OLYMPICS SPORTS TOWER
Sports complex - Floor space: 180 000 m² / Tower height: 99 m
- Client: Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Construction Investment Co. Lt
- Project management: AREP working with HZDI (Hangzhou Institute)
Located 200 km to the south-west of Shanghai and famous for its West Lake, in 2009 the city of Hangzhou made a call for tenders with the aim being to create an emblematic and noteworthy building in tune with sustainable development values.
The sports training centre stretches out over 180 000 m² and includes sports pitches, a velodrome, hotel, sports clinic, media centre, shops and a car park, and has a direct link to a subway station. AREP chose to respect the quality and abundance of the park by building all the training centre’s pitches over eight floors in a high-tech 99 m high and 84 m deep sports tower. The garden at the base comprises an inhabited and sculpted landscape of terraces in which services and facilities such as the shopping centre, hotel and clinic are located, immediately above the subway station, which links the complex to the historic city. The tower is striated by a long ramp, a pedestrian walkway linking the park to the roof of the complex, which is a public panoramic viewpoint overlooking the new district. This reasoned and rational usage of the space attracted the client who was keen to conserve a quality natural space. The sports tower brings to mind the Yu Cong, a sculpted jade object from the Liangzhu culture, dating back to Neolithic times, which was found in the Yangtze Delta. The object, just like the project, symbolises the relationship between the earth and the heavens.