[part 2] Strange futuristic unfinished-abandoned buildings / 奇怪未来主义的烂尾楼

I already wrote a first report two months ago about those strange buildings being currently on interrupted construction: I visited the unfinished Museum of Beaux-Arts and the unfinished Grand Theater. Here is my report about the unfinished-abandoned Sport center designed by the Australian firm Populous (the firm which designed the sport facilities in Nanjing for the China National Games), also explored on November 2015 and once more in January 2016. This sport center has a stadium and three gymnasiums, as you can notice on the former planning project.

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Sport center project, 2011

But right now, it looks like this, abandoned for more than three years:

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Unfinished-abandoned sport center, Nov 2015
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Unfinished-abandoned gymnasium, Nov 2015
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Sport Center view, Nov 2015

 

 

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Unfinished-abandoned gymnasium, Jan 2016

 

 

Empty workers’ dormitory, Sport Center, Jan 2016

This exploration was quite worth it, not only did I find strange architecture, I also found another swimming pool, adding it to my collection of abandoned pools here and here!

The stadium

The first building one notices is the 30,000 seat stadium: huge architecture and strange designs make it really easy to see from far away.

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Abandoned stadium, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Stadium pillars
Stadium pillars, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Structure details
Structure details, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Scaffholding, Sport Center
Scaffolding, Sport Center, Nov 2015
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General perspective, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Center perspective, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Center perspective, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Athletes’ entrance
Athletes’ entrance, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Stadium view from the center
Stadium view from the center, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Unfinished stairs
Unfinished stairs, Sport Center, Nov 2015
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Upper stairs perspective, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Stadium outside view with melted snow
Stadium outside view with melted snow, Sport center, Nov 2015

The first gymnasium

The first gymasium has a total capacity of 8,000 seats.

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First gymnasium, Sport center, Nov 2015
Concrete bleachers
Concrete bleachers, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Ray of light in gymnasium
Ray of light in gymnasium, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Catwalks
Catwalks, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Athletes’ entrance
Athletes’ entrance, Sport Center, Nov 2015

The second gymnasium

Second gymnasium
Second gymnasium, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Metal structure in daylight,
Metal structure in daylight, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Ceiling perspective
Ceiling perspective, Sport Center, Nov 2015

Just like the other sites, this multi-sport training center was left completely empty and unlocked…

The third gymnasium: swimming pools!

As you can see on these pictures, the project was really (too) ambitious. The 1,500 seat natatorium was a brilliant discovery but it made me wonder about the use of such a professional equipment in such a small city… There are two huge swimming pools and a third pool specifically dedicated to diving. Maybe that is a bit much for Datong, and perhaps it explains why the project did not get enough funding to get finished…

Window band-air, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Window band-aid, Sport Center, Jan 2016
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Third unfinished gymnasium, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Roof isolation, Sport Center, Nov 2015
Roof isolation, Sport Center, Nov 2015
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Intermediary space, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Red pipes, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Red pipes, Sport Center, Jan 2016
First pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
First swimming pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Olympic-size pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Olympic-size swimming pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Rolls of roof isolation, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Rolls for roof isolation, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Pool and red doors perspective, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Pool and red doors, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Diving spots in third pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Diving boards in third pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
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Diving boards side view, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Sunlight in pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016
Sunlight in pool, Sport Center, Jan 2016

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