German architecture firm von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has completed a new basketball sports stadium a design that echoes the game itself.
The new stadium will be located in the Chinese city of Dongguan and act as a competitive ground for one of the country’s most successful basketball teams, the Dongguan Leopards.
The stadium, which gmp believes will become iconic landmark for the area, spans 60,600 square metres and can house almost 15,000 visitors. gmp secured first prize in a design competition for the stadium in 2008, and the project took five years to complete.
gmp drew on elements of the sport in various ways.
“Situated on a raised platform, the circular ring is reminiscent of the hoop of a basketball basked to which the façade is attached like the net to the hoop", the firm said on its website.
While the stadium may reflect the game of basketball, it can be adapted for other sports and events.
The building features a net-like façade, behind which stands a curved basketball-orange section. Those combine to form the arena's external structure. Orange is also applied throughout the interior design.
The roof is a circular steel structure 157 metres in diameter which features “an external, vertically undulating pressure ring.”
A total of 28 suspended ribbons hang from the ring. The ribbons create a lattice-like frame for "bracing" while the roof area is supported by zigzag structures.
“A unique feature worldwide is the cable network façade between roof and floor, which consists of triangular panels with insulating glazer,” the firm says.
The stadium is surrounded by parkland, curved pathways and water features which offer public sports and leisure spaces. The green spaces also act as a buffer to separate the stadium from nearby roads.
Implementing event and public space, particularly in the form of green landscape outside structures is a growing trend in new stadium design. This allows visitors without a seated ticket to enjoy the sports atmosphere.
gmp also recently completed Śląski Stadium in Chorzów, Poland this year, a stadium with an aesthetic that reflects a bicycle wheel.
Originally built in 1951, Śląski Stadium has long served as a venue for football matches and concerts and also hosted the world speedway championships, a premier cycling competition.For its work on Śląski Stadium, gmp decided to tie the stadium's design to its cycling history through an aesthetic that sees an upper and lower external steel compression ring and a number of stays at the inner edge of the roof.