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This forest-covered building for the 23,000m2 Asian Games Fitness Center is set into the hilly landscape. It is part of the recent Hangzhou Asian Games Park, Archi-Tectonics’ 47-hectare eco-park including two stadiums for Asian Games 2022.

The sustainable Fitness Center is designed as a key facility for the games, a lasting community asset, and an integral part of an eco-park that brings a recreational landscape to the heart of one of China’s fastest-growing cities. It hosts two Olympic pools, eight basketball courts, an Olympic-scale fitness center, and physiotherapy spaces. During the Games, these will function as training facilities and competition venues to be fluidly converted into community use after the Games end.

Following a zero-earth strategy, where excavated earth is moved towards creating rolling hills, the building is designed to be a landform that continues the topography, connects to the main stadium of the park, and supports a complete forest on top.

A constellation of skylights brings even more sunlight to this sustainable training competition building, producing natural light and ventilation to this otherwise embedded building. Reduction of its carbon footprint is achieved by the extensive 14,400 m2 green roof. The fitness center’s green roof can absorb 25,776 kg of CO2 alone, as a typical green roof can absorb 1.79 kg of CO2and release 1.3 kg of O2 per square meter per year.

Credits

Year: Competition Won: 2018, Construction Phase: 2020, Substantial Completion: October 2022
Location: Hangzhou, China
Client: Government: Gongshu District City Village Reconstruction Department
Project Type: Exhibition/Visitor Center and Park Facilities for the 2023 Asian Games events and beyond
Size: 23,000 m2 (250,000 sf)
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Justin Korhammer | Main Designers: Paul Starosta, Max Boerman | Archi-Tectonics Team: Dongliang Li, Maud Fonteyne, Soyeon Cha, Boden Davies, Alex Bahr, Dan Rothbart, Bowen Qin
Consultants:
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
Transport Planning: Mobility in Chain, Italy
Mechanical Engineers: Ryan Soames Engineering
LDI: Zhejiang Province Institute of Architectural Design and Research (ZIAD)
General Contractor: Zhejiang XinSheng Construction Group
Photography: SFAP
Collaborators: !Melk Landscape Design | UAD Research Group, Hangzhou, China
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