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Nanshan Sports Park *

Nanshan Sports Park Nanshan Sports Park
  • project details
  • Client:
    Nanshan District City Government

    HOK Sport+Venue+Event (Andrew Colling as Design Director)

    20,000 seat Athletics Stadium, Swimming Hall, Multi-Purpose Halls and Outdoor Running Track.


    Competition won by Japanese scheme.
HOK Sport + Venue + Event participated in a limited invitation only competition for a new community sports park in Nanshan District of Shenzhen City, which was to host a number of sporting competitions as part of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangdong Province. The design called for an integrated sports and leisure/retail destination on reclaimed land facing east towards Shenzhen Bay.

The Stadium in Nanshan was designed to capture the views out towards Shenzhen Bay, and as a destination within the site master plan. During major events, temporary seats could be installed on the east wing to complete the seating bowl, however for non-major event mode, the Stadium was designed to engage more openly with the landscape, and provide a more informal setting for sporting competitions and concerts. In concert mode, the grandstand would act more as a large pavilion.

The fluid nature of various access points onto the site, combined with an approach to make to make the master plan more pedestrian friendly at the street experiential level, resulted in a rather curvaceous approach to the architectural form for all the key building elements. The entire master plan was gradually terraced up to the main Stadium gates allowing spectators a gradual walk up to the main concourse level of the grandstand. An Athletes Building was developed to allow public to walk up onto and over the grass roof.

The overall site master plan included a range of outdoor passive and active recreation spaces including tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor leisure pool area. The landscape played a key role in creating an attractive urban destination.