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Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

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Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

Construction work has started on MAD's new sports campus in the historic city of Quzhou, in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang. Called Quzhou Sports Campus, MAD’s design embeds all the functions of the sports park within natural forms, creating an earth-art landscape in the center of the city – a poetic landscape that falls somewhere between that of Earth and Mars.

Spanning almost 700,000 square meters, the first and second phase have a total construction area of approximately 340,000 square meters, and include a stadium (30,000 seats), gymnasium (10,000 seats), natatorium (2,000 seats), national sports complex, outdoor sports venue, science & technology museum, hotel accommodations, youth centre and retail programs. 

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

"We dream not only of creating an urban space about sports and ecology, but also turning it into a unique land art park for the world, establishing a relationship between the city’s heritage and history of Shanshui culture," said Ma Yansong, Principal of MAD.

"Quzhou is a city with thousands of years of history, containing deep traditional culture and philosophical ideas; complemented by beautiful scenery, with lush forestland covering more than 70% of the land. It is the region’s profound historical culture and natural landscapes that are its most precious resources," stated MAD in its press release.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

By taking into consideration local heritage values and beautiful scenery, MAD envisioned a surreal, ethereal and tranquil artistic landscape in this modern city, like a mirage, that has the potential to become a place of spiritual belonging for the future of the city.

The perimeter of the site is surrounded by a dense forest of high-standing trees that secludes the uninhabited land from the city. As one enters, the view suddenly opens up towards broad horizons and the bright sky, while simultaneously appearing as a martian landscape, mysterious and illusory. 

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

The overall environment stretches in large expanses and undulates; and the terrain of the mountains exists in a way that is sometimes open, sometimes huddled, and sometimes overlapping. As people move through the park, they drift, climb, and traverse the terrain. In the middle of park, there is a lake that has also been conceived as a sunken garden. 

Here, one’s line of sight looks straight out across the stillness of the water, offering the experience of an untouchable spiritual atmosphere as it reflects the mountains and the sky.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

The studio describes its design scheme as "a crater", the stadium sits into the ground, forming a deep space. It is crowned by a translucent “halo” that gently hovers above the ground like a floating cloud. Its proximity to the earth makes it seem within reach – close but untouchable – inviting people to engage in a dialogue between the earth and the sky, and discover spiritual truth. 

The adjacent rolling “hills” on the northeast side form the gymnasium, natatorium, and training centre. Above are public spaces and natural scenery that attract people to look up and pause in a moment of contemplation.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

"The buildings in the park breakaway from that of traditional stadiums and athletic complexes that typically highlight structural power, transformed by a more intrinsic and subtle beauty. The interiors and exteriors of the buildings are connected to nature, providing an openness towards the landscape for people from anywhere, so that they always feel like they are immersed in nature," explained the studio. 

Pathways between the mountains and the lake meander over and through the architecture. They encourage people to slowly walk around the park, run along the trails, or just enjoy a seat on the lawn to take in the scenery.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

MAD designed several "peaks" and "mountainsides", being part of many "hills", which are designed with platforms or skylights that allow natural light to flood onto the interior, and provide natural ventilation through the buildings. 

The exteriors of the hills are covered in greenery, which while being energy-saving, are also human-scale and accessible. They invite people to climb the "mountain", walk along the "mountain" trails, and form a closer physical and emotional connection with heaven and earth.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

Quzhou Sports Campus abandons the traditional urban construction model of conventional large square landmarks. Drawing on land art and the natural landscape, it forms a unique urban space, one that is embedded in the spiritual understanding of the people, nature, and culture of the city. In the early stages of humankind entering modern civilization, the Olympics put forward the slogan: “faster, higher, stronger”. 

"This coincides with our challenges of conquering nature in the rapid development of our modern cities over the past century. As we move forward, the future of urban development has the potential to change and open up in new directions – towards a future where we pursue the harmonious relationship between man and nature," added the studio.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

"The relationship between man and nature is not only about ecology and sustainability, but it is also about spirit and mood. This is the culture and philosophy that has long existed in the history of this land and needs to be applied in the development of our future cities," added Ma Yansong.

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

Construction Work Starts On MAD's Sports Campus Featuring Hilly Landscapes In China

Quzhou Sports Campus masterplan

Project facts

Project name: Quzhou Sports Campus
Location: Quzhou, China
Date: 2018 - 2021

Typology: Sports and recreational facilities
Site Area: 699,040 square metres (Phase One: 327,370 square meters; Phase Two: 371,670 square metres)
Building Area: 337,500 square metres (Phase One: 264,100 square meters; Phase Two: 73,400 square metres)

Principal Partners in Charge: MA Yansong, DANG Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate Partners in Charge: LIU Huiying, Kin Li, FU Changrui
Design Team: XU Chen, LI Guangchong, Iting Lien, LI Cunhao, LIU Hailun, LI Hui, MA Yin, Kyung Eun Na, Alessandro Fisalli, KANG Wenzhao, Thoufeeq Ahmed, ZHOU Haimeng, Neeraj Mahajan, ZHANG Yufei.

Client: Quzhou West District Development Committee
Executive Architect: CCDI Group
Landscape Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann Partner
MEP Engineer: SC Consultants Limited
Façade Consultant: RFR Asia
Lighting Consultant: Ning's Field Lighting Design
Animation Support: SAN

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