Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Sungui Arena Park Soccer Stadium in Incheon, South Korea by Rossetti Architects
May 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rossetti Architects
This project is part of a 22-acre urban renewal plan, connecting an Asian city with its major sea port. Its goal is to revitalize a depressed area by catalyzing growth powered by a new soccer stadium and mixed-use development. The design team carefully integrated the stadium’s site and program to respond to its urban context. An existing multi-modal transit station became a critical anchor in the northwest corner.
An open-air, meandering promenade links north-south along the stadium and features a ‘canyon of retail’ that lines both sides. It connects to a large public park on the south end, which provides the surrounding community with much needed green space. The stadium groundbreaking was in May, 2008. It was completed in September, 2012.
STADIUM SAILS TOWARD NEW HORIZONS
The design for this 20,000-seat soccer stadium and development was inspired by the City’s natural surroundings of sea, wind and waves. The stadium’s exterior articulation interprets a sleek, grand cruiser sailing toward the sea. The waves, rippling away from the ship, are expressed as trees, parks, gardens and plazas.
The design team was challenged to create a strong sense of community belonging for the stadium. An immediate connection to the bowl is established by leaving the entire north end open, instantly exposing the field. The plaza, transit platform and lawn extend viewing space for festivals or international sporting events.
A porous base, punctuated with restaurants and retail, creates permeability along the retail canyon. A convention center with banquet halls face the gardens on the south end, programmed to accommodate the area’s tradition of large celebrations. To make it scalable to its surroundings, the stadium was sunk three stories underground and also houses the parking underneath.
GEOMETRY IN THE BOWL
HARMONIOUS COMMUNITY CONNECTION
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