Hangzhou, China | 2014 | Sport
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A concept inspired by a sculpted jade shape

  • Client: Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center Construction Investment Co. Lt 
  • Project management: AREP working with HZDI (Hangzhou Institute); in partnership with MaP3, Terao, AREP Flux, AREP Développement durable, Tsinghua Environment
  • Floor space: 58 000m²  / Tower height: 99 m
AREP working with HZDI (Hangzhou Institute) won the international tender to design and build the city of Hangzhou’s sports training centre.

A multisport complex integrated into the landscape

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.

A tower, urban landmark symbol of the relationship between the land and the sky

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.

Hangzhou Olympic Sports Tower video (AREP 2017 - JP. Zendagui)

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La tour des sports finaliste du MIPIM Award Hangzhou Sports Tower shortlisted for the 2019 MIPIM Awards
Hangzhou Sports Tower, a multisport training complex in Hangzhou, China, has been shortlisted alongside three other projects for the 2019 MIPIM Awards in the "Best Futura Mega Project " category.

What makes the building so original is that all of the sports facilities are stacked on eight levels. The ramp leading to the rooftop will offer sweeping views of the surroundings to the pedestrians making their way from the park to the top. The building is currently under construction and forms part of the various sports amenities (stadium, swimming pool, conference centre, office and commercial developments, etc.) of the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Expo Center, which will host the 2022 Asian Games.
Currently, the Chinese New Year celebrations mark the end of the first year of the three-year construction plan. The assembly of the tower's metal structure has started on the 58,000-square-metre plot, which has been divided into three zones, each one of them accommodating a distinct amenity (tower, hotel, velodrome) and featuring a distinct construction phasing. To ensure delivery in December 2020, more than 1500 workers will be working on site in a few months.
The winners of the MIPIM Awards will be announced at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on 14 March 2019.

The four shortlisted projects for the 2019 MIPIM Awards in the Best Futura Mega Project category are:

- Future Park (Harrogate, United Kingdom)
Developer: Fallons / Architect: Bond Bryan
- Hangzhou Sports Tower (Hangzhou, China)
Architect: AREP, HZDI /Other: MaP3, Terao, AREP Flux, AREP Développement Durable, Tsinghua Environment
- One Vanderbilt (New York, United States)
Developer: SL Green Realty Corporation / Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
- Tersane Istanbul – Halic Shipyards (Istanbul, Turkey)
Developer: Halic Altinboynuz / Architect: Tabanlioglu Architects, Melkan Gursel – Murat Tabanlioglu