Structural design of Kaohsiung Stadium, Taiwan

Structural Engineering International
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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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Structural design of Kaohsiung Stadium, Taiwan
Series title Structural Engineering International
DOI 10.2749/101686613X13363929988539
Volume 23
Issue 1
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
Publisher location Zurich
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Structural Engineering International
First page 75
Last page 79
Country Taiwan
City Kaohsiung City