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Introducing China’s $1.5bn Dalian Sports Centre

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Nadel Architects designed the new, world-class Dalian Sports Centre, which is a phenomenal 203-acre sports and entertainment complex located in the Chinese city of Dalian, on the Liaodong Peninsula, adjacent to Korea.

The $1.5bn project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. In addition to five major sports venues, the complex includes a 30-storey, 440-room, 5-star Kempinski hotel and conference centre, a 40,500sqm athletes’ training facility, and offices for coaches.

The sports complex, which hosted the China National Games upon completion of construction in September 2013, is designed to meet Olympic standards and is one of only a handful of sporting facilities in the world where venues of this scale are all incorporated on one site.

Venues include a 61,000-seat soccer stadium, an 18,000-seat indoor arena managed by AEG, a 9,600-seat tennis stadium, a 5,000-seat natatorium, a 3,000-seat baseball stadium, a comprehensive training and sports research facility, as well as living quarters to accommodate athletes.

Designed to accommodate numerous music concerts, sporting events, cultural and family events year-round, the new facility will not only serve as a regional sports centre – propelling Dalian’s world famous athletes to the forefront of training and international competition – but will also serve as an international tourist destination, entertainment venue and spiritually meaningful place to exercise, meditate and enjoy nature.

“In my 50-year career, this is the most remarkable project in which I’ve ever been involved,” said Herb Nadel, FAIA, founding Principal of Nadel Architects. “I am terribly proud and excited to witness our team’s innovative design become a reality. Seeing this incredible center completed and built to world-class design standards is a true honour.”

Reinforcing the cohesiveness of the city’s masterplan, the team, directed by Michael Hwa, planned the new year-round sports complex to connect residential neighbourhoods with entertainment, retail and office space. The Dalian Sports Centre creates a link through the heart of the city’s newest development zone, becoming an anchor for the community and catapulting the city into a modern and connected city of the future.

Conceived as a “sports artery”, the Centre incorporates an ‘S’-shaped pathway as the main link between facilities during competition events. The pathway acts as a gently curving spine, crossing the site and connecting all the major venues like tendons connecting the muscles of the athletes. Creatively blending landscape and the human form, the design effectively connects each of the sporting venues not only to each other, but also to the city’s transportation infrastructure and to the community as a whole.

“The genesis behind the dynamic design of the facility was to capture the awe-inspiring speed, graceful lines and kinetic movements of competing athletes,” said Nadel. “Our design has connected the movement of the buildings with the muscles of the athletes – long graceful curves and lines – all providing a visual ‘flow’ that captivates each person as they move through the complex.”

The largest structure within the complex is the elliptical-shaped, 61,000-seat outdoor stadium, designed to accommodate soccer matches and other international sports competitions. Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) – a transparent polymer popularized by Beijing’s Water Cube in the 2008 Summer Olympics – was used for the ‘skin’ of the outdoor stadium due to its versatility. The sophisticated material is lighter weight, transmits more light, insulates better and has a lower installation cost than glass or plastic. The stadium’s ETFE cushions, which are shades of white, grey and blue during the day, are illuminated with LED lights at night, displaying custom colour patterns to represent the competing teams or to symbolize a particular event.

During winter, Dalian faces challenging weather and snow, requiring great ingenuity on the part of Nadel’s project team in the stadium’s design and materials used. To tackle this challenge, Nadel used Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to innovatively design, research and test the stadium exterior’s steel frame with a custom drainage system covered with a membrane of 2,745 ETFE cushions.

Adjacent to the outdoor stadium along the ‘S’ pathway is the 18,000-seat indoor arena, whose exterior features supple arching lines, representing an athlete’s muscles wrapping around a strong core. Managed by AEG, the indoor arena is used for an array of entertainment and sporting events, including basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, weight lifting, wrestling and martial arts, as well as a variety of music concerts.

The design of the natatorium was inspired by the waves of the sea. The natatorium boasts 5,000 spectator seats; a 10-lane, 50m pool for swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo competitions; a diving pool with 0.6, 2.6, 5.0, 7.5 and 10m diving platforms; an 8-lane, 50m warm up pool; and men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The 9,600-seat tennis stadium was designed to be both large and intimate, with every seat close to the action providing an unobstructed view of each event. The seating bowl of the arena sits within a live landscaped trellis structure, which embraces the spectators in field of green and light mirroring traditional European tennis venues and complementing the year-round landscaping of the ‘S’ shaped pathway.

Nadel’s design team worked on a fast-track schedule to complete the sports centre in time for the 2013 China National Games. Nadel’s unique approach to the design and construction process allowed the entire project team to work together and develop an efficient timetable. The result is a facility that was completed under a tight deadline, without sacrificing the integrity of the design.

“This new facility is truly the architectural heart of the district, setting a benchmark for future developments that will serve the community,” said Nadel.

Joining Nadel on the project was Andrew Wolff, AIA, LEED® AP, senior designer; John Yang, project manager; and Michael Hwa, project director as well as a large team of designers and production staff.


Dalian Sports Centre: Project Specifications

• 61,000-seat soccer stadium
• 18,000-seat indoor arena
• 9,600-seat tennis stadium
• 5,000-seat natatorium
• 3,000-seat baseball stadium
• 30-storey, 440 room, 5-star Kempinski Hotel and media centre
• 40,500sqm training and support research facility with 4 levels of athletic training space and 6 levels of office space for coaches

Nadel Architects is responsible for the design of China's $1.5bn Dalian Sports Centre. The new 203-acre sports and entertainment complex is one of the only sports facilities in the world where all venues of this scale are incorporated on one site.

