Beijing 2022; National Speed Skating Oval – Facts & Figures


  • Name: The National Speed Skating Oval or the ‘Ice Ribbon’
  • Project Type: Arena
  • Location: Beijing Olympic Park, Beijing, China
  • Client: Beijing State Asset Management Co. Ltd (BSAM)
  • Owner: Beijing National Speed Skating Oval Management Co., Ltd
  • Architect: Populous – APAC HQ Brisbane, Australia
  • Construction Commenced: Mid-2017
  • Project Completion: 2021
  • Site Area: 17 hectares
  • Gross Floor Area: ≤ 29,000 m2 above ground; 80,000 m2 excluding basement car park
  • Capacity: 12,000 (8,000 permanent and 4,000 temporary seats)


Design Elements

  • 22 light strands (or ribbons) flow up and around the oval
  • 8m height of the façade of the building
  • 12,000 square metres of ice surface area
  • 400m racing track comprising an artificial ice surface to world’s best standard
  • 2 additional underground levels accommodate venue servicing and parking
  • Many advanced technologies have been incorporated including a low-e ceiling installed for greater efficiency and higher ice quality


Key Consultants

  • Schematic Design: Populous (Architecture of facade, interior, landscape, signage, operation & legacy)
  • Design Development and Construction Documentation phases: LDI (Beijing Institute of Architecture Design)
  • Structural Engineering: Richard MacDonald
  • MEP, Ice Making, Green Building: Buro Happold
  • Contractor: Beijing Urban Construction Group Co., Ltd