Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium also referred to as Lotus Flower Stadium, is a new football stadium that is currently under construction in the city of Guangzhou, China. The project is developed by China Evergrande Group, an investment holding company that engages in the development, investment, and management of real estate properties.
Designed by Hasan A. Syed, the design director, and principal in Gensler’s Shanghai office, the Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium takes the shape of a lotus flower. This design highlights Guangzhou’s reputation as the city of flowers. The form of the stadium can also be read as a diamond, honoring the Panyu district’s meaning in the global jewelry industry.
The stadium will be adorned with perforated aluminium (ensuring good ventilation), translucent ETFE (ensuring daylight access), and photovoltaic glass (generating clean energy). Its diamond form will also help collect rainwater for internal stadium use.
Sitting on a site of 300,000 square meters and with a built-up area of a total built-up area of approximately 150,000 square meters, the Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium has a total of 7 floors above ground and 2 underground ones, and its tallest point is approximately 86 meters high.
Upon completion, the stadium will become the world’s largest purpose-built soccer stadium with a 100,000 capacity overtaking the 99,354 Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
In addition to the 100 000 seating capacity, the Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium also features 16 VVIP private rooms, 152 VIP private rooms, FIFA area, athletes area, media area, press room on the basis of FIFA standard professional football field in order to support top-grade stadiums.
It is mainly meant to serve as the home venue for Guangzhou Football Club, formerly known as Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club, which is a professional Chinese football club that participates in the Chinese Super League under the license of the Chinese Football Association.
The new stadium will also reportedly become “a world-class new landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and an important symbol of Chinese football.”
Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium project timeline
Gensler Guangzhou Evergrande Stadium design was unanimously approved by the Guangzhou City Planning Committee, and Regional Planning and Urban Design Professional Committee.
Gensler design was selected from a total of 8 designs submitted by different architectural firms from the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Some of the firms include AFL Architects, GMP Architekten, HPP Architekten and Populous, among others.
In April the actual construction works begun with expected completion around the end of 2022.