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The centerpiece of Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 Park, this stadium is designed to seamlessly convert to a culture and events space once the Games end.

Scroll all the way below the credits to view a selection of publications on this work!

CHALLENGE
The architectural centerpiece of Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 Park is the 365,000-square-foot Table Tennis Stadium with seating for 5,000 guests. The stadium had to be designed to the identity and heritage of this region, in order to become a destination not only for the Games themselves, but for residents and guests from around Asia long after they end.

INNOVATION
Starting with a geometry inspired by the Cong, an ancient Hangzhou jade-stone artifact that takes the shape of a square tube with a circular bore, Archi-Tectonics used a parametric design process that optimized this shape to allow the stadium to efficiently convert from a sports arena to a performance venue. The process generated hundreds of iterations based on input criteria that optimized the stadium for both arena and amphitheater seating. Using the process, Archi-Tectonics was also able to achieve the complex diagrid facade with as few unique modules as possible, making for efficient coordination with international fabricators and construction teams.

IMPACT
The hybrid stadium/amphitheater—in tandem with supporting spaces like restaurants, VIP lounges, and retail areas throughout the building—creates a layered and dynamic environment: more than just a container for viewing sports or performances, the building serves as a fully-equipped events and entertainment destination.

Credits

Year: Competition won: 2018, Construction phase: 2020, Substantial completion: 2021
Location: Hangzhou, China
Client: Government: Gongshu District City Village Reconstruction Department
Project Type: Asian Games Table Tennis Stadium and flexible event venue
Size: 35,000 m2 (376,000 ft2)
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Justin Korhammer | Main Designers: Paul Starosta, Max Boerman | Archi-Tectonics Team: Dongliang Li, Maud Fonteyne, Soyeon Cha, Boden Davies, Alex Bahr, Dan Rothbart, Bowen Qin
Consultants: Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti | Mechanical Engineers: Ryan Soames Engineering | Curtain Wall: Bill Logan, Vidaris Inc.
Collaborators: UAD Research group, Hangzhou, China
Renders and Diagrams: Archi-Tectonics | Vidaris
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