Construction is currently in progress on what will be the largest sports park in China, featuring “picturesque and sustainable public spaces” as well an Olympic-size stadium inspired by the local flora found on the nearby banks of Hangzhou’s West Lake. Designed by NBBJ in collaboration with CCDI, the 400,000 sq meter Hangzhou Sports Park in Hangzhou, China began construction back in December and is expected to be completed in 2013.

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The new sports park is located on the Qian Tang riverfront opposite of the city’s new Central Business District. It’s designed to be a sustainable public park amidst all of the dense urban development that has consumed the rest of the city. Hangzhou Sports Park is designed to be more than just a large sports stadium — the park will also include open space, walking trails, a tennis facility, retail space, community playing fields and an extreme sports area. Inspiration for the design for the park and the stadium was drawn from the geometry of the nearby river delta as well as the flora of the nearby lake.

Details on the exact sustainable elements of the project are not clear. Robert Mankin AIA, LEED AP, principal and sports practice director at NBBJ, says, “This is a transformational project that redefines sustainable design excellence in sports facilities throughout Asia. It changes the game, and I applaud the City of Hangzhou for taking this important step.” With such a large project, one hopes that what they consider as sustainable is more than just public park space. Hopefully this also means the project is aiming for green building certification, energy and water efficiency, and the use of renewable energy green building materials.