2DEFINE leads competition-winning entry for 360 degree-facing convention centre in China
This doughnut-shaped convention centre is the winning entry by 2DEFINE Architecture and local firm Dalian Urban Planning & Design Institute; a 360-degree facing complex with no one front or back door to enhance usability and connectivity to its local environment.
Construction of the building is due for completion in 2014 however the first step will be to create a man-made island upon which the centre will sit. It is thought that this 70 sq m facility will be the jewel in the crown of a new harbour development adjacent to a satellite central business district in Yingkou, China, with the man-made island forming a new commercial destination on the coastline.
In total, the Yingkou Convention and Exposition Center will encompass 25,000 sq m of exhibition space, 5,100 sq m of meeting rooms, a 200-seat auditorium and a 900-seat banquet hall. 2DEFINE is planning to achieve this 45m-high commercial building in a sustainable fashion, and Qiao Zhang, partner at the practice, explains that the form will be a ‘significant green development in northern China, and a showcase for business development along the Bohai Sea. This building is planned to achieve a LEED certified rating and become a new symbol for the city, an important and growing export centre’.
The architects have clearly been inspired by the coastal location of the centre as a statement from 2DEFINE describes the building as ‘sea urchin-shaped’. Renderings show an asymmetric, filled-ring shaped form which dips to one side and hosts a glass cube in the centre. When realised, the building will sport a unique rain screen system on its roof that reflects daylight and allows a subtle light show to penetrate outwards when the sun goes down.
Marshall Strabala, founder and lead designer of 2DEFINE Architecture, details: “This type of building, when done right, becomes the heart of a city; a place for weddings, meetings, business and leisure. The trick is to create a building and environs that can be used 365 days a year, whether there is a major conference being held or not. We are planning two large seafood restaurants with harbour views and outside terraces and a 1,200 sq m waterfront promenade.”