Steampunk Stadium

Steampunk – a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery – is an example of blurring the boundaries between functional and decorative elements.

The concept of the stadium proposal was inspired by a visit to the construction site of Beijing Galaxy Soho in 2011. I was a long-term fan of Zaha Hadid. I pictured her vision as levitated, free of the physical boundaries. However, my thought was brought to the ground when I saw a thick, vertical column inside an unfinished curved wall. The complete separation of the structure from the “skin” shows the strong connection architecture has to the real world of human beings: finance, technology, politics, etc. It is a kind of art that has the most limitations. Steampunk culture, on the other hand, imagines a world with limitless resources and unbounded design power. This sports stadium design is one possible result.

Aerial View

Exploded Axon View
Section View

Plan View

Interior View

Day and Night View with early diagrams