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Last edited 30 Dec 2020
Xili Sports and Cultural Centre
In October 2016, the Rotterdam-based architectural practice MVRDV and Zhubo Architecture Design, were announced as the winners of the design competition for the Xili Sports and Cultural Centre in Shenzhen, China.
Located in a residential area along the Dasha Green Corridor in Shenzhen, China’s first special economic zone, the centre will be a hub for sports, leisure and culture. It will establish a more human-centric approach to sports venues, in response to the high-density development that has typified Chinese urban design in recent decades.
The design will strengthen community relations by encouraging locals and visitors to interact in the multi-functional spaces that allow flexible use at different times, and cross 'boundaries' between sports and culture.
The 105,000 sq. m centre consists of:
- 20,000 sq. m theatre-amphitheatre.
- 15,000 sq. m basketball/badminton arena.
- 10,000 sq. m multi-functional arena.
- 6,000 sq. m swimming pool.
- An elevated running track which connects the spaces.
MVDRV founding partner Jacob van Rijs said: “There are many of these types of buildings being built in Shenzhen in a short time, which is an amazing phenomenon in itself, so the idea was to make a collection of atmospheres in this centre so that they can be distinguished from each other.
“We wanted to combine a large-scale sports stadium with a social aspect connecting it with the community. This was achieved by arranging different volumes on the site around a new diagonal (green) bridge linking the Chaguang metro station in the south, with the Tanglan mountains in the north, making this centre a stage for different users - nature, sports and culture.”
Images and content courtesy of MVRDV.
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