populous: new datong sports park
 
populous: new datong sports park
sep 30, 2010

populous: new datong sports park

‘datong sports park’ by populous all images courtesy populous

 populous has been selected to design a new sports park in the historic city of datong, in the northern shanxi province, near beijing, china. this is the second major sports hub for populous in china.

the datong sports park includes a 30,000 seat stadium, an 8,000 seat arena, a 1,500 seat natatorium and a multi-use training hall. the sports park is part of a larger plan by the datong mayor to regenerate the historic old city and create a new city centre with other development including a city hall, museum and convention centre.

populous principal andrew colling says the inspiration for the unique design in datong has come from the surrounding yungang grottoes or cloud ridge caves,

‘these shallow caves just out of datong are symbolic of the rich cultural heritage of the region, which has evolved over several thousand years. the visitor approach and entry to the stadium is like entering the nearby caves, with the sandstone bases clad in a series of irregular titanium shells. the datong sports park provided the opportunity to celebrate a number of strong, unique features in the city’s history and cultural character combined with the more humanistic ideals and ambitions embodied in the design of modern sports parks.’

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

populous: new datong sports park

  • Wooo, j’adore ce projet !
    Rien de semblable a ce qui ce fait en ce moment et les proportions sont harmonieuses
    Flex.

    mOnKEY says:
  • Perhaps with gold plating in place of titanium, clients were most satisfied?

    iBouc says:
  • Beautiful if extravagant. But where are the seams? Gehry’s titanium skins have unabashed seams that help form surface texture; surely these bent-sheet-metal roofs won’t be seamless.

    Tom P says:
  • The 3D software-inspired architecture its absolutely obsolete. This kind of projects who seems to be designed in on hour makes GREAT and SERIOUS architecture fall in an unpersonal, superficial, no-sense and banal hole. PS: The project looks lie if it was made in 1998. STOP 3DISH ARCHITECTURE!!!

    A says:
  • Conceptually its excellent!
    But i really worried for details for seamless Titanium sheets…..otherwise this will seen in only 3D……

    Prachi Pathe Pandit says:
  • Strange but beautiful…

    firman says:
  • it will be forged in one piece ….(sure)

    Alby says:
  • this project needs help………gehry’s help. its just the concept that is holding up the project…and of course the software

    AB says:
  • I wonder how its going to look like in twenty years?
    I am not an architect but I don’t think its a sustainable design.

    P.S. I am a Graphic designer.

    OL says:
  • Oh My God !! titanium is not good for this earth!!
    please do not used this material again

    namkoel says:
  • That is really cool, china is really kicking it forward

    jason says:

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