China and UK-based MAD Architects has announced the commencement of construction work on the 570,000m² Quzhou Sports Campus in China.
The cultural and recreational complex is being developed in collaboration with EADG, PWP Landscape Architecture, and structural consultant Schlaich Bergermann Partner.
Claimed to be a large urban park, it will feature a 30,000-person stadium, a swimming pool, outdoor auxiliary training grounds, an athlete service centre, a 10,000-person gymnasium, a science and technology museum and a children’s area.
The buildings will be embedded into the ground, with the façade disappearing into the terrain and covered by greenery. As a result, the campus seems to become the landscape itself.
MAD stated: “While contours engrave curves into the surface, some function as pedestrian walkways. Thus, the sloping façade naturally serves as a new place for citizens to engage in exercise, and offers the opportunity to ‘climb’ the architecture. The lawn also provides a place where people can relax after their sports, introducing a new public green space in the city.”
The sports venues and expansive park are imagined as a cohesive scene, where the long walking trails complement the sloping land.
The three-dimensionality of the design is scattered and softly layered, MAD stated.
Construction of the complex began recently and the first phase is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Following its completion, the Quzhou Sports Campus will become the largest earth shelter building complex in the world.
Quzhou is a cultural city with beautiful natural scenery as 71.5% of its land is covered in forest. The site of the project has several natural slopes and vegetation areas.