Ribbon of light anchors detached volumes of Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City
A light-filled and highly sustainable concept by Steven Holl Architects has been revealed as the winner of an invited competition to design the new Culture and Art Center in Qingdao City, a planned extension to the popular Qingdao area. The winning proposal will provide a range of cultural offerings to the estimated 700,000 residents of this new development, including a Modern Art Museum, Public Art Museum, Classic Art Museum and a Performing Arts Program.
A description of the winning project released by Steven Holl Architects reads: “The linear form of the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge - the world’s longest bridge over water - is carried into the large site, in the form of a Light Loop, which contains gallery spaces and connects all aspects of the landscape and public spaces. The raised Light Loop allows maximum porosity and movement across the site, and permits natural sound bound breezes that blow in off the ocean to flow across the site.”
This Light Loop can be clearly seen in the model images revealed by the practice today (30 October) as an illuminated ribbon tying all elements of the site together. Three sculpted cubes act as Yishudao (Art Islands) and outdoor sculpture gardens can be found on four smaller islands. Stitching these individual portions together will be a series of five interconnected pools with skylight bases so that daylight may penetrate to the spaces below.
Interspersed with skylights on the Light Loop are photovoltaic panels which will provide 80% of the day-to-day energy used within the Culture and Art Center, while geothermal walls aid heating and cooling. The tranquil pools (which use recycled water) reflect the rich hues which line the underside of the Light Loop, while the main building facades sport simple monochromatic tones of sanded marine aluminium and stained concrete.