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Construction work begins on Lotus Flower Stadium in Guangzhou, China

China Architecture News - Apr 30, 2020 - 17:51   14791 views

Construction work begins on Lotus Flower Stadium in Guangzhou, China

Construction work has started on a giant stadium in Guangzhou, China, which will be the world's largest purpose-built soccer stadium" with its 100,000 capacity, reported by Asia Eurosport

Developed by Chinese Evergrande Group, the construction work has started on April 16 despite of the Covid-19 pandemic and is planned to open by the end of 2022. The stadium is located adjacent to Guangzhou South Railway Station. 

Dubbed as "Lotus Flower Stadium", the lotus flower-shaped stadium is expected to cost around 12 billion yuan ($1.69 billion) to complete, according to Evergrande Group.

The designer of the stadium is Hasan A. Syed, who is the design director and principal in Gensler’s Shanghai office. 

The team takes cues from "lotus" flower which highlights the characteristics of Guangzhou's "flower city". It not only refers to the "high-clean" beauty of Cui Gai, but also it's language fully integrates Chinese traditional culture.

Construction work begins on Lotus Flower Stadium in Guangzhou, China

Image courtesy of Evergrande Group/Asia Eurosport

The new stadium will be home to Chinese Super League and surpass Barcelona's "Camp Nou" stadium - designed by Nikken Sekkei & b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos.

Construction work begins on Lotus Flower Stadium in Guangzhou, China

Image © Evergrande Group/Xinhua

Expected to cover a total area of about 150,000 square meters, a total construction area is expected to reach 300,000 square meters. 

In addition to its capacity, the new Lotus Flower Stadium will also set up 16 VVIP private rooms, 152 VIP private rooms, FIFA area, athletes area, media area, press room on the basis of FIFA standard professional football field In order to support top-grade stadiums, according to Chinese Sina website

"We will build top professional football stadiums with the "largest scale", "highest grade", "most complete package", and "highest technological content" in strict accordance with the world's highest standards," reads the website.

Construction work begins on Lotus Flower Stadium in Guangzhou, China

Image courtesy of Stade Guangzhou Evergrande/Getty Images

It is also described that the new stadium will become "a world-class new landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and an important symbol of Chinese football going to the world."

The same source highlighted that Xu Jiayin, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evergrande Group, also actively participated in the design. Jiayin personally conceived the concept, modified the plan, planned the business and format, and devoted a lot of effort.

Construction work begins on Lotus Flower Stadium in Guangzhou, China

Image courtesy of Evergrande Group/Sina website

The plans are developed to enhance the level of Chinese football infrastructure, to improve the standards of Chinese football facilities in an international level.

According to the same source, Evergrande Group also revealed plans at the press conference that they will build additional 3 to 5 world-class professional football stadiums which have a capacity of 80,000 to 100,000 people across the country. 

Top image courtesy of Evergrande Group

> via Asia Eurosport & Sina website