the 14th Winter Olympics will kick off on February 4, 2022 in China, with sporting events staged in three different locations: Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou.
The Olympic Games offer an important opportunity to renew existing sports facilities and to revive former industrial areas with lasting transformation. In Beijing, sports facilities built for the 2008 Summer Olympics will be reused; the only new Olympic project in the Chinese capital is located Shougang Industrial Park, formerly one of the largest steelworks in the region. Big Air Shougang The freestyle ski and snowboard slope is a new sports facility and a project to transform the industrial park into TeamLess, the workshop of architect and teacher Brian Li Zhang, current dean of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
New Big Air Shougang The ski slope is the key to the whole project, located on the shores of Qunming Lake, whose waters were once used in the steelworks cooling system. The lake offered an important source of inspiration, as the architects were inspired for the design of the sports complex from the representation of the Apsaras in Buddhist mythology: water nymphs often depicted in flight with long scarves fluttering in the wind. The parallel with athletes performing spectacular jumps will be clear. The large cooling towers of the steelworks have been preserved along the slope, and these volumes, as well as the old Oxygen plant and other works testifying to the industrial past of the district, contribute to the construction of the landscape of a new park. At the end of the Games, the old Oxygen Factory will become a new home for start-ups.
On January 21, an exhibition will open at Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin entitled “Zhang Li, TeamMinus at Tsinghua University in Beijing: urban ergonomics», Focusing mainly on the new Big Air Shougang ski jumping. Visitors will be involved in an interactive game recreating the ergonomic positions of athletes in relation to the build, allowing the public to virtually interact with the ski slope and practice the best posture for elegant turns and jumps on skis. The exhibition also includes drawings and illustrations of the Big Air Shougang ski jump and three other projects by TeamLess ideally representing the way of working of the workshop, in which “movement” plays a very important role, modeling the form of architecture: Jianamani Visitor Center in Qinghai province, the underground cultural center of Piazza and Art Space Gujiaying Village in Yanqing, and Aranya Idea Camp and Community Center in Qinhuangdao.
Images courtesy of Aedes Architecture Forum, photos by Bu Lei
Exhibition name: Zhang Li / TeamMinus at Tsinghua University in Beijing: urban ergonomics
Location: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18–19, 10119 Berlin www.aedes-arc.de
Architects: TeamMinus http://www.teamminus.com/
Exhibition date: January 22, 2022 – March 10, 2022
Vernissage: January 21, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 am-6.30pm, Sun-Mon 1 pm-5pm, Sat Jan 22, 2022, 1 pm-5pm
Speaking at the opening
Dr hc Kristin Feireiss Aedes, Berlin
Dr. Eduard Kögel Urban planner, Berlin
Boris Schade-Bünsow Editor-in-chief Bauwelt, Berlin
Photo credit: © Bu Lei