Ordos Smart Sports Park / Plat Asia
Ordos Smart Sports Park / Plat Asia
Textual description provided by the architects. PLAT ASIA is designed to renovate the urban plaza “SHIJIE” in Kangbashi District, Ordos, China, and turn it into a smart sports park friendly to all people to meet the necessity of the growing pursuit of a healthy lifestyle using public spaces. The original square is surrounded by residents area, office building, school and exhibition center, with critical location and convenient transportation. There is a “Shiji” statue on the 19.7-hectare site, an open-edge urban plaza assembled with a few public facilities and several wicket-ball courts already. However, the lack of rational configuration, professional grandstand, sufficient service and venue space led to the presence of unwelcome green land in the city and low utilization efficiency, which needed rapid renovation.
19.7-8.7×106: Ordos Land Fabric. The Ordos region extends over an area of 87 thousand square kilometers, including desert, steppes and rivers. Translating this unique and coexisting landscape into a spatial experience in the garden is the first concept derived from the ideas of lead designer, Bian Baoyang. The Kobuki Desert and the Muas Desert, influenced by northwesterly winds in a desert climate, form blocks of sand dunes in a slow slope in the northwest and rising in the southeast, which inspired small reliefs in the same direction in the park. The desert steppes of Ordos record the history of geological transformation for thousands and hundreds of years. The design shows the grassland of the steppe elements as the background of the garden. The Zigzag HONGLIU rivers from south to north through WUSHEN County, and the Yellow River flows from west to east in DALATE County. These curved lines drawn from the undulating rivers form a dynamic route for the entire course, with island-like spaces for resting, at a stimulating pace, and meeting up with family or friends.
A comprehensive sports park that is friendly to all ages. Derived from the fabric of the local land, it generates the layout and circulation path. The circular amphitheater symbolizes the river in the field as the first step. The blue amphitheater represents the Ordos sky and the reflection of the river. The renovation remains the themed sculpture line in the central axis of the park and enhances the main amphitheater. The five matrices are grouped into different functions, grouped by age and exercise habits. The comprehensive ball court areas, located in a bare area in the northwest, include soccer field sizes of 5 and 7-A-Side, basketball courts, tennis courts, badminton courts, and table tennis courts, which cater to multiple professional and recreational scenes. ; Children’s playground in the heart of the park; Bike field intended for teenagers. Comprehensive exercise area for seniors; The original gate ball courts area has a new gate ball field for some professional games. As for the area of alkaline soil that is not suitable for agriculture, it is used as a seasonal place, a sand pit area in the summer, and ski trails in the winter. A new water pool and gesture-based fountain can bring water activity to the garden.
Children’s Wonderland: Embrace nature in an elevated setting. The new architecture in the center of the park, which includes a children’s playground and a park management service center with a rooftop view, offers a panoramic view of the park and the city. The facade of the service center building includes some entertainment equipment for children. The first floor contains an office, a sports shop, a shop, a café and a restroom. The semi-open corridor and the facade with vertical shade enhance transparency and conversation between people.
“Dunes” in sunlight: views of the thresholds. The parks essentially maintain the forest-grassland character of Ordos, allowing some human-scale recreational activities in the grasslands, such as camping, a popular lifestyle nowadays. Landscape designers keep the original tall trees well-grown and remove the dense, cluttered underbrush that obstructs the view of the open surroundings. This transparent landscape layer taps into the feeling of psychological safety in this environment and maintains a connection with people and nature. Plant new native species with native Populous alba, Pinus sylvestris and Salix matsudana to grow a native plant ecosystem. The shading system maintains a single design language. Besides the natural tree shelters, the pavilions with membrane structure are located in different places and spaces, supporting a comfortable resting area along the paths, and facing space in the walkway to help take care of children, which is applicable to various scenes. Those shelters with curved hill lines and directions block the sun’s rays all day long and respond to the sand dunes, especially in Ordos.
Smart and healthy habitats. The park applies an intelligent management platform system to work and interact with people. A smart landscape installation includes controllable lighting; Monitor traffic data for jogging loop; Intelligent navigation system compatible with VI system; Water filtration system; Charging relies on solar energy and smart storage built into the outdoor furniture. To a large extent, these intelligent systems help build personalized and sustainable service for people in forward-looking planning. Habitat health focuses on water circulation and the use of green materials. The site follows the original topography with elevation difference, sets an advance path for the stream and penetrating materials, collects water in the swamp, and finally maintains the water balance of the park.
Design for people. Since its completion and opening in August 2023, the park has attracted many people to visit and play in it, especially the children’s playground which has received many favourites. At the same time, the football stadium hosted some professional matches, which served as a prominent park in Ordos. Under strict budgetary control, designers complete this garden renovation challenge with clients, collaborators and contractors. The Ordos Intelligent Sports Park fulfilled the nature of the urban arena for people, led the trend towards a healthy lifestyle, and let the green lands return to everyone’s routine.
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