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MAD blends nature and architecture with hill-shaped sports campus

MAD blends nature and architec...
The Quzhou Sports Campus is a massive project and will measure 173 acres (70 hectares)
The Quzhou Sports Campus is a massive project and will measure 173 acres (70 hectares)
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Several of the Quzhou Sports Campus buildings take the form of large hills
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Several of the Quzhou Sports Campus buildings take the form of large hills
The Quzhou Sports Campus facilities will include a 30,000-seat stadium, a 10,000-seat gymnasium, a 2,000-seat indoor swimming pool, a national sports complex, and an outdoor sports venue
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The Quzhou Sports Campus facilities will include a 30,000-seat stadium, a 10,000-seat gymnasium, a 2,000-seat indoor swimming pool, a national sports complex, and an outdoor sports venue
The Quzhou Sports Campus is a massive project and will measure 173 acres (70 hectares)
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The Quzhou Sports Campus is a massive project and will measure 173 acres (70 hectares)
The Quzhou Sports Campus is an example of MAD's desire to mix nature and architecture
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The Quzhou Sports Campus is an example of MAD's desire to mix nature and architecture
"Quzhou Sports Campus abandons the traditional urban construction model of conventional large square landmarks," says MAD's Ma Yansong
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"Quzhou Sports Campus abandons the traditional urban construction model of conventional large square landmarks," says MAD's Ma Yansong
Non-sporting activities on the site will include a science and technology museum, hotel accommodation, a youth center and a retail area
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Non-sporting activities on the site will include a science and technology museum, hotel accommodation, a youth center and a retail area
The Quzhou Sports Campus perimeter will be surrounded by trees
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The Quzhou Sports Campus perimeter will be surrounded by trees
The Quzhou Sports Campus will measure 173 acres (70 hectares)
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The Quzhou Sports Campus will measure 173 acres (70 hectares)

The Quzhou Sports Campus is the latest example of MAD's long-running interest in blending nature and architecture. Currently under construction and due to open in 2021, it will feature a stadium, gymnasium and other sporting attractions – some of which will take the form of undulating hills.

The Quzhou Sports Campus is a massive project and will measure 173 acres (70 hectares), with facilities including a 30,000-seat stadium, a 10,000-seat gymnasium, a 2,000-seat indoor swimming pool, a national sports complex, and an outdoor sports venue. There will also be a science and technology museum, a youth center, hotel accommodation, and retail areas.

Several of the buildings look like large greenery-covered hills and will be topped by skylights to allow natural light to permeate within. Paths, or "mountain trails," will allow people to walk among the nature-infused buildings and even on top of them. This blending of nature and architecture is clearly a passion for MAD boss Ma Yansong and can be seen in many of his projects, including the recent Gardenhouse.

The Quzhou Sports Campus is an example of MAD's desire to mix nature and architecture
The Quzhou Sports Campus is an example of MAD's desire to mix nature and architecture

The stadium will take the form of a crater buried into the ground and a lake is also planned for the middle of the park. The perimeter of the site will be lined by trees.

"Quzhou Sports Campus abandons the traditional urban construction model of conventional large square landmarks," says Ma Yansong. "Drawing on land art and the natural landscape, it forms a unique urban space, one that is embedded in the spiritual understanding of the people, nature, and culture of the city."

If the Quzhou Sports Campus looks vaguely familiar, that's probably because it bears some similarity to MAD's first (and ultimately rejected) Lucas Museum. However, whereas the design looked a bit awkward in the Chicago location, it seems a much better fit here.

Source: MAD

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