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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre in Ji County, China by Atelier 11 Architecture

 
May 25th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier 11

As for a building located in a valley close to one of the top national scenery parks, the Panshan Mountain Park in the city of Tianjin, the concept behind the design of Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre takes inspiration from the beautiful natural surroundings it sits in and the classic aesthetics in traditional Chinese landscape paintings.

Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre

  • Architects: Atelier 11 Architecture
  • Project: Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre
  • Location: Ji County, Tianjin, China
  • Commission: 2008-2009
  • Design Director: Xu Lei
  • Design Team: Gong Meng, Jin Ding
  • Construction Drawing: Xu Lei, Zhang Pingping, Gong Meng, Zhu Yin, Qiang Wei, Li Baoming
  • Construction Period: 2009-2011
  • Area: 37,000 M²

Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre

Following the maximum 40 metres difference from the highest to the lowest spot on the site, an “artificial landscape” is created with a group of architectural forms placed along the hilly land. The forms are designed in a geometrical style to present a simplistic and pure impression for the artificial landscape. Inspired by the essential techniques and expression of layers and spatiality in the traditional Chinese painting, the arrangement of these geometrical forms are planned as if they were overlapping mountains, scattered rocks, flowing water, and sunken gullies as an echo to the natural landscape around. The building masses are integrated into the surrounding terrain by inserting, connecting and spreading based on topographical conditions. The purity, fragility and lightness are created by these masses reverberating with the environment. Therefore the inner link between the artificial and natural landscapes is built up seamlessly; and an understated but rather authentic Chinese spirit is given to the overall project without any cliché Chinese symbol.

Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre

The Centre is conceived as a multi-functional complex with spaces for conference, exhibition, and performance. The emphasis of space planning in the design is put on the flexibility of the space use. On one hand, all the big halls included in the complex are assigned to different functions respectively. But on the other hand, they could be transformed into additional space for one another in the case of extra space required for any certain event.

Construction View

In terms of materials used in the project, the reference to its natural surrounding again plays a very important role. Around the site where the Centre is located, a kind of white limestone is a common material found throughout the valley. Referring to its color and rather soft and loose texture, the design of the Centre adopts a skin system with the use of white aluminum perforated plates as the main material for the exteriors. With the bright whiteness and delicate holes on those plates, the architecture is given a light, semi-transparent, and pure aesthetic which takes away some overwhelming weight that could be exerted on a project with such a scale; and the architecture is able to maintain a same sophisticated quality as its natural environment. Grey stones with different textures are mainly used for the ground and white metal plates are also adopted for the roof of the Centre. With such a minimal and distinctive color scheme, the Centre displays a complete and solid form which makes it a refreshing addition to its surroundings. The construction of the Centre is to be completed by the end of 2011.

Construction View

About Atelier 11:

Atelier 11 is an architecture studio based in Beijing, China. With years of practice covering architectural design, research, and urban planning, their projects include cultural, commercial, exhibition, sports, and residential developments throughout the country.

Exterior View

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Exterior View

Exterior View

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One Response to “Pan Long Gu Valley Conference and Exhibition Centre in Ji County, China by Atelier 11 Architecture”

  1. Wimal Lokuliyana says:

    It is an interesting Design. I am a Landscape Architect. I was just searching for Landscape Designs for conference halls in internet. Your web site has done a complete job for whom searching for such projects. The Plans, elevations, models, step by step construction development in photographs etc. are very useful to imagine the project. Thank you! Wimal

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