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  • Abstract Exhibition and Convention Centre in North China

    Daniel Fountain
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    Building on the recent success of Melbourne’s six star Green Star Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia, Woods Bagot is poised to reach new heights in Convention Centre design by creating a dynamic and highly artistic solution for Shijiazhuang City’s new cultural landmark.The culturally-focused mixed use precinct will serve to showcase Shijiazhuang as a global destination for conference delegates and tourists by re-activating the City’s underdeveloped coastal region. Whilst convention precincts in surrounding cities remain under utilized, the design is expected to maximize the Chinese government’s generous investment with its emphasis on stimulating and revitalizing 190, 000m2 of the local urban fabric. Moreover, the architects will deliver a level of sustainability and design excellence in built form that will be fundamental to strengthening Shijiazhuang’s international profile.

    Employing a filed pattern reminiscent of traditional Chinese ‘broken ice’ screens, the design language developed by Woods Bagot has been applied to the whole site – working across the grounds, moving outward to the tip’s river surrounds to create a randomly split, abstract appearance when viewed aerially.

    Tied together by a fully enclosed and air-conditioned concourse spine, the precinct facilities will comprise 100,000m2 of premium grade international standard exhibition space, 60,000m2 of high quality convention facilities (including a state-of-the-art plenary), and 30,000m2 auxiliary spaces.

    A landmark tower reaching upwards of 330m is conveniently located adjacent to the central Exhibition and Convention Centre on an independent 4ha of land. The tower will house a 5-star hotel, serviced apartments and premium grade office space.

    Daniel Fountain / 06.08.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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