NBBJ underway with new sports complex in China
Like many cities in China, Hangzhou is undergoing rapid urban change. While the city center had historically developed around the West Lake area, opportunities for industry and commerce have shifted the city's expansion towards the Qian Tang riverfront, tripling the city's size in the past 10 years.
NBBJ, in collaboration and partnership with CCDI, have designed the Hangzhou Sports Park - a vibrant, pedestrian-centric sports and recreation development located in the midst of Hangzhou's new urban environment. Situated on the Qian Tang riverfront opposite of the new Central Business District, the sports park represents an opportunity to create picturesque and sustainable public spaces that enable long-term commercial viability.
Drawing conceptually from the geometries of the nearby river delta, the flowing forms of the landscape planning are the principal means of organising the site, defining circulation and concentrating activities. 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. The stadium's exterior shell creates a powerful landmark along the fast-growing Qian Tang riverfront. On the north end of the stadium, the seating bowl opens to reveal a view to the river and the new CBD.
The stadium broke ground in December 2009 and is the largest planned for construction in China in the next 10 years. It is scheduled for completion in 2013.