GD-lighting design looks to ancient greece in shenzhen sports center GD-lighting design looks to ancient greece in shenzhen sports center
jun 06, 2016

GD-lighting design looks to ancient greece in shenzhen sports center

the concept behind GD-lighting design’s work for the ‘universiade 2011 sports center’ — designed by GMP architekten evolved from the ancient greek roots of crystal. krystallos, translated to chinese, is water of pure white; a notion that was expressed into a cohesive lighting solution for the sports complex in shenzhen, china.

the concept expresses the notion of pure white
all images © christian gahl




drawing upon the relevance of crystal to the architectural design, as well the mineral’s characteristic color association with purity, justice, and peace, GD-lighting thought to represent the spirit of the universiade. unfortunately, plans for opening and closing ceremonies for the 26th summer event were relocated to a different complex.

the architecture has a crystal-like shape




however, the final outcome fulfilled all requirements — including an integrated RGB LED system. the white illumination, and corresponding shading fabric, creates a uniform brightness that has no impact on broadcasting. the ‘shenzhen sports center’ was completed in 2011.

GD-lighting design shenzhen sports center
the crystal was thought because of its association with purity, justice, and peace

it aims to represent the idea of universidade

an integrated RGB LED system lights the structure

interior view

GD-lighting design shenzhen sports center
inside, the complex has a geometric design, where lines intersect each other


reflection on the water

GD-lighting design shenzhen sports center
thanks to the LED system, different colors can be created



project info:


name: stadium of the 26th summer universiade
client: bureau of public works of shenzhen municipality
lighting consultant: GD-lighting design
architectural design: GMP
project location: long gang district, shenzhen, china
photography: christian gahl



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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