Beijing’s municipal government has launched an international design competition for its main 2022 Winter Olympics stadium
Open to ‘highly skilled and experienced’ sports architects, the contest seeks proposals for a 12,000-seat speed-skating arena.
Dubbed the National Speed Skating Oval, the 80,000m² stadium will be constructed on the Beijing Olympic Park and will be the only permanent venue of the games.
The maximum 55-metre tall landmark structure will occupy a 20 hectare plot which hosted the temporary hockey ground and archery range during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The venue will host speed-skating events and training sessions after the winter Olympics and will also serve as a multifunctional arena for skating, ice hockey, curling and other public events.
The 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be hosted at three separate sites in Beijing, northwestern Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.
Beijing will be the first city ever to host both the summer and winter Olympics. The budget for the upcoming event is around £2.7 billion – less than one tenth of the £30 billion spent on the 2008 mega-event.
Key games venues eight years ago included the enormous Bird’s Nest stadium by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, and the aquatics centre by Arup and PTW which has since been converted into a water park.
Twelve shortlisted teams will receive around £53,000 each to draw up proposals over a two-and-a-half month period.
Three winning teams – set to be announced in November – will receive an additional £30,000 each with the most practical design planned to start on site late next year.
The deadline for registration is 6pm local time on 20 June and submissions must be completed by 27 June.
How to apply
Jiang Yu, Wen Bingling
Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning
2 Yuqing Street
Building No. 9
Tel: 86-10-82575543; 86-10-82575731/5125/5831 Ext. 811/810
Mobile: 86-13911618179, 13911091955