Design DirectorBorden Tseng
Project ManagerTunghan Wu
Project DesignersZizi Huang, Foli Yeh, Albert Chiu, Kunghuei Wang
Construction CompanyBest Giving
BudgetUS $ 14 million
Text description provided by the architects. Tucheng Sports Center is composed of three interlocking volumes that stack on top of each other. Both the red (basketball courts) and the grey massing (ice hockey rink) cantilever 9 meter out from the blue massing (swimming pool) which create a continuous walkway beneath for semi-outdoor activities such as casual strolling, rock climbing and street dancing.
The exterior of the building is cladded with a composite window/wall system that incorporates perforated aluminum in the front and glass/insulation in the back, which allows sunlight to be filtered gently into the interior space. With this cladding system, one is able to look out from within with maximum transparency, but at the same times provides privacy when looking from outside inwards with maximum opacity.
Moreover, the design of exterior is composed with an array of gradient colors which reflects the analysis of heat gain/loss (using lighter color panels for the most heat gain area, darker color panels for the least heat gain area).
With three volumes intersecting each other, interior is created with maximum visual connectivity that allows visitors to see beyond their own sports space. For example, when inside the swimming pool, one is able to see the other space such as fitness gym, snooker room, yoga rooms, and spinning bike rooms located on the second floor, and vice versa.
Tucheng Sports Center embraces both horizontality and verticality in design. It explores the opportunity of engaging visitors with height differences in building section and at the same time brings people together with open floor plan layout. It is a building with delightful surprises at every turn of the corner as well as on every change of levels.