GroupGSA has won a design competition for the Chongli City Centre project in Chongli, Zhanjiakou, China, to be used in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

GroupGSA design competition 2022 Olympics

Chongli District will host the ski jumping, biathlon, cross-country and freestyle skiing and snowboarding events at the Olympics from February to March 2022. GroupGSA's dynamic new centre will also combine social, cultural and economic aspects for Chongli’s future development.

GroupGSA’s City Centre Project has been designed to reflect the pride and collective memory of Chongli as a Winter Olympics host in perpetuity, in addition to delivering a world-class accommodation and event experience for thousands of international visitors. The brief also called for improvements to Chongli District’s service facilities, urban public spaces, surrounding natural environment, cultural and recreational demands to enhance locals’ experience of the city.

GroupGSA undertook studies of the surrounding landscape, the dynamic of the sporting activities being hosted and geometries particular to winter precipitation. A design concept evolved which captures the hexagonal features of snowflakes, the dynamic flow of the winter sports to be hosted and the curvilinear ski tracks that meander through the mountains skirting Chongli. The built design is conceived as an extension of the landscape, integrating the identity of the district into the multitude of buildings that comprise the project.

The vibrant city design harmoniously connects residential buildings, city plaza, city park, exhibition centre and Ice and Snow Museum, and commercial centre with a perpendicular snowflake-shaped sculpture to house the 2022 Winter Olympic flame, rising proudly from the epicentre of the city. At night, colours drawn from the iconic Olympic rings will add more life to the design and during the game, sculpture lighting will change to a deep red to create a vivid image of the Olympic flame.