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Tianjin University Gym in China by Atelier Li Xinggang

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The 18,300m2 complex at Tianjin University rivals even the gym-building efforts of the Romans

While British universities continue to build facilities they can ill afford in order to attract higher-fee-paying Chinese students, the Chinese have begun to do the same and produced a gym that not only surpasses most Western efforts of the postwar period but even rivals that of the Romans. The complex encompasses a multi-purpose sports hall and a swimming pool, the two being linked by a bridge; another elevated spur houses a covered running track. The vaulted roofs of the two main buildings are supported by massive conical forms in shuttered concrete and zigzagging fair-faced struts, with light filtering down through apertures reminiscent of the thermal windows of Roman baths. The whole is sheathed in an envelope of red brick.  

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Source: SUN HAITING

Tianjin university gym china atelier li xinggang

Tianjin university gym china atelier li xinggang

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This case study is part of Typology: Gymnasium, featured in the AR March 2020 issue on Masculinities + W Awards – click here to read the full article, and here to buy your copy of the issue today