Chinese architects Atelier 11 recently completed the circular Diamond Arena, which seats up to 15,000 spectators and will host international tennis matches. Specially designed for the countrys most prestigious tennis game – China Open, the new China National Tennis Center is located in the Beijing Olympic Zone.
As a last addition to the group of national stadiums built before the 2008 Olympic Games, the Center will become Beijing’s largest stadium for tennis games with its state-of-art facilities after the completion in June 2011.
The design takes a coherent approach and presents a crown-like structure with the use of 16 sets of V-shaped columns for the skeleton of the architecture.
The columns not only hold the grandstand and outdoor maintenance facilities, but also create a geometric pattern for the exteriors of the building. So the structure of the stadium is able to speak for its own beauty without any unnecessary decoration. While the design remains simplistic and distinctive, the concrete construction adds the weight to the stadium as to project an emotional perception on the visitors, referring to the importance of the building in its field.