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Beijing Olympic Forest Park's Runner's Station by TEMP

Stainless Steel Arcades Framing Olympic Park's Runner's Station

The runner's station is built inside Beijing's Olympic Forest Park as a public utility. Like others around China, this sports park that held the 2008 Olympic Games were tasked to install supporting services that better serve the locals. Hosting most Beijing runners around the year, the park commissioned TEMP to design a stop where runners can meet, store their belongings, buy drinks, and shower.


Client: Beijing Olympic Forest Park

Designer: TEMP

Photographer: Weiqi Jin

Full Service for Runners

On one of the park's open plots, the architect erects two structures that house female and male shower rooms respectively. They mark the perimeter of a public square and open it up to visitors.

During onsite studies, the team observed runners stretching with whatever natural props nearby — stones, trunks or branches. To address this need, the architect proposed to install multiple stretch bars that curved to various directions, to fit all body types. The slender white curves of the bars serve dutifully among the trees, blending into the curvy branch lines and white trunk paints.