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.
Proposal for the DQZ Cultural Center in Daqiuzhuang, China by Holm Architecture Office
November 2nd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Holm Architecture Office
HAO / Holm Architecture Office and AI ,Kragh & Berglung haves been invited to do create a proposal for a the new DQZ Cultural Center in the city of Daqiuzhuang in northern China.
The DQZ Culture Center sits on a site in a newly developed part of the city of Daqiuzhuang situated approximately 200 kilometers south of Beijing in northern China. A rural village in a desolated salty marshland only 30 years ago, Daqiuzhuang has grown from village to city rapidly due to its early investments in and production ofin the city’s main commodity: steel.
The DQZ Culture Center building occupies a redesigned plaza that mimics the historic marshland of the city in its tone [UNCLEAR] and plant variety of plantlife, combining landscape, trees, flexible water features, and gathering spaces into a new urban center with the 20, 000 M2 / 200,000 SF DQZ Cultural Community Center at its core.
The new DQZ C building takes its form from the traditional Chinese courtyard square. By lifting the square in the diagonal corners, dual entry points to the building areis created which leads visitors and locals through the building’s ground level public programs to the mid- and upper- level exhibition spaces while extending the existing North- South axis of the surrounding city.
The inner courtyard of the building creates a protected lush landscape with cherry trees and terraces, which can be used as an outdoor venue for local theater and festival events. The central exhibition space of the building opens up visually through glass facades to the courtyard connecting the interior spaces with the exterior courtyard.
Celebrating the history of the city’s growth, the DQZ building’s facade is made of perforated steel plates. This allowss for natural ventilation as well as the integration of the building’s signage into the facade itself. The building is designed to integrate geo-thermal heating for heating and cooling as well the integration of PV cells in parts of the roof and in areas of the public plaza.
“We are exited for the opportunity to work with the city of Daqiuzhuang. With the DQZ building we wanted to generate a design that unites past and present in one building.: It simultaneously integratesing much needed public functions for the expanding city such from as kindergartens to areas, for community gathering and cultural exhibitions areas while celebrating the history of the area through the its use of steel in its the building façade and structure.”.
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