Nadel Architects is responsible for the design of China’s $1.5bn Dalian Sports Centre. The new 203-acre sports and entertainment complex is one of only a handful of sports facilities where venues of this scale are all incorporated on one site.

Early completion of first works on the new Perth Stadium

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Pre-construction site works at the new Perth Stadium have finished six weeks ahead of schedule, bringing the State one step closer to the start of construction on the world-class venue.

Terry Waldron, Sport & Recreation Minister, along with Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia, visited the stadium site yesterday to congratulate the project team and contractor, Ertech Keller Joint Venture, on achieving this significant works milestone.

Mr Barnett, said: “The pre-construction site works are critical to ensure the ground is fully prepared for the stadium and sports precinct construction due to start at the end of 2014. The work involved the compaction of nine hectares across key areas of the site and installation of 55,459 wick drains to provide a drainage path for groundwater up to the surface. More than 740,000 tonnes of sand surcharge was then placed across the site. The sand will be left to settle for the next six to nine months, ensuring optimal ground conditions ahead of the start of construction.”

Mr Waldron added environmental and settlement monitoring would continue during this period. Some parts of the site will settle up to two metres – at an average of 4 to 10mm per day.

“The length of the wick drains inserted into the site would stretch from Perth to South Hedland if laid end-to-end, and the volume of sand surcharge placed across the site would fill 288 Olympic-size swimming pools,” stated Mr Waldron. “We shouldn’t underestimate the enormity of the physical works that have been undertaken on this site. Despite the geotechnical challenges associated with building on the Burswood Peninsula, the State Government ensured the proper planning, investigations and modelling were undertaken, resulting in a fantastic outcome.”

Meanwhile, the Minister said the rigorous evaluation of the three proposals to design, build, partially finance, and maintain the new Perth Stadium and sports precinct continued on schedule. Each proposal is several thousand pages long and responds to the technical, operational, and commercial requirements set in the Request for Proposals documentation. The successful consortium and its design will be announced mid-year.

Quick Facts on the new Perth Stadium

  • Open for the 2018 AFL season
  • It will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events
  • Initial 60,000-seat capacity
  • A ‘fans first’ approach to design and technology
  • An integrated public transport approach that includes rail, bus and pedestrian solutions
Aerial photo with overlay – March 2014. Copyright © 2009-2014 Government of Western Australia.

Aerial photo with overlay – March 2014. Copyright © 2009-2014 Government of Western Australia.

Top truss goes into Singapore National Stadium

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The highest roof truss has been installed in the new National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub, an important step towards the completion of this new Singapore landmark and the crown jewel of the Sports Hub, with the entire construction project on track to open in April 2014.

When completed, the new National Stadium will have the largest free-spanning dome roof in the world, covering 310 metres wide. This dome will incorporate a moving roof, ensuring the stadium is protected from extreme weather conditions. The result is a stadium design with an integrated bowl cooling system that uses less than 15 per cent of energy as compared to a conventional air-conditioned stadium.

Mr. Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, visiting the site, said:

I’m glad that we’ve reached this major milestone in the construction of the National Stadium. This testifies to the commitment and dedication of our partners to deliver the project on schedule. I’ve talked to many people in the sports community, and we are all excited about the completion of the Stadium and the Sports Hub.

Mr. Ludwig Reichhold, Managing Director, Dragages Singapore Pte. Ltd. said:

Designing and building the largest free-spanning dome in the world is definitely not an easy feat and much credit goes to the very close working relationship between the design and production teams. Once finished, we will have constructed a fixed roof which has around 12,000 elements – along with a retractable roof over the stadium pitch with the approximate weight of about 1,000 tons – a testament to the high level of engineering and ingenuity that has gone into this innovative design. Levering the highest truss into place is a defining point in time and a symbolic pillar in the build of the National Stadium, and keeps us on track to finish the project by April 2014.

The highest truss of the new National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub has been completed – measuring at approximately 77.5 metres above pitch level.

The highest truss of the new National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub has been completed – measuring at approximately 77.5 metres above pitch level.

Keepmoat Stadium set to host world title fight showdown

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World boxing fans are set to descend on Doncaster as the Keepmoat Stadium has been chosen to host the IBF Bantamweight world title fight in May.

Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell will be disputing the IBF Bantamweight crown against Mexican Julio Ceja on 11 May. The event will be the first time the stadium has hosted a night of international boxing.

Promoter Dennis Hobson said:

I am delighted to bringing the world title fight to the Keepmoat Stadium. Both Jamie and I have long been determined for his world title fight to take place at his home Stadium.

Ceja’s camp really wanted the fight to be staged in Mexico and we had to work really hard to bring this fight to South Yorkshire. The facilities at the Keepmoat Stadium are fantastic and Jamie is exceptionally proud to be showcasing Doncaster and the stadium to the world.

“We have been working very closely with Dennis Hobson and his team to secure the world title fight and it is another great accomplishment for the Stadium and strengthens the venues credentials as a multi-purpose facility,” said Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers.

Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell will fight for the IBF Bantamweight world title at Keepmoat Stadium in May.