In 2005, the firm won the international competition to design the NCIEC, and worked in close partnership with the Beijing Institute of Architecture & Design. The facility was constructed under tight deadlines, and opens to its first trade show today, to be followed by the International Auto Show in April. The facility will be used during the Summer Olympics “We are delighted with the results of this facility. We tried to blend the best of Western and Eastern design philosophies to create not only an aesthetic structure, but more importantly, a functional space, providing a broad degree of flexibility,” said Andrew McLean, Senior Principal at TVS.
The NCIEC represents just one of a number of projects TVS is undertaking in Mainland China. The firm designed the Modern Plaza retail mall in Suzhou, and is the lead design architect of Nanjing’s Convention Centre, currently under construction. “The NCIEC sets a new standard for exhibition design. TVS won this project because they presented the most compelling concept in regard to function, economics and aesthetics. We are looking forward to welcoming our first visitors and customers this week” said Mr. Zheng Shijun, General Manager of NCIEC. Drawing on a legacy of monumental civic design that is characteristically Chinese, the NCIEC has at its heart a series of gardens arranged along a central north-south axis extended from the Wenyu River. The building is a contemporary expression with a grouping of wall planes, gates, and pavilions that serve to create layers of space and enclose these outdoor rooms. For maximum flexibility, public access is distributed around all sides of the centre, alternating with discreet and separate access points for service vehicles.