China Celebrated the Opening of Its World Class Central Business District in Shizimen, Zhuhai
On 30thOctober 2014, the Zhuhai Municipal Government officiated the grand opening of the new Zhuhai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, being the first phase of the Shizimen Central Business District in China. Together with the Mayor of Zhuhai, the Chairman of Huafa, the Project’s Chief Designer – Gordon Affleck, and Project Director – Miriam Auyeung attended. The development is strategically located along the Zhuhai waterfront, maximising close proximity to Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau, catalysing economic development of the wider Hengqin Region.
The design targets to create an urban community with a distinct architectural setting, which can enrich the cityscape as well as offer a most dynamic working environment. Three towers of different heights are positioned in each lot, with the volumetric forms effectively defining the city edge and establishing a lasting impression for the whole development.
Article source: ZOBOKI-DEMETER and Associates Architects
A new performing arts facility inaugurated recently in Shenzhen, China, designed by architects Gabor Zoboki and Nora Demeter of ZOBOKI-DEMETER Architects has joined the ranks of the most unique cultural venues in China. The building houses a multi-functional concert hall holding 1400 seats, a children’s theatre of 350 seats, extensive public spaces, all embodied in a large complex of cultural and sports facilities in the heart of Nanshan District. The project is the result of a design process of several years, during which time the architects paid special attention to the local needs as defined by the Client, the Mayor of the District who wished to ensure that the building was planned and built from the perspective of the local community. Despite the general practice in large Asian metropolises, the concert hall works without amplification, promising to offer a new concert venue with world-class acoustics within its wooden-clad hall. Adjacent to the large concert hall a smaller theatre has been created, envisaged as a venue for smaller productions, most notably offering a facility for children, one of the most significant members of the growing cultural communities emerging in China. The complex is linked to a larger sports facility, hosting an array of athletic and sports facilities for the residents and students of Nanshan.
Leading architects: Gabor Zoboki DLA habil., Nora Demeter DLA
Project architects: Csaba Silvester, Zoltán Turi, István Országh
Team: Gábor Szatmári, László Rózsás, János Erőss, Péter Böhler, Nóra Hess, Endre Finta, Csaba Rajnai, Richárd Borzák, László Kakas, Linda Tolnai, Miklós Leits, Béla Reppert, Adrián Savanyú, Krisztián Jancsó, Béla Szokolay, Erik Halmosi, Eszter Kovács
When I started this retail project there was a simple and appealing idea of hanging everything from the ceiling – thus moving out of the way the furniture and items to be sold so that all the floor space could be free for customers to circulate. So using a software that simulates the physics of real materials, we imagined an elastic ceiling that was pulled down by the weight of these various objects. The next step was to think about the technical equipment necessary for the store such as lighting, speakers, sprinklers, cameras, AC and ventilation so it was natural to think of this ceiling as a permeable surface. This was the origin of the ethereal white ceiling; an ephemeral support for ephemeral objects.
Goettsch Partners (GP), along with China Resources Land Limited, celebrated the grand opening of the Grand Hyatt Dalian. This GP-designed 44 story, 370-key hotel is located in China’s northeastern coastal city of Dalian, sited fronting the Yellow Sea and adjacent to the large public park of Xinghai Square.
Harvested from plantations that procure income to millions of people, coconut wood is a sustainable product by excellence. The cycle of coconut production, felling/processing and re-plantation, guaranties a sound renewable supply that doesn’t impact the environment. After being used all their life coconuts, the trees become senile around 60 years old. They can then be cut and used for construction, furniture and decoration, which will constitute a windfall profit for the farmer and an excellent material for sustainable Architecture.
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We create SPC Wuhan Qingshan InCity as a truly integrated mixed-use development: a large 7-levels shopping centre connects all building and functions on site amidst a vibrant indoor/outdoor urban experience through a sequence of interconnected public spaces, plazas and event areas.
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(18th September 2014) saw the launch of the first of Bank of China’s Branch of the Future pilots at Shengfu Branch in the city of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province. Following a long and detailed design process the branch formally opened amid much ceremony and celebration, with CCTV, the national television network covering the event.