urban camouflage:
BAU227 Hangzhou Sports Centre

Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China

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Discipline

Architecture, Landscape Architecture

Typology

Playing

City

Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China

Date

2006-2008

Status

Completed 2008

Client

Hangzhou Ruicheng Real Estate Development Co. Ltd

Program

Sports center, tennis, badminton, basketball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnastic, restaurants and coffee shops

urban camouflage: HANGZHOU SPORTS CENTER, 2006

Hangzhou is famous in China for its verdant landscapes. To maintain this character in the face of explosive urban growth, numerous hilltops and ridges are designated as no-build zones. The backdrop to this sports building is one of these protected ridge lines. In order to minimise this building’s visual impact on the landscape, a strategy of 2D and 3D camouflage has been adopted. The dispersed plan, topographic 3D geometry, and fragmented cladding scheme, reduce the viewer’s perception of the project as a single large building. The architecture reads as a landscape when experienced from within the building and from the surrounding urban fabric.

The primary programs of the building provide the new residential district with a destination for entertainment and health. The functions are organised to maximise the potential for this to become a social place – a place which is equally attractive to spectators as it is to participants. An organisational strategy of super-adjacency was used to give the building a sense of urbanity, where many activities are experienced simultaneously. The plan revolves around the social heart of the complex, the café-bar-restaurant. It is exposed to a maximum of indoor and outdoor sporting programs, has mountain views and sun access, and opens onto external terraces.

2005-2010

Private Landscapes

Shanghai

2011

Playgrounds

Public Landscapes

Jiangyin

Residential

Retail

Urban Landscapes

2015

Education

Hospitality

Mixed Use

Nanjing

Sports

Office

2000-2005

Melbourne

Public

Urban Design

Kyneton

Culture

Healthcare

Hotel

Suzhou

2014

Hangzhou

Structures & Pavillions

Wuxi

Planning

2013

2012

Fuding

Shaoxing

Chongqing

Kunshan

Office

Wuhan

Hotel

Healthcare

Cixi

Ningbo

Meishan

Canberra

Jingzhou

Chengdu

Hospitality

Culture

1990-2000

Xiamen

Residential

Hopetoun

Caofeidian

Huai’an

Xi'an

Xinyu

Mixed Use

Retail

Sports

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