Beijing Science & Technology University Gymnasium 

Recreation Case Study 
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Beijing Science & Technology University Gymnasium interior brightened by installed daylighting systems

CHALLENGE 

In keeping with the “World’s First Green Olympics” theme, architects were challenged with designing facilities to stringent environmental standards 

RESULTS 

The daylighting design succeeded in achieving its aesthetic, functional and environmental goals 

PRODUCT 

FACILITY 

Gymnasium/Sports Facility 

BACKGROUND 

The Beijing Science & Technology University Gymnasium serves as an indoor sports facility for a wide range of fitness, aquatics and competitive sports activities. The facility’s main gymnasium includes a 7,874 square foot (2,400 m2) competition arena that seats over 8,000 spectators. The facility will host the taekwondo and judo competitions for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as well as the Paralympics wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball competitions. 

CHALLENGE 

In keeping with the “World’s First Green Olympics” theme, architects were challenged with designing facilities to stringent environmental standards. This had to be balanced with creating competitive sports facilities that satisfied the needs of both athletes and spectators. Effectively daylighting the gymnasium became a crucial design goal in order to reduce the need for artificial lighting. However, it was determined that skylights could not meet the design requirements. 

SOLUTION AND RESULTS 

The gymnasium’s steel-frame roof presented a design challenge. In addition to the numerous obstructions, the diffusion plane was nearly 56 feet (8 m) above the ground. The 750 DS Daylighting System overcame both those challenges. First, it allowed daylight to be transmitted over 26 feet (8 m) to avoid construction obstacles. Second, the high performance design provided ample natural light, which was evenly distributed throughout the space. Overall, the daylighting design succeeded in achieving its aesthetic, functional and environmental goals. 
Beijing Olympics 2008 lightened by daylighting systems
Beijing Science & Technology University Gymnasium exterior with installed daylighting system roof domes
 
 
“Compared with traditional lighting systems, Solatube Daylighting Systems have a unique advantage with better progressed view and a wide application field. They reduced power usage and exceeded our environmental design goals.” 
Weimin Zhuang, Architect 
Dean, Architecture Design Institute of Qinghua University 
 
 
 
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