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Weaving nature into design

  • A spacious state-of-the-art sporting complex for the Chongquing region
  • A design that reflects local typography and traditions
  • Light, airy structures that bring the outside in

By subtly integrating elements inspired by the area’s history and culture, we’ve ensured our design is truly grounded in its location.

Roderick Tong
Lead project architect, Make

Project Details

Location Chongqing, China
Status Design/Concept
Sectors Arts and culture, Sports and leisure
Area 30,000m²/323,000ft² area within 110,000m²/1.2million ft² site
Client Liangping Xincheng Investment and Development Co

The Chongquing region in China is famed for its varied typography, rolling landscape and rich history. Our brief was to create a dynamic sporting complex here, one that’s modern and functional but respects the area’s local traditions and natural environment.

Our proposal integrates with the landscape, incorporating sunken playing fields that register as bursts of colour and life in the undulating hills. A series of levelled walkways connect the facilities, and give spectators views of sunken pools and landscaped gardens. The main stadium is open-aired; others are topped with steel and ETFE roof structures that flood them with natural light and connect inside with out.

The scheme features a considerable amount of imagery alluding to regional traditions. A lattice ring, for example, encircles the main stadium, referencing the ancient practice of basket weaving. And a flowing, ribbon-like canopy nods to red ribbon dancing. It also unifies the venues, provides shading and guides visitors through the complex.

Our state-of-the-art scheme – shortlisted in an international competition – integrates beautifully with the surrounding scenery and, through delicate visual metaphor, local history. It’s a seamless union of the man-made and the natural, in one dynamic design.