BEIJING – Located in the urban district of Shijingshan in Beijing, China, the 1/2 Stadium project lays ground for the much needed and long overdue revamp of a local vocational high school’s sports facilities. Chinese studio Interval Architects has come up with an appropriate architectural response, tailored to a diverse and complex programme.
Initially approached to carry out the sole renovation of the premises, the architects ended up undertaking a project of greater scope – something they actually deemed necessary since the very moment their services were enlisted – which would comprehensively address the lack of coherence and identity within and between the existing infrastructures.
Principals Oscar KO and GU Yunduan opted for a discontinuous loop structure that conveniently accommodates all of the programmatic requirements and, as it transcends mere function, embodies a unifying vocabulary of forms and materials which yet remains just as eloquent and stirring.
Scattered with trees functioning as buffers in-between programmatic elements, the intervention also comprises an outdoor stage boasting an expressive cantilevered roof, as well as a ping-pong pavilion with emphatic horizontal lines. Both of these design elements participate in implementing unique and attractive spatial conditions.
Photos GU Yunduan