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David Manica led the design of this project as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)
Wukesong Arena
Olympics 2008
Beijing, China
At the heart of a vibrant development in downtown Beijing and framed by a border of meandering Chinese gardens, sits the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena. Conceived as a truly first-class multi-purpose facility, the Beijing Arena is one of China’s leading arenas, hosting an array of marquee events including NBA basketball games, world-class concert tours and shows, international ice events, the traveling circus, and a host of regional and local sports championships. A product of a partnership between ACRE and the National Basketball Association, the Beijing Arena sets the benchmark for multi-purpose venues in China.
The exterior of the arena has been articulated with a series of colored perforated aluminum ribbons. Attached to the exterior curtain wall, each ribbon floats and undulates between glass fins that run vertically along the full height of the building on all four elevations. As each ribbon floats up the side of the building, it gently bends back and forth ending at random elevations along the top of the building. Not unlike blades of grass or stalks of bamboo, the collection of ribbons creates a simple and organic form that will become immediately recognizable worldwide.
A teeming metropolis of more than 15 million residents, Beijing is the literal and figurative capital of the world’s largest country and fastest growing economy. Yet it lacks a first-class multi-purpose arena and mixed use development.  As one of the main venues of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Arena will gain worldwide attention.

David Manica initiated the redesign of this project as an employee of HOK Sport. (now Populous)