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Brief Published: 20 Jul 2011

Shanghai Sports Centre


The newest building to jump into the ring to aid Shanghai’s ambition of becoming a new global capital of culture is the Oriental Sports Centre, designed by Hamburg-based architects GMP Architekten.

The impressive complex, which opened this weekend, consists of three separate buildings, which although different in size and shape, are unified by repeated white arches spanning the width of each space.

The vast natatorium, which holds more than 3,500 seats, contains a total of four swimming pools – two standard lane pools, a diving pool and a leisure pool. Not content with that haul, there's also an open-air pavilion, positioned in the centre of an artificial island and surrounded by man-made ponds and fountains. A hall stadium completes the imposing venue's trio of modernist structures.

See our report Shanghai Museum of Glass for another example of a building supporting the Chinese city’s cultural ambitions.

GMP Architekten