populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games
populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games
oct 21, 2009

populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games

populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games




populous has proposed the winning design for the main stadium of the 2014 incheon asian games to be held in south korea, and will illustrate a new level of sustainability with their design. the stadium will have the capacity to hold 70,000 people for games, and after the main event will reduce down to a single-sided grandstand for 30 000 afterwards as a people’s park for the city of incheon.


currently, incheon is one of asia’s fastest growing cities and the multipurpose stadium will be the  first landmark building people see when travelling to seoul from the incheon airport.populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games the western site is permanent whereas the eastern site is modular and will be changed after the games



‘the stadium design is based on an asymmetrical configuration with the main corporate and management facilities located on the permanent western side, creating a more efficient design, both in terms of construction and operations. the eastern side will be a lighter solution, the temporary modular seating structure will disappear after the games, and the stadium reduce down to the single sided grandstand. the building will link into the surrounding parklands; integrate into the landscape, provide an open accessible gathering place for the people of incheon. the roof of the temporary stand becomes the canopy roof of a new post games retail component, containing shopping mall and supermarket and multiplex cinema chain. the shell that housed the broadcast component, pre game function spaces and site management of the temporary event is replaced with vibrant commercial space afterwards, creating a seven day a week attraction for the local community,’ said andrew james, senior principal at populous.

populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games



symbolism is very important in korean culture with music and dance being part of everyday life. the traditional buddhist ritual dance, the sung moo monk dance provides the image which will be reflected perfectly into the architectural drama of the stadium through flowing forms, sweeping lines creating movement. the representation of yin and yang is also present through the complementary opposites of the masterplan – permanent and temporary sites.populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games the stadium’s sweeping lines blend into the surrounding landscape



‘although the western stand is permanent; the main façade will be designed to be lightweight and flowing like the monk’s robes composed of an undulating, translucent material, a lightweight metal or fabric mesh, an articulated skin, reflecting the sun and the movement of the sky. the organic form of the metal and fabric roof will appear to float above the stadium, merging with the landscape at one end, the plaza at the other. the movement and form will be repeated in the material of the temporary roof on the eastern stand, creating a unified image, reinforcing the dynamic movement of the dancer,’ says daekwon par, populous project designerpopulous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games


populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian gamesthe stadium by night


populous to design main stadium for 2014 incheon asian games a graphic interpretation of the traditional buddhist sung moo dance which the stadium’s form is based on

  • good!!

    ^^ says:
  • this is nice

    0000~ says:
  • THIS DESIGN IS VERY WELL, MAYBE CAN USE IN LONDON 2012…[url=http://www.linksstore.co.uk/]links of london[/url]

    LONDON says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
504,283 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine