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Brief Published: 25 Aug 2011

Chinese Universiade Sports Centre


The Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, southern China, opened in time for the Summer World University Games, which began on August 12. It’s sure to bolster China’s growing reputation for contemporary architectural excellence.

Designed by Hamburg-based GMP Architekten, the building’s mammoth three-part crystalline structure is connected by manicured pathways and surrounded by artificial lakes, which – according to the architects – pay homage to the idea of horticultural unity.

The centre’s three buildings include a stadium, with green steel supporters jetting from ground to the roof that are reminiscent of a bamboo forest; a multifunctional hall and a swimming pool. After the Games, the entire complex will be transformed into a leisure and recreation centre for public use.

GMP Architekten