On a site approximately 500 meters from the Bund, the Huangpu district government of Shanghai had plans for a mixed-use iconic structure for offices and sports 15 years prior. The "Sport Box," which is tightly linked with the fragile urban fabric, was finished by PTW and CCDI working together. The structure, which has been standing for a while now and serves as a landmark for civic fitness and commercial activity in the center of Shanghai's metropolitan area, is a prime example of an urban sports complex.
It is undoubtedly a
challenge for architects to create a new large-scale public building in a
complex urban environment where the old and the new are alternating，and the
construction purpose is to provide healthy and high-quality sports places and
commercial entertainment Spaces for the citizens. The architect's overall
design theme focuses on "respecting and developing the existing urban
The architects have sensitively captured the axial relationship between the plot and its adjacent environment, clearly defining the sports and commercial areas with a spatial corridor that spans the "hidden axis" of the plot.
sports center is positioned on the south side of the axis, close to the
elevated road, to cater to the dynamic and iconic nature of the city. By
placing office buildings and commercial facilities on the north side of the axis,
close to the old town, the irregular plot thus obtains a potential order, like
a fresh "urban variation".
在确定地块功能分区的基本秩序之后，建筑形体的推敲成为设计的重点。设计师将各种体育健身活动整合到45米高的长方体之中，一层平面的延伸形成游泳空间，并将游泳池的屋顶设计成空中网球场。After determining the basic order of the functional zoning of the plot, the elaboration of the architectural form has become the focus of the design. The designers integrate various sports and fitness activities into the 45-meter-high cuboid, the extension of the ground floor to form a swimming space, and the roof of the pool is designed as an aerial tennis court.Sport Box最大限度地体现透明感，与室内体育活动的认同性，并由此营造一个蕴含动感的混合体。这一概念也自然成为下一阶段表皮设计的出发点。Sport
Box maximizes the sense of transparency and identity of indoor sports
activities, thus creating a dynamic hybrid. This concept naturally became the
starting point for the next phase of skin design.
complex office is divided into corner office and courtyard office.
higher corner office building is rounded in the corner position, trying to show
a soft and friendly urban interface; The lower courtyard office building has a
right Angle theme, and the bottom two floors are raised and the structure uses
diagonal columns to create a dramatic interaction with the landscaped courtyard
inside the plot.
the architectural form of the sports area and the office area, one is just and
one is soft, one is steady and strong, and one is active, which silently fit
with the adjacent urban space.
From the perspective of urban relations, the architects set completely different building skins for the two functional areas: “运动立方”在自身立面之外，被包裹上一层布满黄色斑点的“双层表皮” ——也就是双层玻璃。而外部一层的玻璃表皮在夜幕下，会利用多媒体投影获得绚丽丰富的动感图案，加强了体育中心的反射感和透明感。The "Sports box" is
wrapped in a yellow speckled "double projection glass" outside its
own facade, which enhances the reflection and transparency of the sports
center. Under the night, the building skin uses multimedia projection to obtain
a rich and dynamic pattern.
商业办公楼的立面使用两种互补的处理手法 —— 较高的街角办公楼运用金色竖向条纹为立面表皮，庭院办公楼则以银色竖向条纹为立面表皮，竖向条纹的排列均不规则，犹如跳动的音阶，为城市生活上演节奏和旋律。The facade of
the commercial office building uses two complementary treatment methods - the
tall corner office building uses gold vertical stripes as the facade skin, and
the courtyard office building uses silver vertical stripes as the facade skin.
The vertical stripes are arranged irregularly, like a beating musical scale,
staging rhythm and melody for urban life.
different skin effects are interwoven and reflect each other, together with the
architectural space wrapped by each other, showing a certain narrative.
为使商业空间与中庭轴线产生戏剧性的互动效果，办公楼南侧二层架空，由五组钢管柱支撑上部六层楼，伸出四个方向钢管斜柱。在设计时特别考虑了二层顶板的受力,将其加厚并加强板配筋。1. The inclined
columns in the commercial office area: In order to create a dramatic
interaction between the commercial space and the atrium axis, the second floor
of the south side of the office building is raised, and the upper six floors
are supported by five sets of steel pipe columns, with four directional steel
pipe diagonal columns extended. In the structural design, the stress of the
two-storey roof is considered, which is thickened and reinforced.
center prestressed girder: Sports center standard swimming pool span 28 meters,
from the actual construction situation, although the large span steel frame can
reduce the number of temporary supports, but its on-site welding process
quality requirements are more strict. After comparison and selection, the final
structural scheme adopted is a prestressed reinforced concrete girder with a
height of 1.8m．
水上运动区域则设有一座50米长的比赛泳池，以及一个配备了冷／热水泡池的25米长训练用池，分离式更衣室和咖啡馆Basketball/badminton functional hall, squash room,
tennis court, table tennis hall, climbing wall, as well as aerobics room and
fitness center. The water sports area features a 50-meter competition pool, a
25-meter training pool equipped with hot and cold water pools, separate
changing rooms and a cafe.
Since its completion in 2007, the complex, which consists of a commercial
office building and a sports facility, has been in operation. Additionally, the
sports center has added several additional sports and exercise spaces. Shanghai
Gold Exchange, China Power Engineering Consulting Group, and East China
Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. have established offices here. As can
be seen, the land value associated with it has been completely considered under
the functional zoning rule. Huangpu Sports Center, which is "located in
the prime location of the city, refined, elegant, and interesting, with
persistent design principles in change," will definitely keep bringing a
welcome change of pace to urban life.
Project Design｜PTW Architects
Function｜Sports, Business OfficeLocation｜Huangpu District, Shanghai, China Client｜ Huangpu Government