Xi’an Olympic Center is a multi-purpose sports facility that includes a 60,000 seats main stadium, 18,000 seats gymnasium and 4,000 seats swimming hall. The sports center functions as both games and show venues, which provides training for track and fields, football and other sports events. The Center also provides urban public space that accommodates music festivals, markets or festivals.Inspirations for Xi’an Olympic Center design came from the city’s association with Silk Road.
The planning echoed a landscape bound by Mount Li on the east and River Ba on the west. The form idea of main stadium started from abstraction of the Xi ‘an city flower – pomegranate. The stadium plays a key role in the city’s development and serves as a beacon for the international inland port.The main stadium is shaped as saddles, east-west higher, north-south lower.
The undulating lines of roof and facade makes for rich play between light and shadow. The horizontal lines on the facade follow the undulating facade, symbolizing silk.Supporting the canopy and façade systems are 7 groups/ 28 V-shaped columns. There are two set points as front and rear supporting unit: the steel structure support column at the last row of the grandstand; the V-shaped reinforced concrete support column at the outdoor platform on the second floor.
The 28 “petals” correspond to the curtain wall system of silvery perforated aluminum panels, which presents the movement of flowing silk. The fine textures of the facade system and rough concrete create a sharp contrast, illustrating the power and beauty of sports buildings.The roof is made of metal and photovoltaic panels, and its night scene floodlight design highlights the architectural form of pomegranate flower blooming posture and silk dancing rhythm.Besides, it breaks away from the traditional single-purpose limit of stadium.
Full consideration of operation, maintenance and post-game functions were addressed during the design period. The stadium has successfully hosted the 14th national games and will also provide a flexible and modern facility for future use and activities..
Master plan and Main Stadium design of Xi’an Olympic Center Gallery
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