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Basketball stadium
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Basketball stadium Dongguan gmp von Gerkan Marg und PartnerIn the southern Chinese city of Dongguan – a city of several million – a basketball stadium has been completed to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The building can be seen from afar and is a landmark that provides identity and orientation to the people in the new district of Liaobu. The stadium has space for nearly 15,000 visitors and can be used for sports and other events; it is the new main competition venue for one of the most successful Chinese basketball teams, the Dongguan Leopards. Basketball is increasingly popular with the Chinese, particularly so since Yao Ming, who is celebrated as a national hero, made his entry into the US basketball league – the NBA.

Basketball stadium Dongguan gmp von Gerkan Marg und PartnerThe design of the stadium transforms the elements of the sport of basketball in various ways: situated on a raised platform, the circular ring is reminiscent of the hoop of a basketball basket to which the facade is attached like the net to the hoop. The typical orange colour of the ball appears behind the net-like facade in the form of the external structure of the arena, and also features in the interior design. The steel roof structure of the stadium has a diameter of 157 meters. It consists of an external, vertically undulating pressure ring. From this are suspended 28 ribbons, on which lattice frame structures are placed for bracing. The roof area is supported on zig-zag shaped struts. A unique feature worldwide is the cable network facade between roof and floor, which consists of triangular panels with insulating glazing.

The stadium is surrounded by extensive parkland which acts as a buffer zone between the building and the relatively noisy surrounding roads. The design of the landscape takes its cue from the shape of the stadium. Extensive green areas and curved pathways along water features surround the stadium and serve as sport and leisure areas.
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Basketball stadium Dongguan gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Province
Guangdong
Prefecture
Dongguan
Metropolitan area
Qiuling
Town
Liaobu
Address
Dongbu Expressway, Feeder Line / Songshanhu Ave
 
 
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Sports buildings
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public parks
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006 - 2009     project winner of competition
Realisation
2009 - 2014
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CLIENT
 
 
Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 60,600
Capacity
14,730 seats
Diameter
roof m. 157
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STRUCTURES
 
 
sbp - schlaich bergermann and partners
Stuttgart
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STAFF
 
Design
Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project management
Katina Roloff
Design team
Scheme
Yang Li, Linda Stannieder, Yin Chao Jie, Cao Ping, Marlene Törper, Zhou Bin

Detailed
Cao Ping, Yang Li, Yin Chao Jie, Jenny Thia, Andreas Maue, Pan Xin, Matthias Wiegelmann, Johannes Erdmann, Clemens Döhler, Sun Lulu, Artur Platt, Zhou Bin, Li Ling
Architect of record
CABR
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Christian Gahl
Drawings © gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner
Text edited by gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner
Courtesy of gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner

Basketball stadium Dongguan gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner



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