Beijing 2008 Olympic Hockey Temporary Venue

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Details

BVN in association with CCDI
Client
China Construction Shenzhen Design International
Location
2 Lincui Road, Chaoyang CHINA
Value
$65,000,000
Services
Masterplanning, venue design and documentation, operational design, high level construction review
Size

26500 m2 GFA

166800 m2 Site area

Description

An international competition for three venues – Tennis, Hockey and Archery – was held in 2004. BVN Architecture, with CCDI, was the winner. Tennis is a permanent venue and Hockey and Archery are temporary venues.

The Hockey facility has temporary seating tiers using scaffolding with a capacity of 15,000 seats. The associated change rooms, VIP areas, broadcasting and press facilities are in buildings that connect to the back of the seating tiers. These buildings have a robust rectilinear order suitable for temporary construction.

The pitch is artificial and required levelling to an extraordinary accuracy because watering is used to control ball speed. Too much fall would affect playing conditions. The base and sub-base of the pitch were developed to higher specifications than road base and foundations. For not only was the levelling vitally important but also no subsidence could be allowed.

Archery was a temporary venue for 10,000 spectators. Each of its raking tiers is inclined so they ‘open’ to the west allowing good viewing angles of the targets. The raking tiers are made of scaffold and the change equipment, VIP, media, and press facilities are in separate buildings.

With both venues, the main public entrance is on the west and to the east are the parklands and hills of Beijing Olympic Green.

Location

2 Lincui Road, Chaoyang CHINA

Awards

2006
The Trophy of Century Construction Outstanding Award Integrated Awards
The 2006 Trophy of Century Construction Outstanding Award Integrated Awards
2008
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Commendation for International Architecture
World Architecture Festival Shortlist
RAIA International Architecture Commentation
2009
IPC/IAKS Distinction
Bronze Medal IOC IAKS Award
The International Olympic Committee and (IAKS) The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities - Bronze Medal
The International Paralympic Committee and (IAKS) The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities - Distinction

Brief Elements

  • 10,000 seat centre court stadium
  • 4,000 and 2,000 seat show courts
  • 6 practice courts
  • 7 x 200 seat match courts
  • Player, VIP and spectator support facilities