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GMP Architekten Completes 3 Sparkling Crystalline Stadiums for Shenzhen’s Universiade Games
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 17, 2011 @ 5:55 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Sustainable Building | No Comments
The overall master plan for the complex places the three stadiums  as a centerpiece with landscaped elements and a lake surrounding them. GMP Architekten made use of the typical elements of a traditional Chinese garden like rocks, water and landscaping in their design. The watercourses represent movement and development, while the stones and crystalline structures symbolize continuity and stability.
The main stadium is a multifunctional space that can be used for a variety of local, national and international sports occasions and events. With three tiers of seating, the stadium can fit up to 60,000 people inside. An indoor sports complex was designed for ice-skating, mega-performances, social gathering and small-scale exhibition shows and can seat 18,000 spectators. Finally the swimming complex  has both a leisure and competition pool and can seat 3,000 spectators.
Crystalline and mountainous in form, the stadiums rise up to 65 meters in height. The steel prismatic shell is composed of a series of triangular facets and three distinct layers. The exterior is a translucent glazing made up of triangular laminated safety glass panes or polycarbonate slabs, the middle layer is structural steel, and the inner layer is translucent but meets requirements for acoustics and shade. These transparent facades infuse the stadiums with light during the day and at night, specialized lighting transforms the facade into a glowing surface  illuminating the surrounding landscape as well as the venue inside.
Via Dezeen 
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URLs in this post:
 Universiade 2011 Summer Games: http://www.sz2011.org/Universiade/
 GMP Architekten: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-eco-stadium-scores-green-goal-for-2010-world-cup/
 high performance, translucent facade: http://inhabitat.com/tag/high-performance-facade
 stadiums: http://inhabitat.com/tag/eco-stadium/
 swimming complex: http://inhabitat.com/the-watercube-wins-australias-highest-architecture-award/
 glowing surface: http://inhabitat.com/glowing-hexagonal-crystal-led-light-is-a-lamp-puzzle-toy-all-in-one/
 + GMP Architekten: http://www.gmp-architekten.de/en/projects/universiade-sports-center.html
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2011/08/16/universiade-2011-sports-centre-by-gmp-architekten/
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