Text description provided by the architects. ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center is located in Zhoushi Town which is in the north new estate of Kunshan. It is a comprehensive and integrated culture & sports center which contains culture pavilion, basketball gymnasium, natatorium, multi-function hall, culture & arts exhibition center and leisure commercial street.
We come up with the idea of huge structure, and the large dynamic roof covers the pavilions of various functions. We use the ways of folding, waving and pruning to meet the different height demand of the basketball gymnasium, natatorium, culture pavilion and hall, etc. Meanwhile, it seems that people are looking at a sculpture and can find a strong vision impact from it.
Each pavilion is relatively independent and is convenient for operation. We take different theme or scale of space between each pavilion into consideration, which provides the citizens with the continual-time social space when the building is not open such as in the early morning, at nightfall and at night. Actually, these facts highlight the openness and participatory of the culture & sports center.
The architectural color of River South is black, white, grey and wooden colour. It is echoed by the architectural surface of the modern material like grey al-mg–mn roof, undressed stone curtain wall, Semi transparent silk screen printing glass curtain wall and wooden color aluminium-alloy ceiling. All of them naturally express the respect of traditional architecture and context.
ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center remolds the urban space and inspires the new urban vitality. It is a boat to carry and spread the culture of Zhoushi; it inherits the tradition; it has a distinctive characteristic of the times as well.