Text description provided by the architects. Yangzhou Li Ning Sports Park is built based on the principle that integrates modern city functions with traditional historical culture, thus creating sustainable modern sports facilities that reflect the contemporary lifestyle.
The following are a few highlights in the design of the park:
1. Reflection of the City Culture
Located within the Sports Park in Guangling New City, the project has broken the building volume into pieces by adopting the design philosophy of landscape architecture. As an integral part of the park, the buildings reflect Yangzhou’s spirit of including both mountains and water in traditional parks by combining the artificial “built mountains” with the “natural water” in the area, which provides the city with a vibrant center with its sports culture.
2. Manifestation of Function Innovations
In recent years, China’s sport industry has gradually transformed from prioritizing competitive sports to developing public sports. The design has kept up with the change, avoiding simplification in function deployment. Modern leisure sports functions such as rock climbing and trampolining have been introduced on the basis of traditional sports activities. Meanwhile, relevant derived functions have also been introduced such as sports training, health maintenance and rehabilitation, and catering services, offering the community an area for complex activities.
3. Concern on Financial Operation
Learning the lesson from previous cases where some stadiums ignored the operation after sports competitions, the design has been focused on the relationship between function and operation streamline in terms of the space, which promotes the consumption in related businesses such as rehabilitation and catering through the crowd from the stadium. At the same time, it also focuses on the multi-function and openness in using internal and external space, thus improving the utility efficiency and avoiding idleness.
The structure modeling has achieved the best cost efficiency by reasonably using concrete structure and large-span steel roofing system according to the span of the space.
4. Demonstration of an Artistic Style
The traditional Yangzhou paper cutting techniques have been adopted in the building style, where landscape was cut to an concave-convex effect on the ground. The convex parts are where the buildings are built while the concave parts become multi-function squares. The combination can be seen through the walking and running lanes indoor and outdoor, bringing a spatial sequence experience with a layered structure and rich visual points.
The technology of aluminum alloy curtain wall and enameled glass has been used in building elevation corresponding to the paper cutting effect.
5. Focus on Ecological and Environmental Protection
In the planning, the site water system has been used to create a rainwater collection and drainage system, and combined the landscape design and buildings, the natural landscape garden effects have been achieved; the earth-sheltered architecture improves the energy efficiency of buildings, and makes use of the roof space, which improves the green coverage in the area; the design has taken into consideration the features of public sports activities, making use of the natural light to a maximum effect and enhancing the natural light induction by the roof.
Modern leisure sports buildings are integrating complex functions including public sports, entertainment leisure and cultural business, bringing new challenges to urban planning, architecture design, sports operations, etc. It is hoped that the practice of Yangzhou Li Ning Sports Park will provide a beneficial case for the construction of the Chinese public sports.