NBBJ and CCDI Break Ground on Hangzhou Sports Park

NBBJ, in collaboration and partnership with CCDI, have designed the Sports Park: A vibrant, pedestrian-centric sports and recreation development located in the midst of ’s new urban environment. Situated on the Qian Tang riverfront opposite of the new Central Business District, and encompassing a site of approximately 400,000 square meters, the sports park is seen as an opportunity for creating picturesque and sustainable public spaces that are often elusive in the newly constructed urbanism of China. This new place making will be accomplished while intelligently balancing the long-term commercial viability of the sports development.

See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Robert Mankin AIA, LEED AP, principal and sports practice director at , notes “This is a transformational project that redefines sustainable design excellence in sports facilities throughout Asia. It changes the game, and I applaud the City of Hangzhou for taking this important step.” Hu Xiaoming, design director of CCDI’s Sports Division, emphasizes the role the sports park has taken within the context of Hangzhou’s urban expansion. “The issue is not about how to sustain a large stadium commercially between games, but is about how a massive stadium can lead a 2 million-square-meter mixed-use commercial program in a green park setting, form a future urban center, and redefine a new lifestyle. Our design provides what is exactly needed to support that agenda.”

Drawing conceptually from the geometries of the nearby river delta, the flowing forms of the landscape planning are the principal means of organizing the site, defining circulation and concentrating activities. The site is designed to create a seamless pedestrian experience that weaves together sports and commercial programs while forming a clear path of circulation between two planned major transportation hubs on the east and west ends of the site.

The site is composed of three layers of activity: An above-grade platform defines the ‘sports boulevard,’ which links together programs such as the main stadium and tennis tournament facilities. On the ground level, pathways, gardens and plazas form a network of public recreation activities designed for alternative and extreme sports. Sunken spaces and courtyards lead to an extensive below-grade retail facility containing boutique stores, restaurants and a multiplex cinema.

The primary architectural element on the site is the 80,000-seat Main Stadium. The Olympic-sized facility will be the premier international sports venue for the city of Hangzhou, and is currently the largest stadium planned for construction in China for the next ten years. The stadium’s exterior shell geometry draws from the serene flora iconography found on the banks of Hangzhou’s West Lake in order to create a powerful and unique image along the fast-growing Qian Tang riverfront. The stadium bowl program and structure are coordinated with the exterior shell to create a unique concourse and circulation experience. On the north end of the stadium, the seating bowl opens to reveal a view to the Yangtze riverfront, connecting the sporting events to the new CBD of Hangzhou.

The Main Stadium broke ground in December of 2009 and is slated for completion in 2013.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "NBBJ and CCDI Break Ground on Hangzhou Sports Park" 15 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=56594>
  • san

    reminds me a lot of foreign office architects design for the olympic stadium 2012 in london

    • jaay

      I was just clicking through to say the same thing!

  • vivi

    What hasn’t been done?

    • san

      of course everything somehow has been done before…the question/point is wether one copies an image someone else came up with or if a project builds up on another project but takes it a step further.
      I´m not sure which is the case here, and not at all I want to blame nbbj for copying foa – for that I know too little about the two proposals….But definitely the idea of dividing the body of a stadium into rhythmized leaf-like shapes is pretty unique and comes from foa

      • Orky

        Uhm… after holding the two images up side by side…. I see very little resemblance to the FOA project in both concept, material, and form. Both use some kind of organic repetition as a technique… as do many contemporary projects…. but that is hardly copying as you claim.

        I find this project to be very elegant and thoughtful… and it has made it to the construction phase which is an extremely impressive accomplishment for this kind of project….

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  • http://nmillerarch.blogspot.com NMiller

    For anyone interested in the digital technology process used to design this project:


  • http://urbesaereperennius.wordpress.com bill

    phenomenal. I love all the pedestrian approaches and surrounding parkland.

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  • archi

    All image, little meaning. “…the serene flora iconography found on the banks of… ” = second year undergraduate rhetoric. Let the disneyfication of China continue…

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