Idea Image Institute of Architects has submitted their latest project, the Yongjia Gymnasium for our readers review. Additional images and a brief description after the jump.
The plan progressed based on designated contest bidding system when Yongjia’s local government invited us in 2010. Yongjia is a small city located in southeastern part of China, and is about 6 to 7-hour-drive from Shanghai. Its main income was leather products in the past, and is now quickly developing and expanding just like any other Chinese city.
Yongjia’s first impression was not an extensive city like Beijing or Shanghai, but was as familiar as Korean countryside mountains and villages. Very first photo we took of the site became an important cornerstone of the project.
The site was located on the perimeter of city and the country, so the gymnasium naturally incorporated Yongjia’s beautiful surroundings in its design. The gymnasium, which is the main program, is able to seat 4,500 people and by using movable chairs, it can perform as a multi-purpose stadium. The swimming pool includes 10 50m-lanes for competition and 10 25m-lanes for practice with 660 seating space. Additionally, badminton court, basketball court and tennis court is included indoor and outdoor of the building for local residents. To prevent damage from local flood, gymnasium is designed with piloties, with parking space under it.
Architect : Idea Image Institute of Architects Location : Yongjia, China Function : Sports facilities Total floor area : 18,821.4㎡ Gymnasium : 9,782.3㎡ Pool : 6,432.3㎡ Badminton : 2,606.8㎡ Stories : 4Fl. Heights : 33.9 m Structure : SRC Finish : Aluminium panel ETFE, BIPV Gymnasium Seats : 5,307 seats