SOSC Shanghai Oriental Sports Center

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The expansion of the existing sports center located along the bank of the Huangpu hosts the FINA Swimming World Championship 2011. Along the shore of an artificial lake three stadiums and one media center were developed. A shared formal idiom and use of material unify the three sports buildings: longspan steel structures with large-format rectangular elements made of coated aluminium sheets evoke the image of sails in the wind. The hall stadium with a round ground plan and an encircling, 35 m high foyer with glass facades will later be used for other sports and cultural events. The roof structure of the rectangular swimming hall (“Natatorium”) is made of sectional steel girders with triangular glass surfaces and spans over four pools in a row. Roof trusses with a leightweight membrane cantilever above the circular grandstands of the outdoor pools, providing protection against sun and rain.

Shanghai Administration of Sport

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Scope of our work
conceptual design, construction design, site supervision

gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Total area
394,000 m²

Multifunctional Sports Hall
18,000 seats

Frame structure
span max. 150 m

Swimming Hall
5,000 seats

Arch structure
span max. 95 m
length 210 m
width 120 m
height 22 m

Outdoor Pool
5,000 seats

Cantilever structure
spatial ring effect

Diameter outside
130 m, inside 90 m

Marcus Bredt

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