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-utilised, Woods Bagot’s design is expected to maximise the Chinese government’s generous investment with its emphasis on stimulating and revitalising 190,000 sq m of the local urban fabric. Woods Bagot are aiming to deliver a level of sustainability and design excellence in built form that will be fundamental to strengthening Shijiazhuang’s international profile.
Woods Bagot Beijing Principal Jean Weng said: “Woods Bagot has designed Shijiazhuang’s International Exhibition and Convention Centre to respond to, and engage with, the landscape and its plethora of visitors – forming a harmonious, balanced design response that is also visually arresting.”
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 100,000 sq m of premium grade international standard exhibition space, 60,000 sq m of high quality convention facilities (including a state-of-the-art plenary), and 30,000 sq m 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.