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Structural design of Kaohsiung Stadium, Taiwan

February 1, 2013

This paper presents an outline description of the structural design of the main stadium for the World Games held in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, in 2009. Three new design concepts, unseen in previous stadiums, were proposed and realized: “an open stadium”, “an urban park”, and “a spiral continuous form”. Based on the open stadium concept, simple cantilever trusses in the roof structure were arranged in a delicate rhythm, and a so-called oscillating hoop of steel tubes was wound around the top and bottom surfaces of a group of cantilever trusses to form a continuous spiral form. Also, at the same time by clearly grouping the structural elements of the roof structure, the dramatic effect of the urban park was highlighted by unifying the landscape and the spectator seating area to form the stadium facade. This paper specifically reports on the overview of the building, concepts of structural design, structural analysis of the roof, roof design, foundation design, and an outline of the construction.

Publication Year 2013
Title Structural design of Kaohsiung Stadium, Taiwan
DOI 10.2749/101686613X13363929988539
Authors Hideyuki Watanabe, Yoshiro Tanno, Masayoshi Nakai, Takashi Ohshima, Akihiro Suguichi, William H. Lee, Jensen Wang
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Structural Engineering International
Index ID 70118576
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse