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New Sports Center of Tunghai University

Taichung City
Built year
2019 (Competition)
Tunghai University
Floor area
19,595 m2
The project is located at the Tunghai University Campus in central Taiwan. The campus is renowned for its initial master plan designed by Architect I. M. Pei and C. K. Chen in late 1950’s. The main campus is a successful mixture of modern axial vista with oriental courtyards layout.  The experimental attempt creates a dynamic experience between landscape and structures, and it is further enriched by the sloped site.  C. K. Chen (1921-2007) once said that the best way to experience the whole campus is by strolling around, rather than viewing through beautiful postcard pictures.

In such a campus of precious historical context, we cannot afford to propose a conventional monolithic gymnasium complex. Thus we try to dismantle the whole big massive complex into three distinct functional blocks, and to bury some photophobia programs underground. By placing different blocks on the landscape in different orientations and heights, we create three “courtyards” on various levels. The gradually descending ground levels organize the existing stadium, athletic field, and new sports center thus integrate this activity area as a whole in the campus. Program The new sports center consists of four function blocks: The fitness center, the administrative center, the indoor basketball center, and the badminton center. We choose to put badminton courts in the basement because the badminton game prefers controlled artificial light to avoid glare. Natural ventilation and northern indirect sunlight can be provided from the sunken plaza above. The other three above-ground buildings conform to the old stadium - a historical heritage designed by Chao-Kang Chang (1922-1992), to formulate a new type of dynamic courtyard spaces. The lateral gable profile of the fitness center and the façade of the old stadium define the entrance of the open courtyard, the administrative center connects with annex of the old stadium to act as an extension, and the indoor basketball center occupies the whole length of the east side to close the boundary of the courtyards.

The tectonic elements of all building envelopes derive from existing campus buildings, with a contemporary twist by articulating the dialectic relationships of structure and ornament, such as the double-wall system with the patterned brick as rain screen on the outer layer. Most structural systems are post-and-beam reinforced concrete, the roof structure of the basketball center uses pre-stressed string beam system of laminated wood and steel cable and bars to reduce the construction time, also to give an expression of lightness for the 40-meter-long span. The underground badminton courts use the folded concrete plate system to isolated the space from the impact noise form the outdoor basketball fields above. The genius loci of Tunghai University is what we try to retrieve and to revive in the project. Our attempt is to create a space with spirits and campus activities, not another monumental landmark building.

Location: Tunghai University Client: Tunghai University
Type: sports center
Project year: 2019
Status : competition
project team:
Architect : StudioBase Architects
Structure : A.S. Studio
Mechanical : Chi-Chan Engineering Consultants
Lighting : OuDe Light Design Consultants
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