Jinchang New City is the sub center of the city in the northwest of Suzhou, as also as the administrative center of Jinchang District and the logistics park of Suzhou. It is a comprehensive area integrating residence, commerce, administration, logistics and other functions. The site is located in the southwest of Hudian Road and the northeast of Jinzheng Street, covering an area of about 46700 square meters and a total construction area of 33,800 square meters.
▼鸟瞰金阊新城体育馆，aerial view of the project © 秦伟
Tiger Hill Pagoda and Jinchang
Suzhou has been a town of rich brocade since ancient times. It is famous for the silk of Song Dynasty unearthed from Jinchang. On the control of architectural form, the architects thereupon integrated the reputation of Jinchang into the design. A bird’s-eye view of the whole stadium shows that the roofs are stacked in rows, just like a dense silk.
▼鸟瞰体育馆观景平台，Viewing platform © 秦伟
▼层叠交错的建筑形式，interlaced architectural form © 秦伟
The Sports Venues is facing the scenic spot of Tiger Hill Pagoda in the southeast, so a relatively quiet viewing platform is set on the south side of the site. Another gentle slope guides visitors to meander up, just like the winding path of Tiger Hill Pagoda. Each viewing platform of different height provide a place for tourists to rest and enjoy the scenery. Roof activities and indoor activities echo with the activities and streamlines of the Sports Park, creating a building that echoes with the nodes of each city.
▼体育馆概览，overview © 秦伟
▼丰富的景观空间，rich landscape space © 秦伟
Description of Natural-ecological Dimension
As the landscape space, the external square can play the role of gathering and scattering people. Abundant landscape plant decoration and changes in ground pavement enhance the sense of ground level of the square. At the same time, there are enough tree pools and seats to separate space for people to have a rest.
▼由足球场看建筑，viewing the building from the soccer field © 秦伟
▼由室外步道看建筑，Viewing the building from the outdoor walkway © 秦伟
The courtyards on the first floor are the “open-air living room” of the Sports Venues, which is not only the indoor continuation of the architectural space, but also the internal extension of the external natural space. These open spaces enhance natural lighting and ventilation, saving energy during the transition season. The extensive use of plant landscape in the courtyard reduces the sense of oppression given by the building, makes the building scale more comfortable, and provides the citizens with a smart outdoor gray space.
▼直立锁边屋顶，The roof with vertical locking edge © 秦伟
▼屋顶下方是体育馆的“露天起居室”，”open-air living room” of the Sports Venues © 秦伟
▼庭院内的植物景观减弱了建筑的压迫感，plant landscape in the courtyard reduces the sense of oppression © 秦伟
The material aesthetics of the waterfront
White wavy GRC panels are used for the facade of the stadium, echoing the water surface in the scene of the Langqiao Harbor. The large area of glass curtain wall below reflects the surrounding natural environment. The building communicates with the city in a manner of digestion, realizing the multi-dimensional distribution of the building in the environment.
▼体育馆立面采用白色波浪形的GRC板，White wavy GRC panels are used for the facade of the stadium © 秦伟
The roof with vertical locking edge forms a metal plate elevation with strong contrast with the white GRC Plate, giving a visual sense of unobstructed falling and line sense. The combination and application of materials is not only the creation and innovation of the modern context, but also the use of the aesthetic sense of materials to fully express the cultural characteristics of cultural and entertainment architecture.
▼立面细部，detail of the facade © 秦伟
Multifunctional Organic Polymerization
Considering that the Sports Venues is different from the single function building and presents the characteristics of multiple comprehensive and intensive configuration, the architects use an integrated architectural language: the unified roof and base platform organize the scattered functional elements into a space clustering with scale advantage and integrity advantage. The first floor is mainly for commercial training, and the second floor is mainly for large-scale venues. The city’s scarce resources are integrated to explore the development of urban cultural complex.
▼宽敞明亮的室内空间，Spacious and bright interior space © 秦伟
▼楼梯与连廊，Stairs and corridors© 秦伟
▼游泳馆，the pool © 秦伟
▼总平面图，master plan ©中衡设计
▼一层平面图，F1 plan ©中衡设计
▼二层平面图，F2 plan ©中衡设计
▼三层平面图，F3 plan ©中衡设计
项目名称：虎丘山麓，新城北部 – 金阊新城体育馆
项目设计 & 完成年份：2014,2019
主创及设计团队：高霖 冯正功 黄琳 胡湘明