Gallery: Emergent Architecture Unveils Crystalline, Solar-Powered Sport...

The complex measures over 400,00 square feet and includes a civic recreation center, a swimming arena, soccer fields, basketball, tennis, badminton, and volleyball courts and open park like spaces. These various facilities unfold at various levels between Shenyang Park and the surrounding downtown cityscape.

The complex will make extensive use of solar power through the installation of photovoltaic panels on all of its roof surfaces. In addition, Wiscombe has designed a gorgeous transparent window system based on the formation of crystal patterns in nature. The windows bend and refract light like real crystals, creating an amorphous glow from the outside. The bubbly windows spanning the entire building are fabricated from ETFE plastic, which is remarkably lightweight and can be layered to reduce heating in the summer, and heat-loss in the winter.

These center’s various facilities unfold at various levels between Shenyang Park and the surrounding downtown cityscape. The “National Games Arena” area of the complex is reachable via several bridges from other areas of the complex, and half of the 4,000 seats are removable — which means it can be flexible to house anything from conferences to concerts. The master plan aims to emulate a community center through the addition of galleries, restaurants and shops that appeal to the general public — not just sports players and fans. EMERGENT’s design successfully creates an artificial landscape for sports while also creating an iconic jewel-like building that proudly represents the National Games.

+ EMERGENT Tom Wiscombe

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  1. lazyreader March 14, 2011 at 7:21 am
  2. lazyreader March 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Didn’t China already learn it’s lesson. What are they trying to do with all their left over ’08 Olympic stuff, that has fallen into disuse or much needed repair. Now to show off they’re spending grand sums on an over sized solar garden light. Promoted as example of “sustainable development” yet the costs involved in dismantling the stadium (if need be) have not been factored in. While the 84′ games actually made surplus money. The organizing committee had been able to create such a surplus in part by selling exclusive sponsorship rights to select companies. The IOC originally resisted funding by corporate sponsors. Nowadays the IOC incurs none of the cost, yet controls all the rights and profits from the Olympic symbols. The IOC also takes a percentage of all sponsorship and broadcast income. Athens bankrupted itself for the right to host the games.

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