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.
Xinzhudongfang Exhibition Center in Beijing, China by Hongshi Architects, Engineers&Design Co.,Ltd
July 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hongshi Architects, Engineers&Design Co.,Ltd
In 2015, a client had asked us to design an on site exhibition centre for housing development, the task is to present the examples for surrounding neighborhood and its infrastructure. After the development it will be converted into a cultural exhibition centre.
It is worth to be mentioned that along the way to the building site, you can experience the ancient atmosphere of the capital of China.
The site is about 30 minutes driving from downtown. Currently the area is undergoing basic infrastructure construction.
During the survey of the site, severe winter wind drove us into a small brick yard to stay warm. At that moment we were all fascinated by the warmth and brightness generated by this tiny shelter. It is a simple relationship between human and architecture.
INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC
The transformation of Beijing being increasingly more international changes people’s lifestyles, we are making progress every single day. At the mean time, people from different field have realized western culture is stimulating but also giving negative impact for local culture at the same time.
As architects we always pay our attention towards the collision of western and Chinese culture, and we hope we can find a balance point in between cultures.
Cultural globalization has become necessary and also inevitable. It is our architect’s’ responsibility to maintain and develop our traditional architecture culture.
We always need to learn from history and also we are looking ahead for leaving our memory for the future.
Emerging from the reinterpreting traditional arts and culture under the guidelines of modern architecture theory, the Neo-Orientalism Architecture has been born as the mixture of western and Chinese culture. With help of modern technology and theories, we urged to find an adaptive solution for the development and continuation of traditional culture.
The breakthrough of modern building technology such as the development of new materials could lead to drastic changes of architectural form and style. As if the form is the body so the space would be the soul, however the body changes the essence of soul will always be carried on eternally.
Neo-Orientalism Architecture is a definitive showcase for classic Chinese architecture theory.
A major passage penetrates through the entire site from north to south. By walking through the passage one can interact with five different courtyards before arriving at the final destination to enter the exhibition centre.
The shell of the building utilized a combination of stone, metal and glass. The design is not only typically influenced by modern architectural technology but also embraces some ancient Chinese ideas for the form and space.
A symmetrical and modest gate welcomes the guests at first sight. Get off the vehicle and you will notice a courtyard enriched by the density of greeneries. Walking through the second gate, a semi-translucent glass screen attracts visitors’ curiosity visually but physically diverts the circulation towards right, which you will find yourself at a quiet and calm place. The third yard would function as a transition space, the scale of surroundings become more intimate and lead you turn to the main axis.
Accompanied by bamboo planted against brick walls along each side, a corridor framed by compact and array of metal studs strengthens the journey towards next stop.
When arriving at the next courtyard, the space allows your vision suddenly to be enlarged so you can focus on the main exhibition centre along with its subtle reflection in the water, now you have reached the dominant space. The flow of circulation you have experienced along the passage is a conversation with architecture. Now you can carry the narrative of this architecture and enter the exhibition centre.