Interdisciplinary design team BDP Design studio has just completed an incredibly dynamic project in the Suzhou region of China. Meant to be the centerpiece of the Science and Technology Smart City, the new Suzhou District Planning and Exhibition Hall will provide 8,000 square meters of exhibition space divided between two very geometrically distinct structures.
The combination of the two incongruous structures with opposing geometrics gives off a certain sophisticated character to the project while simultaneously providing an amazing display of energy efficiency. The first building is an angular structure equipped with an elongated sloping green roof that leads visitors to the top of the building in order to enjoy the surrounding landscape. The large glass windows permit an abundance of natural light on the interior, effectively reducing annual energy costs while providing a healthy environment.
The second cylindrical building is clad with a high performing shell to provide shade and minimize the harsh sunlight’s interior reach. The futuristic metal lattice surrounding the circular structure gives the building a beautiful silhouette when illuminated in the evening. And the contemporary interiors of both buildings provide a vast exhibition space that currently showcases a 1,000 sqare meter model of the new Science and Technology Smart City, a 3D viewing gallery, multiple interactive displays, conference facilities and multi-purpose exhibition halls.
Nicknamed the “Venice of China,” the Suzhou district is one of China‘s most visited areas thanks to the city’s beautiful canals, pagodas and gardens. It’s this tourism draw that has propelled the city’s need for more tourist-friendly exhibition spaces like the Planning and Exhibition Hall. The Suzhou Wuzhong Economic Development District Construction Department will be the first to use the hall to showcase its own exhibitions.
In addition to the Planning and Exhibition Hall, BDP has also just completed construction on the new Suzhou Tourist Center overlooking Taihu Lake. The Tourist Center will provide banquet, exhibition and conference space for up to 600 people, as well as a community center for local design products. Recently completed, the building will have an official opening ceremony before the end of the year.
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