Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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DONG’AN LAKE SPORTS CENTER

gmp Architects

ARCHITECTS
gmp Architects

AREA 
200417 m²

YEAR
2022

PHOTOGRAPHS
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PROJECT LEADER 
Jinying Sui

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Di Wu, Wei Lin, Zheng Wang

COLLABORATOR
CABR, CSCEC

COMPETITION TEAM
Han Huang, Ran Li, Yuan Ma, Yan Wang, Chengcheng Zhai, Jan Peter Deml, Feng Yang, Tao Yuan

DETAILED DESIGN TEAM
Han Huang, Ran Li, Yuan Ma, Yan Wang, Chengcheng Zhai, Jan Peter Deml, Feng Yang, Tao Yuan, Maarten Harms,

DETAILED DESIGN TEAM
Mulyanto, Jing Xia

CLIENT
China Resources Land (Chengdu) Development Co., Ltd.

LOCATION
Chengdu, China

CATEGORY
Gymnasium

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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After winning the competition in 2018, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have completed the Chengdu Sports Center (also known as Dong’an Lake Sports Park), an ensemble consisting of three new sports and leisure buildings in the Chinese metropolis Chengdu.

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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It will be the venue for the coming FISU World University Games. The new sports center will become the focal point of Dong’an New Town – an area situated by the water to the west of the city center, in the heart of the Longquan district.

The ensemble comprises a group of buildings around a central plaza, consisting of a sports hall with 18,000 seats, a multifunctional hall for culture, leisure, and popular sports, as well as an indoor pool complex with two 50-meter swimming pools.

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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The three buildings each feature a square footprint and are linked via a shared plinth which, towards the open courtyard area, accommodates indoor training facilities for basketball, table tennis, and badminton, as well as restaurants, shops, and parking.

The ensemble can be seen from afar owing to the louver-style facades with folded, shiny silver aluminum elements turning towards the center of the facade, thereby revealing the form and color of the externally placed escape stairwells.

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Each building has its own color code that facilitates visitors’ orientation on the site and inside the halls.

The louver structure of the facade continues on the roof as a fifth facade, which means that the technical structures on the roof are enclosed and the emblematic appearance of the ensemble remains visible also from above.

The entrance zones of each building are marked by narrow recesses.

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Two large urban traffic axes border the site to the north and west.

In terms of urban design, the Dong’an Lake Sports Park accommodates this situation by guiding its visitors from there directly to the site.

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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At the same time, the ensemble creates interesting interior and exterior spaces through the offset arrangement of the three buildings in conjunction with the neighboring stadium.

The calm interior provides spaces for meeting and for movement. This creates a diverse functional mix, with training facilities for performance and popular sports as well as a new social meeting place for the Longquan district.

Dong’an Lake Sports Center
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