UNStudio has won an international closed competition to design the Korean National Football Centre in Seoul. UNStudio’s new masterplan will celebrate the history and future of Korean football and the power of sport, in addition to football, the plan also focuses on health, wellness, science, technology and education and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
本设计由UNStudio与阿姆斯特丹的Johan Cruijff ArenA合作设计。项目位于忠清南道天安市，占地450427平方米。总体规划将包括三个主要部分：博物馆、室内体育馆和室外体育场，它们将构成一个公共步行区，其中包括餐馆、商店和各种（半）公共体育设施。总体规划的焦点是位于综合体中心的公共广场。大广场具有分层的景观设计，可以举办全年的多种活动。
Dutch architectural firm UNStudio has teamed up with Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff ArenA for their winning masterplan for the Korean National Football Centre in Seoul. The new National Football Centre (NFC) is located on a 450,427-square-metre site in Cheonan-shi, Chungnam-do. The masterplan will include three major components: the museum, the indoor stadium and the outdoor stadium – will frame a public pedestrian area that houses restaurants, shops and a variety of (semi) public sports facilities. The focal point of the masterplan will be the central public plaza, located at the heart of the complex. With its tiered landscape, the large plaza can also host multi-functional events throughout the year.
“As the inventors of ‘Total Football’, to us football is not just a sport; it’s an expression of culture, a science and a philosophy. Football brings people together, it provides them with a sense of comradery, of belonging and of national pride.”
For the development of the masterplan, UNStudio gathered together an international team of leading football stadium managers, alongside specialists in sports science and digital data collection. This team of industry specialists has worked with world-renowned football leagues and stadiums throughout Europe and the Middle East. The essential elements for the masterplan are therefore based on lessons learned from other top international football clubs and training centres.
In the new NFC, the women’s team and youth teams share the facilities with the men’s national team. Based on the latest insights into sports science and data technology, the National Football Centre will be an exceptional professional football facility housing two stadiums and over a dozen sports field typologies, natural running tracks and indoor gymnasiums. These facilities will be closely linked to the numerous specialist sports medics and treatment centres that will ensure that the athletes can perform at the top of their game. A high-end hotel with inside and outside lounge areas, spa, sauna and wellness centre will ensure that the NFC also offers exclusive facilities for players to rest and relax before and after training.
In addition to the masterplan design, the international competition required that the overall design create a strong brand for the site. In order to ensure cohesiveness throughout the architecture and landscaping of the complex, UNStudio therefore created an ‘urban branding manual’. The NFC training facility will lead the way in sports innovation by focusing on ‘Health, Wellness, Science, and Technology’, forming a branding strategy that also strengthens the commercial position of the facility.
The new NFC is home to over a dozen various sporting field typologies, natural running tracks, and indoor gymnasiums. The campus not only provides facilities for the players to rest, relax and relieve stress, the material palette is derived from this essential driver. Where possible, local natural materials of raw and exposed stone, timber, and textiles are employed, while an abundance of vegetation and green space is provided, thus embedding the campus into the surrounding landscape of farmland and hills sides.
Digital technology has permeated sports allowing coaches, management and health care services to track the progress and development of sports programs yielding the greatest results from their facilities. The UNStudio team has specific knowledge of discretely integrating digital technology into the built environment for data collection related to the user’s health, activity, time and schedule allocation, in addition to other bio-metrics.