Chongli City Centre Project
In readiness for the Winter Olympics 2022, host city Chongli sought a comprehensive revitalisation that would deliver the commercial and cultural facilities befitting a major international sporting destination. The city at the heart of a mountainous district required an aggregation of interconnecting new structures that would reflect the pride and collective memory of Chongli as a Winter Olympics host in perpetuity, in addition to delivering a world-class accommodation and event experience for thousands of international visitors.
GroupGSA undertook studies of the surrounding landscape, the dynamics of the sporting activities being hosted and geometries peculiar to winter precipitation. A design concept evolved which captures the hexagonal features of snowflakes, the dynamic flow of the winter sports to be hosted and the curvelinear ski tracks that meander through the mountains skirting Chongli. The built design is conceived as an extension of the landscape, integrating the identity of the district into the multitude of buildings that comprise the project.
The smooth motions of a skier and the athletic twists of a snowboarder are captured in the curves and flow of the new city buildings and connecting structures, many of which are purpose built for sporting uses during the Winter Olympics and beyond. Synthesising the geometry and dynamism of a falling snowflake, building facades captivate attention with differing countenance according to viewing perspective.
The vibrant city design harmoniously connects residential buildings, city plaza, city park, exhibition centre, Ice and Snow Musuem, and commercial centre with a perpendicular snowflake-shaped sculpture to house the 2022 Winter Olympic flame, rising proudly from the epicentre of the city.