Future Cities teamed with Arquitectonica in 2013 to develop conceptual programming and renovation concepts for the historic Shanghai Indoor Stadium. The new venue was proposed as a potential home of the China Basketball Association Shanghai Sharks, but also capable of hosting National Basketball Association games as well as other events normal to indoor arenas.
Future Cities, serving as sports design architect, provided Arquitectonica with sports facility programming and arena design expertise, and in collaboration with Arquitectonica planners and architects, developed a written program, created plan options, sections and other supporting documentation necessary to demonstrate the project’s feasibility.
During workshop design sessions in Shanghai, Future Cities and Arquitectonica agreed on two “best” approaches, one to preserve the exterior shell of the existing structure and another that modifies it as necessary for an ideal program.
Concepts were organized in a summary design book representing the various components of the project necessary to support the recommended approaches.