JZFZ Architecture Design Associates, Chengdu, China. 2010
Team: Liang Li, Min Zhang, Yunfeng Shi, David Zhu
Client: Kunming University of Technology
This is a master planing + design of a Sports Center for KMUT’s new campus. The building program includes an indoor arena, a swimming pool, and a training center for students. The outdoor program includes a field with at least one side of seating, a practice field, several basketball and tennis field, and a roller blade ground. The major challenge of this project was its tight site dimensions. Liang Li, one of China’s leading sports architecture expert led the team to come out with a holistic planning solution.
Yet another challenge of this project was the extremely short time we had for design exploration because of the submission schedule. In order to streamline the coordination between the floor plan, the seating bowl and the exterior skin, We explored Grasshopper to build a parametric skin + conceptual structure for the arena.
The form of the arena was inspired by multifaceted diamond, which will clearly represent the school’s reputation as one of the leading institutes to promote the advancement of mining industry in China. Instead of totally mimicking a gem’s multifaceted surface, a triangulated folded surface was proposed. The structure underneath the skin can be a folded plate system, or its variation.