A 410-foot free-span roof allows this stadium to double as a center for open-air community events.
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This stadium was designed as an anchor for Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 park, opposite the Table Tennis Stadium. This stadium will host the Field Hockey events, and double as a space for open-air community events after the Games—all while embracing the region’s design heritage.
The stadium is defined by its translucent wing roof inspired by the structure and materiality of the traditional oil-paper and bamboo umbrella. Spanning the entire distance of the field in one sweep, a single curving beam keeps the ‘wing’ in place. 1 meter in diameter at its thinnest and 1.5 meters at its thickest, this beam sits in 4 massive concrete elements that tie it to the ground. Rather than keeping the structure up, the concrete blocks actually hold it down to keep everything in tension.
The roof shades the stands, field, and entrance plaza while introducing a sculptural element that visually anchors its end of the park. The playing field itself is set into a recessed oval-shaped grass plain that doubles as a landscape feature and can be converted to host outdoor events after the Games, including concerts, night markets, and community gatherings. A curving glass facade encloses the lobby, supported by an engineered hardwood and steel structure that creates a dramatic interplay of light and shadow. Hi-tech forms and materials are balanced by more traditional finishes—like the bamboo-clad interior walls—that make for an innovative building that feels rooted within the region’s heritage.