
Chinese partner practices SADI (Stadium), CNADRI (Multifunction hall), CCDI (Swimming hall), BLY (Landscape design)
Structural concept and design roof
schlaich bergermann und partner – Sven Plieninger with Wei Chen
Technical equipment IG Tech
Lighting design Conceptlicht
Acoustics Acoustic Design Ahnert
Facade planning Shen und and Partner
Bureau of Public Works of Shenzhen Municipality
Construction period 2007–2011
Planning area 870.000 m²
Seats stadium 60.000
Seats multi-function hall 18.000

Seats swimming hall 3.000

location: China, Shenzhen


Christian Gahl


Crystalline architectural forms in a landscaped park
In 2005, the city of Shenzhen (on the mainland across the water from Hong Kong) applied to stage the 26th Summer World University Games in 2011. In terms of the number of athletes who take part, the summer World University Games is worldwide second only to the summer Olympics as a multisport occasion. The site has a great number of sporting facilities, matching the enormous growth of the city in the Pearl River delta. The overall scheme embraces the surrounding landscape to create a kind of “sports city”. Shenzhen was awarded the 2011 26th Summer World University Games in January 2007.

Planning objective
The Universiade sports center has to satisfy the functional requirements of both international sports events and the organization of other smaller and larger-scale events and concerts. The objective is to create a culturally significant, symbolic project for Shenzhen. Equal importance will be placed on the public facilities in the sports park. When no events are on, they are intended to be available to the public for leisure and recreation.

Master plan
The new city district offers various sports facilities, residential areas, and leisure and shopping facilities. Both the sports venues – the stadium, multifunctional hall and swimming hall – and the urban areas blend with the landscape at the foot of Mount Tong Gu Ling in the centre of the region. The design is inspired by the surrounding undulating landscape. This enables topographical modulation in the sports center area, with flows of people on various levels. An artificial lake connects the stadium at the foot of the mountain with the circular multifunctional hall in the north and the rectangular swimming hall west thereof. The central sports plaza is accessed via a raised promenade from the individual stadia. Two 150 m tall buildings forming the service centre round off the sports complex in the north.

Design concept

The overall complex is laid out as an extensive landscaped park with typical elements of a traditional Chinese garden. Watercourses and plants symbolize movement and development, while crystalline structures in the form of stones and rocks represent continuity and stability. The dialogue between the fluid landscape shapes and

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