Qingpu Sports and Culture Center is located at a mass housing community in Shanghai Qingpu New Town. The building is aimed to hold national sports events, international individual championship as well as to meet daily sports and cultural needs. Traditional stadiums share a rigid symbolic image and large enclosed volume. Single-function-oriented stadiums are often idle due to lack of support during the interval between sports events, resulting in huge vacant operating costs. Although the project is positioned as a district-level sports center in Shanghai in terms of scale, it emphasizes the combination and balance of professionalization and communitization in terms of function in order to enhance communal attributes and make the building integrated into the surrounding large-scale residential areas.
▼项目概览，general view ©章鱼见筑
Inside the stadium, the functional core of the stadium is emphasized via professional construction of the main stadium hall and training hall; outside, the center opens itself to the city by releasing the land within the red line for public acitivities. Moreover, there is no clear interface marking the entrance and exit of the building except for the core space of the main stadium wrapped within walls.
▼鸟瞰图，aerial view ©章鱼见筑
A semi-outdoor green sports axis is introduced into the building, which is implanted with various fitness program and connects different sports districts of the building. These semi-outdoor space for communication provides evacuation and auxiliary service for the stadiums during the game time, while providing surrounding residents with a fitness space. It also forms the intersection of indoor and outdoor space, thus comprehensively improving the spatial quality of the stadiums and gradually enriching the expanded spatial hierarchy.
▼入口立面，entrance facade ©章鱼见筑
▼立面局部，facade partial view ©章鱼见筑
▼半室外绿色运动轴，the semi-outdoor green sports axis ©章鱼见筑
All semi-outdoor spaces are open to the public even during the closing period, and the volume of the building has been reduced at multiple levels to integrate into the surrounding community life on a daily scale. The main stadium hall has a total of 4,000 seats, of which nearly 2,000 are active seats. Through temporal adjustments, it can flexibly meet the needs of a variety of daily cultural and leisure functions, as well as venues for multi-level sports events, which fully increases the daily utilization rate of the venues.
semi-outdoor spaces are integrated into the surrounding community life on a daily scale
▼楼梯细节，stair details ©章鱼见筑
As it is located in Jiangnan district, the stadium strives to be based on the local architectural language and integrate into the local architectural context, hoping to create a sports and cultural center exclusively in Qingpu. The project draws the idea of courtyard. It breaks up the main functional masses, visualizes the external interface of the main stadium space, and implants courtyard with greenery, which comprehensively solves natural ventilation and lighting, energy consumption and other maintenance issues.
▼体育文化中心内部植入院落空间和绿化，the design implants courtyard and greenery into the stadium buildings ©章鱼见筑
Via exposing the main entrance and the cross-sectional relationship of the internal space, the building combines the openness of the site with the surrounding landscape resources. It raises northwest and southeast corners of the roof, making the elegant and timeless lines to express the image of eaves in Jiangnan architecture. The east and south sides of the site are surrounded by the water system around the city. When designing the site, green fitness trails are laid out along the river to create a water-friendly space for the citizens.
▼飘逸隽永的线条在河道边缓缓起伏，the elegant and timeless lines express the image of eaves in Jiangnan architecture ©章鱼见筑
The tectonic design of the facade inherits the characteristics of ink art and realizes a relaxed cultural atmosphere. The vertical double-layer ceramic stick curtain wall is used to hide the curtain wall structure between the double-layer ceramic sticks. Whether seen from the outside or the inside,the unitized virtual interface presents the artistic effect of ink smudges, which further dissolves the volume of the stadium.
the vertical double-layer ceramic stick curtain wall is used to hide the curtain wall structure between the double-layer ceramic sticks
The roof of the main stadium hall adopts a beam string structure with its indoor ceiling partially exposed. The ceiling is integrated with structural equipment by vertical lines, which echoes the elements of the exterior facade, forming a light and smart oriental connotation together inside and outside.
▼主场馆内部，the main stadium hall ©章鱼见筑
▼河岸视角，view from the river front ©章鱼见筑
▼建筑鸟瞰，general view ©章鱼见筑
▼一层平面图，plan 1F ©原作设计工作室
▼二层平面图，plan 2F ©原作设计工作室
▼三层平面图，plan 3F ©原作设计工作室
▼地下一层平面图，plan B1 ©原作设计工作室
▼南立面图，south elevation ©原作设计工作室
▼西立面图，west elevation ©原作设计工作室
主创建筑师: 章明 张姿
Project name: Shanghai Qingpu Sports and Culture Center
Architect’ Firm: TJAD/Original Design Studio
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Lead Architects: (in ‘first name last name’ order) Ming Zhang, Zi Zhang
Design Team: Jialong Sun, Xuefeng Li, Bo Chen, Rui Luo
Project location: Qingpu District, Shanghai
Completion Year: 2014.5-2019.12
Gross Built Area (square meters): 30880㎡
Photo credits:ZY Architectural Photography
Photographer’s website: http://www.zyarch.cn
Other participants: Shanghai Qingpu Sports Bureau