The Sports Center La Scala stands as a trailblazing example of successfully merging sports, nature, and culture. The significance of sport centers, especially stadiums, for a city is undeniable; however, they often pose a challenge to the urban fabric.
Typically, they are lively only during events but remain empty and unused at most times. To seamlessly integrate La Scala into a natural landscape, this design transforms a stadium into a gathering and leisure spot for the local population.
The existing park is being extended over the building, adorned with numerous shade-providing trees. This creates an inviting environment for a wide range of outdoor activities, including table tennis, various ball games, climbing gardens on the facades, hiking trails, and skate parks, inviting people to engage in sports and enjoy nature.
An important aspect is the site‘s high quality to spend time, achieved by blending the stadium with nature. The population receives not only a modern sports center but also a rejuvenating retreat amidst an ecologically valuable landscape.
This concept not only promotes sustainability but also enhances the residents‘ well-being and health. The ecological strategy ensures the preservation and reconstruction of the existing natural area at the same time.
Extensive tree plantation creates a pleasant microclimate that can reduce temperatures by up to 5 degrees Celsius during the summer. This measure contributes to climate adaptation and re-duces heat islands in the city.
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To focus even more on an environmental commitment, a new method of humus buildup and anchoring tree roots comes to play, which was imported from Japan and successfully tested. This technology not only alleviates the burden of heavy construction for trees but also preserves the soil and environment.
Instead of the stadium body, the entrance areas are architecturally emphasized to create an inviting atmosphere. On the rooftop landscape restaurants, small shops, bars, and a sports museum offer a wide range of entertainment and leisure options for all age groups. Source by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA).
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA)
Project Team: Dušan Sekulić, Andreea Birzu, Roland Lipusz, Thomas Peter-Hindelang, Gianmarco Paglierani, Lisa Reichenecker, Stanislav Subbotin, Mira Al-Suradi
Project Coordination: Yiju Ding
Landscape Design: Yiju Ding
Structural Engineering: Bollinger + Grohmann, ZT GmbH
Mobility Concept: Redas engineering
Images: Courtesy of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA)