Xili Sports and Cultural Centre
MVRDV together with Zhubo Architecture Design won the architectural competition for the Xili Sports and Cultural centre, a project seeking to transform the lives of the different generations of people living nearby, through offering a more humanistic model for sports and culture.
This new 105,000m2 centre consists of a 20,000m2 theatre-amphitheatre, 15,000m2 Basketball-Badminton arena, 10,000m2 multifunctional arena and 6,000m2 swimming pool, presenting a dynamic public space with multiple layers.
Location: Shenzhen, China
Year: 2017 +
Client: Shenzhen Nanshan Government
Programme & Size: 105,000m2 centre including a 20,000m2 theatre-amphitheatre, 15,000m2 Basketball-Badminton arena, 10,000m2 multifunctional arena and 6,000m2 swimming pool.
MVRDV’s design for the densification and development of a sports and cultural centre responds to the growing demand for fitness sports venues, with the intention of introducing a more fun, human, social and sustainable model that departs from populist Olympic-sized sports arenas. Exercise is still the main function here, but interaction within singular spaces gives way for more open zones, where different sports and social activities can occur. The centre is an urban interface that allows for flexible use during different time frames, crossing boundaries between sports and culture, whilst strengthening the community by encouraging locals and visitors to interact in these multifunctional spaces.
The 105,000m2 centre consists of a 20,000m2 theatre-amphitheatre, 15,000m2 Basketball-Badminton arena, 10,000m2 multifunctional arena and 6,000m2 swimming pool, presenting a dynamic public space with multiple layers. During the day,
The four main buildings all have simple volumes, with a recognisable identity forming a family of different characters, and each building has an activated roof open to all users suitable for all seasons. The theatre, located inside of an open ball-like volume with space in-between the functional theatre serving as a lobby and circulation space. Its large stepped green roof can be either an amphitheatre or outdoor cinema.
The ‘multifunctional arena’ is a buzzing beehive of different sports activities. Each level has a certain theme, with the running track looping through and around the courts. Volleyball, table tennis, a general sports hall and a small soccer field on top complete this volume.
The basketball court is above the main venue where big matches will be held. From bottom up, there is a plaza level with lobby, and the service levels containing all dressing rooms, next to the main hall. Above this is a second basketball venue surrounded by a mezzanine for badminton, fitness spaces, and a sports bar. Finally, the pool building is a compact volume lifted up one floor from the plaza level. Below the pools are service spaces, dressing rooms and the location of the wellness areas.
Xili Sports and Cultural Centre will be MVRDV's first project under construction in Shenzhen, starting in 2017.
Design: MVRDV - Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
Design team: Jacob van Rijs, Wenchian Shi with Gustavo van Staveren, Tiantian Zhang, Daehee Suk, Duong Vu Hong, Patryk Slusarski, Xiaoting Chen, Mikel Vazquez and Bowen Zhu
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco and Davide Calabro
Co-architects: Zhubo Architecture Design, Shenzhen, China