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.
Changchun Northeast Asian Cultural & Art Complex in Jilin Province, China by The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology
Back Ground Information
Northeast Asian Culture and Art Museum Complex, with the land used for its construction in Changchun Airport Economic Development Zone, close to Longjia International Airport, is Jilin Province’s important window towards the world. The base is located on the south bank of Longze Lake, facing the Conference and Exhibition Center, the Conference Center and the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on the north bank. The completion of this project has a catalytic role in the formation of Northeast Asian political, economic, financial, commercial and trade and cultural “CBD” around Longze Lake. The design of the project is based on the image requirement that Northeast Asian Culture and Art Museum Complex should be constructed from an international prospective, the regional characteristics of Changchun Airport and the functional properties of the cultural cluster, with the “Snowfield Flagship and Culture Carrier” design concept put forward, the museum complex positioned as an international modern culture pilot cluster featuring multinational fusion.
The planning layout, with the waterfront length increase and rational land use as the starting point, focuses on the redesign of the existing base shape, with an “Aircraft Carrier” shape contour abstracted under the premise of ensuring the unchanged area of the base (37 hectares), with three major land areas for the “Anchor Port“, “Culture Carrier” and “Floating Island on Water” formed through the cove of the waters. The “Culture Carrier” anchored at Changchun Airport can not only elevate the cultural connotation of the program design but also provide with the airport with a distinctive bird’s eye view, thereby enhancing the identification of the culture area.
The integration of Northeast Asian Culture and Art Museum Complex is intended to guarantee the coordination of Longze Lake building clusters, with Northeast Asian Performing Arts Center with the largest body mass arranged on the western end of the base, the Art Center with the sense of sculptural beauty arranged on the eastern end of the base, echoing the existing Hubei Conference and Exhibition Center and the Conference Center on the north bank of the lake, forming the landmark controlling the lake surface.
Utilizing the “Anchor Port”, the business service center and the entrance square of Northeast Asian Culture and Art Museum Complex will be arranged, forming a cluster regional landmark facing the main urban roads. Youth Activity Center, Changchun New Area Library and Archives and Northeast Asian Folklore Museum, which have general public culture attributes, will be arranged in the middle of the base, with a curved belt-shape connecting corridor utilized to connect the three independent buildings with similar regular body mass. The indoor connecting corridor can not only provide comfort in winter but also contribute to a sense of rhythm in the middle of the base and create a form intent of a “Ship’s Bow”.
In terms of architectural image, a simple white body mass is used as the motif, with a light and floating modeling reflecting ultimate skills to express a tranquil and elegant cultural atmosphere, the geographical characteristics of ice and snow fields and the simple and smart epoch feature of modern architecture and to highlight the unique charm of a culture building cluster.
Program cycle through the Chinese New Year, each member of the project team under the leadership of the master Mei Hongyuan, in the holidays carried out a number of rounds of discussion and comparison of the program before the completion of the standard version of the program. But the artistic creation is always with a lot of passion and uncertainty, master Mr. Mei put forward this week version of the program concept. The whole team in Mei master under the leadership of the original plan to overthrow all, everyone burst out the passion of creation to re-design, and on the 7 day of a very short period of time to complete the program design and its full expression in late stage.
Professor Mei Hongyuan is an academic leader in the cold regions engineering architectural design field of China, master of architectural design in China, candidate for the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2013, Chairman of the ICCHA and Chairman of the Cold Regions Architecture Academic Committee of the Architectural Society of China.
In the past 30 years, Professor Mei Hongyuan has been at the frontline of cold regions architectural design and scientific research in Northeast China, has innovatively developed cold regions architectural design theories, design methods and technical measures, directed the design of over 60 major architectural projects of various types, including exhibition, cultural, sports and educational buildings and undertaken 17 domestic and foreign scientific research projects, including China National Science and Technology Plan projects and European Union Research Plan projects.
He has been granted one design award by the American Institute of Architects, two state-level architectural design gold awards, one silver award, eleven first prizes for provincial and ministerial-level excellent engineering design, one first prize for provincial and ministerial-level science and technology progress and one governor’s special award. He has taught one state-level boutique architectural course, obtained eight national invention patents, published 178 high-level academic papers which have been published by SCI and EI as well as 5 scientific monographs, and cultivated about 100 high-level cold regions architectural engineering technical talents. Professor Mei Hongyuan is a famous master of architect in contemporary China.