A remarkable accomplishment was achieved by gmp-Architekten in 2012, they have been won first prize in the international competition to build the Changzhou Culture Center in Changzhou, China. gmp have beat a number of world-renowned architects such as Jürgen Engel Architects and Arata Isozaki. Their work is great and deserved to win, with a total floor area of 365,000 square meters, the new building complex includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the center for culture in the Xinbei district of the city of three million, between Wuxi and Nanjing. The design reflects elements of Changzhou’s southern Chinese culture and the city’s prominent water features. The building modules–which cantilever bridge-like in a large arc – consist of six 45 meter-high pavilions which vary significantly inside with their different architectural functions, but form a visual whole from the outside. The space between the art gallery to the east and the science and technology museum to the west forms the public plaza in the center of Changzhou. With its water features and generous landscaping, it provides an inviting ambiance and serves as a meeting point in the district.
On the 256,000 square meter basement floor are an underground car park as well as numerous shop and retail areas which are lit by lightwells and which are directly connected with the cultural facilities. A water course on the lower level running diagonally through the 100,000 square meter site links all the modules together and acts as a source of lighting for the restaurants in the basement. With its material and colour, the façade picks up on the regional building tradition: staggered grey slate creates a solid external impression which is contrasted by the bright surfaces with white elements and transparent glass façades on the inside of the buildings. The Culture Center will play an important role in shaping the new city center and its development, and it reflects Changzhou’s tradition carried over into the modern metropolis. The large roof spreads across the six culture pavilions and is used to define the public space for Changzhou’s citizens.
Competition 2012 – 1st prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Chinese Partner Wei Wu
Competition Team Martin Friedrich, Sebastian Schmidt, Kong Buhong, Jiang Lanlan, Yao Yao, Zhang Zhen, Gao Shusan, Dominika Gnatowicz, Sa Xiaodong
Structural Design schlaich bergermann and partners
Landscape Design WES Partners
Client Changzhou Jinling Investment and Construction Co., Ltd
Gross Floor Area 365,000 m²
GFA Library 32,800 m²
GFA Art Gallery 20,600 m²
GFA Science and Technology Museum 18,300 m²
GFA Service Facilities 37,300 m²
GFA basement floors 256,000 m²
Renderings Crystal Digital Technology
images courtesy of gmp-Architekten
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