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Plans unveiled for new football stadium in China’s ancient capital
China’s ongoing development of football infrastructure has seen plans unveiled for a new stadium in the city of Xi’an, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
The new Xi’an International Football Centre will be a 60,000-seat stadium for national and international matches as well as domestic league games, youth training academies, entertainment performances and cultural events.
The venue will be located in Xi’an’s Fengdong New District with its stations on the city’s expanding metro network.
With a population of nine million people and two professional football clubs, Xi’an - China’s ancient capital - will be a host city of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in China.
Taking its legacy mode of operations as the starting point of the design, the stadium has been designed to provide optimum conditions for football and maximise its use by generations after the 2023 tournament.
Integrated within the orthogonal urban grid of Fengdong’s business district, the stadium’s open façades invite the city into the heart of the building to enjoy its public spaces, recreation and dining facilities throughout the day.
Located in a series of shaded south-facing garden terraces with views over the city to Qing Mountain, these amenities will also serve spectators visiting the stadium during football matches, cultural events and performances.
The sweeping lines of the façade protect the stadium from northerly winds and convey the fluid forms of the roof that shelters the saddle-shaped seating bowl which maximises the spectator seating provided at midfield.
The design employs an ultra-lightweight long span cable-net roof structure, resulting in a minimum load and material footprint that in turn reduces the stadium’s primary structure. Wide perimeter roof overhangs shelter facilities within the building’s envelope while the large, shaded, open-air terraces and public concourses incorporate extensive planting on all levels, providing comfortable conditions in Xi’an’s hot continental summer climate.
Supported by the tensioned cable-net structure, a translucent membrane over the seating protects spectators from inclement weather and direct sunlight while also allowing the most amount of natural light to reach the playing surface, promoting the growth of grass on the pitch to provide playing conditions of the highest standard.
Digital modelling has defined the geometry of the spectators’ seating bowl to optimise proximity and views to the field of play from all 60,000 seats, generating the most exciting atmosphere for football and ensuring an outstanding match experience for all players and spectators.
Image: Xi’an International Football Centre. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.
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