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Suzhou's New Sport Centre – A Hamburg Design

Construction of the SIP Sports Centre has started in the Chinese city of Suzhou – the plans were drawn by Ham burg's star architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partner

Construction work on the SIP Sports Centre has started in the Chinese city of Suzhou. The multi-functional sports centre in Suzhou Industrial Park, designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), has been scheduled for completion in 2017. The complex combines sports facilities for large events, leisure and cultural facilities, as well as shopping and hotel functions in a generous, publicly accessible park landscape.

Hamburg Designs for China’s Garden City

Suzhou is famous in China for its landscape design, and the masterplan for this new sports park is based on this tradition. In a modern interpretation of the city’s traditional gardens, an informally designed park landscape flows around the podiums that rise in straight lines from the surrounding streets and support the stadiums. The curved roofs of the stadiums give the impression of pavilions, marking the high points in this landscape. As visitors walk along the curved pathways, various vistas open up to water features, pavilion architecture, and the landscape. The site opens out to the Xietang River to the south, with various sportsgrounds embedded in the landscape.

Attractive Heart of a New Neighbourhood

The sports park – which has been developed jointly by the city and district authorities – includes a 45,000-seat stadium, an indoor pool with 3,000 seats, and a sports hall with 15,000 seats, and is surrounded by numerous residential quarters and a lively ambience. With its wide range of functions, beyond pure sporting events, the park has been designed to ensure a permanent and sustainable flow of visitors.

The facility is well connected to the Metro and offers the Suzhou citizens not only park, sports and leisure facilities but also various shops for day-to-day needs, thus creating an attractive centre for the new part of the city.

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About von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp)

Gerkan, Marg & Partners (gmp) is an international, architectural company based in Hamburg The company was founded in 1965 by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg, and now has 400 employees offices all around the world, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hanoi, New Delhi, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro. In national and international competitions, gmp has won over 400 awards, including more than 200 first prizes as well as numerous awards for exemplary architecture. In the international architects ranking by revenue, gmp is ranked 23rd worldwide.

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