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Project Overview

The project creates a porous campus that encourages visual and physical access to abundant activities, in urban and architecture scale. Transparency in space inspires trans-disciplinary dialogues among students. New social space triggers new networking and new model of education: learning from being inspired, in an active open field. The project offers 15,692 sqm of indoor athletic space, including basketball hall, swimming pool, and spaces for gymnasium, taekwondo, table tennis, etc. The project reiterates Da Vinci’s interdisciplinary dialogue between science, architecture, and art, through reconstructing Da Vinci’s “Flying Machine”with “trajectory parabola.”

Project Commissioner

Beijing Institute of Technology

Project Creator

Atelier Alter Architects


Yingfan Zhang,Xiaojun Bu,Zhenwei Li, Kai Qin, Ping Jiang, Wei Huang, Tongwei Liu, Dehu Du, Jiahe Zhang, Ran Yan, Lairong Zheng, Jiaming Mei, Lidong Song, Xiaoxiao Zhao, Jingshi Zhang, Bida Wei, Wei Xiong, Weidi Chen, Xiaoqing Guo, Xueyun Da, Bo Huang, Leilei Ma, Hui Cao

Project Brief

The whole project is made up of several soft roofs. The curves of the roofs are based on the curves of the aircraft researched by the school. These huge cantilevered roofs provide a huge urban gray space for the campus, allowing students to freely carry out their own activities.
This project contains several major functions: basketball hall, swimming pool, lobby, and some activity rooms for table tennis, martial arts, dance, and so on. These main function rooms are not composed of closed rooms like the normal sports place, but are separated by transparent glass walls, and the activities are infiltrated and open to each other so that students can watch other sports items, thus arousing students’ interest in sports with each other. The huge skylight runs through three functional sections, strengthening the communication between indoor and outdoor sports and different sports.
Since these main function rooms are basically close to the exterior walls of the building, the number of each function room is reasonable, and the treatment of natural light and sky light allows each room basically does not need any artificial lighting during the day. In addition to increasing the visual transparency of the building, it also makes the building have good energy-saving performance.

Project Innovation/Need

The BIT sports center strives for creating a porous campus in both urban and architecture scale. The architecture offers a new education model: learning by being inspired in amalgamated open field of multiple disciplines. Spatial porosity encourages inter-disciplinary dialogue among students.
Space is permeable in both section and plan. The project elevates the seating area for basketball hall to liberate the ground plate, thus space becomes penetrable transversely. An enclosed entrance promenade, sandwiched between swimming pool and basketball hall, connects north and south campuses. In section, vertical permeability is achieved by nesting programs with one another.

Design Challenge

The south facing curtain wall of the project works with the north facing skylight to provide tremendous nature light for the building, thus artificial lighting is reduced to a great amount. The huge cantilever roof canopy blocks most of the direct radiation and the heat generated from it. The span of cantilever is designed according to solar angle can optimize winter energy intake and reduce direct summer gain. Recyclable metals are used from structure to the interior and exterior surfacing material. Interior materials with low VOC emission are used to ensure qualified IAQ.


The centralized layout and the north-south orientation of the building helps the building to optimize energy acquisition and heat dissipation in the winter. The south facing curtain wall of the building works with the north facing skylight to provide tremendous nature light for the building, so artificial lighting is reduced to a great amount. The depth of eaves are calculated and designed based on solar path. The depth of roof suspension and the structure of it are designed to withstand the enormous uplifting wind pressure in Beijing area. Structure works with architecture & HVAC design to assure the sustainability for the project.
We use the energy-saving software of Green Building Sware to simulate and calculate the annual energy consumption of the heating, cooling, electrical energy consumption and other annual consumption of the building.
The building materials are mainly local materials. On top of that, recycle materials like brick slag concrete blocks are wildly used in the project. The material selection for large span structure is high-strength steel, which makes the building durable and save, with great recyclability. Concrete, red bricks and other materials that are difficult to recycle are seldenly used in the project. Decorative surfaces are designed to be removed and installed with great ease for later maintenance. The decisions for using materials are based on simplicity, practically and durability. The interior materials like aluminum panel, PVC floors, paint and so forth, are tested against sustainable standards to ensure excellent indoor air quality.

This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. 
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