The construction of three major venues for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 – the main arena, the aquatics center, and the comprehensive training center – has come to the final stage, according to what our reporter witnessed on 7th February. It is said the pressure testing stage may start in March.
Up to now the main arena and the aquatics center have completed 95% of the construction and installation investment, and the comprehensive training center above 92%.
The arena and the aquatics center, where basketball, swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions are held, covers a total area of 22.79 hectares, the overall floorage reaching 396,950 square meters. The arena can accommodate 18,000 seats, including 15,000 fixed seats and 3,000 flexible ones, and the aquatics center can accommodate 6,000 seats. Rooms reserved for social causes and other supporting rooms are also arranged.
The arena has five floors above the ground and the aquatics center two floors (three in some parts). In total there are 2,587 standard parking spaces, 2,381 underground and 206 overground.
The main bodies adopt cast-in-place reinforced concrete frame – shear wall structure. The two venues share one steel structure roof. Aluminium magnesium alloy covers the arena, the aquatics center, and the atrium, shaped into a free hyperboloid. Such unique streamline design combines double-layer silver metal surface – not full coverage – with a platform which has two wings spreading out, thus presenting the cultural theme of Hangzhou – Butterfly Transformation (Butterfly Lovers). The “dancing butterfly” echoes the flower-looking main arena across the river. Together they'll form a new landmark in Hangzhou.
“For the Asian Games during the event; for the city after the event.” The three venues will introduce famous international competitions (international IPs) and develop local competitions (local IPs) after the Asian Games and provide citizens with first-class sports venues and international, diversified training experience from various sports brands. Moreover, the concept of “Happy Education” will be introduced from abroad to help develop a “sports training base for the young”.
Focusing on sports competitions, nationwide fitness, and recreational activities, the project aims to build a new generation of sports complex integrating innovative supporting business, industrial service, and smart application.