Yuen Long Stadium
In Collaboration With
Leigh & Orange
The Hong Kong Government called for concept designs to upgrade a multi-purpose stadium in the New Territories, approximately 30 km north of Hong Kong. Jackson Architecture, working in association with Hong Kong based Leigh & Orange, prepared the winning design.
The brief was to:
- Redevelop the stadium to enable it to host international level football matches sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC);
- Provide an 8 lane 400m all-weather synthetic athletics track surrounding the football pitch meeting the standards and requirements of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF); and
- Beautify the public passage that stretches between the new Yuen Long Stadium and the Yuen Long Swimming Pool.
The design vision proposes a sinuous singular stadium form, rising to meet the urban environment to the east.
On the west, Yuen Long Park provides a mechanism to connect the design to the local environment. The stadium sits on a new architectural hill, created by a series of sweeping landscape terraces and green walls that reach out to gentle slopes of the park.
The new hill carefully hides the large area required for operation vehicles and coaches, VIP drop-off, a myriad of service requirements and 6 separate change rooms – 4 football and 2 for the community, with jogging around the track being a popular pastime in Yuen Long.
Beautifying the Public Passage:
Continuing along the Public Passage, the landscape design provides opportunity for informal seating and a small amphitheatre that aims to promote and facilitate community activities such as open stage and street festivals. Amplifying its importance, a new arcade of bright pink Trumpet trees defines this important east west axis.