Q-LAB , Taiwan
Department of Sports, New Taipei City Government , Taiwan
Design Company :
Q-LAB , Taiwan
01. Program Requirement
The project calls for a sports center that would house various programs such as table tennis, snookers, fitness center, flywheel, squash, hockey, badminton and basketball courts.
02. Design Strategy
In order to accommodate a large amount of required space and at the same time not creating a huge mass for the site, a set of design strategy was deployed to perform two tasks: First, to reduce the overall height and width of the entire volume by re-configuring and displacing the initial massing; second, to create distinctive identities for each of the major sports components such as swimming pool, ice hockey and basketball hall.
03. Massing Arrangement
In order to reduce the height of the required massing as well as to create distinctive major sports components, three boxes were generated to be stacked on top of each other. These three boxes were oriented towards different direction respectively to create shades for each other as well as for the outdoor activities take place on ground level.
04. Sustainable Design
A new analytical method was deployed to facilitate the design for building facades. Software such as Vasari and grasshopper were implemented to help study the path of sun and wind at this particular site so that the openings of the facades can be placed at the right location where needed the most. This method allows us to understand the local environment with scientific evidence for the design of the building envelop.
The design of this building tries to resolve two major issues. From the urbanistic point of view, the massing of the building should be kept low and small so that the impact on the environment could be as minimal as possible. From the architectural point of view, the arrangement of major sports component should be stacked distinctively so that the play of the space can be fun and engaging. The Tucheng Sports Center aims to create a landmark which provokes the importance of civil buildings and engages the general public with a sense of belonging.