urbantect has reconstructed banan stadium in chongqing, china, wrapping its exterior in a perforated aluminum mesh that becomes the visual focus of the project. colored metal-clad boxes protrude from the lower part of its façade, which enclose retail stores and offer a platform for billboard placements. the boxes are placed facing the pedestrian street on the southeast side, while their corners have been sliced, formin tilted reflective stainless steel surfaces that act as interactive devices between the architecture and passersby.
all images courtesy of urbantect
urbantect has brought life back to banan stadium, which used to be one of the important landmarks in banan district of chongqing, but was soon abandoned and deteriorated. the reconstruction of the stadium has the intention of bringing life back to the stadium and its surroundings as the highlight within the community in banan district. the reconstruction has effectively reactivated the functionality of the stadium, while the adjacent pedestrian street became livelier.
‘the main design challenge was to determine how to achieve the concept of combining monumental landmarks with street life without affecting the primary structure of the stadium, as required by the project,’ explains the beijing-based studio. ‘another design challenge was to realize how to reflect the contradictory and progressive demands of the present, while preserving the historical characteristics of this distinctive architecture in banan, chongqing.’
birds eye’s view of the perforated aluminum façade and the commercial storefront
the colored metal cladding boxes were designed to distinguish types of commercial spaces on the second floor and a platform for billboard placements
tilted reflective stainless steel that acts as an interactive device between the architecture and pedestrians
façade and commercial storefront analysis
masterplan of banan stadium located on pingjiang east road, banan district, chongqing
ground floor plan
second floor plan
third floor plan
roof planelevation view of banan stadiumsectional view where service ducts and pipes travel internally towards the facade
name: banan stadium
team: yuji ji, gang zheng, xi wei, shixin gao, bing feng
location: banan district, chongqing, china
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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom