• Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center
    © Christian Gahl

Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center

Shenzhen, China, 2011

A new sports center was created to host the International Universiade 2011, consisting of a main stadium, a gymnasium (arena / multifunctional hall), an indoor swimming hall and other sports facilities. The geometry of the roof above the grandstands has been accommodated by introducing an expressive series of folded triangular framework, arranged along radial main axes corresponding to the grid of the main building. The segmental roof structures are dissolved into a folded plate structure, where the primary members are the edge members of the folded plate structure. The deviation forces are transferred outwards via upper and lower primary members, which are anchored using strong slanting members along the back side. The secondary members of the folded plate structure also provide the local stability of the primary members and the supports for sheeting. The secondary members divide the primary members into equal parts.

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China

  • Architect

    gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

  • Awards

    Steel structure award of Province Canton 2009 and Chinese National steel structure award 2009 (for Gymnasium); 2011 Chinese Excellent Design Award of Steel Structure; 2011 Chinese Gold Medal Award of Steel Structure

  • Client

    Bureau of Public Works of Shenzhen Municipality

  • Structural engineer

    Universitätsstadt Gießen; Ingenieurbüro für Tragwerksplanung Uwe Weber, Gießen

  • Contractor

    Adolf Lupp, Nidda; Stahlbau Schulte, Bergneustadt

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design

  • Stadium dimensions 290 m x 271 m
    roof depth 70 m
    seats 60,000
  • Swimming Hall dimensions 176 m x 92 m
    seats 3,000
  • Arena diameter 155 m
    seats 18,000
  • Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center © Christian Gahl

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