2022 Asian Games Masterplan and Hybrid Buildings

Hangzhou, China
Architecturaal Vormgevers
310000 Hangzhou, China
Completion by 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games
Landscape Design
Thornton Tomasetti
Mechanical Engineering
Ryan Soames Engineering
Transport Planning
Mobility in Chain
Local Architect
Zhejiang University Institute of Architectural Design

An Eco-Park that brings a 116-acre social landscape to the heart of a bustling skyscraper district.

Selected from a group of 5 international firms, Archi-Tectonics won this invited competition for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou/ China. The project faced three major challenges. First, it had to transform a barren 1.6 kilometer site bisected by a major road into an active public landscape. Second, the design had to offer facilities tailor-made for the Games events that would remain useful after they ended, as well as a 30,000 SF fitness center and community center. Third, it had to set the course for sustainable, ecologically conscious development in Hangzhou, one of China’s densest and fastest-growing cities.

Archi-Tectonics incorporated 7 buildings into a recreational landscape that activates the entire site. The 2 stadiums on opposite sides of the plot anchor the site and are connected by a pedestrian valley that passes under the road. Named the Valley Village Mall, this pedestrian spine is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and outdoor gathering areas. To transition the park after the games, the design supports uses ranging from shopping to hiking, birdwatching, boating, outdoor concerts, and major cultural events. Using a zero-earth landscape strategy, the design restores wetlands and transforms the previously flat site into a rolling hillscape. These interventions turn the site into a “Sponge City” that collects, filters, and reuses rainwater for water features, irrigation, plumbing, heating and cooling, and wetlands generation.

The park extends the activity of the streets into the landscape to add a much-needed green heart to the area, strengthens and diversifies the ecology its entire context, and creates a new center of public life in Hangzhou that will be used long after the Games end. The design is well-equipped to house activities like nature walks, basketball and skateboarding, shopping, picnics, waterfront dining, community events, and more.

Year: Competition won: 2018, Construction phase: 2020, Substantial completion: 2021
Location: Hangzhou, China
Client: Government: Gongshu District City Village Reconstruction Department
Project Type: 16-acre eco park with 2 stadiums, shopping mall, visitors and fitness centers, and 2 parking garages for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games
Size: 46.7 hectare park, 35,000 m2 Table Tennis stadium (5000 seats), 15,000 m2 Field Hockey stadium (5000 seats), 29,000 m2 commercial mall, 23,00 m2 fitness center, and 68,000 m2 underground parking, all with green roofs and natural ventilation
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
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
Transport Planning: Mobility in Chain, Italy
Mechanical Engineers: Ryan Soames Engineering
Collaborators: !melk Landscape Design | UAD Research group, Hangzhou, China
Renderings and Diagrams: Archi-Tectonics | MIC | !melk
Animation: !melk

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