Emblematic Giant: The new exhibition halls 9-12 are characterized by power and restraint. The two brothers Bernhard and Stefan Marte scores with their enormous emblematic structure –four exhibition halls are combined into one gigantic, monolithic building measuring 170 m long, nearly 70 m wide, and 16.5 m high in black unified. It is a large structure, divided into four segments, covering the exterior of the building with thin black stripes, and providing access to the building through elliptical incisions, courtyards and foyers in deep, rich carmine.
TYPE: Commercial › Exhibition Center
Cultural › Gallery
The backbone of the building is the interior circulation axis– room-high glazed openings guide visitors from the main entrance through the series of exhibition halls–red, black, red, black. As impressive as the elliptical, hyperbolic incisions in the two long sides of the building are, the color scheme of the giant is just as powerful and vivid. Both colors are represented equally, like heraldic tinctures –pure colors without shading, gradients, and nuances remind one of flags and banners.
The dimensions and the power of the exhibition halls are impressive. Black in black. Function in construction. The inviting, spectacular foyer between the two exhibition halls is painted entirely in red, and the horizontal ellipsoid at the entrance is mirrored in the five elliptical arches of the load-bearing concrete slab, forming arcades. The large entrance hall #12, as well as the restrooms and the staircases are also painted in deep rich carmine.
Chaoyang Park Plaza
TYPE: Commercial › Office
Landscape + Planning › Urban Green Space
Residential › Multi Unit Housing
Having a similar position and function as Central Park in Manhattan, but unlike the modern box-like buildings that only create a separation between the park and the city, Chaoyang Park Plaza instead is an expansion of nature. It is an extension of the park into the city, naturalizing the CBD’s strong artificial skyline, borrowing scenery from a distant landscape – a classical approach to Chinese garden architecture, where nature and architecture blend into one another.
The asymmetrical twin tower office buildings on the north side of the site, sit at the base of the park’s lake and are like two mountain peaks growing out of the water. The transparent and bright atrium acts like a drawstring that pulls the two towers together by a connecting glass rooftop structure.
The small-scale, low-rise commercial buildings appear as mountain rocks that have endured long-term erosion. They seem to be randomly placed, but their strategic relationship to one another forms a secluded, but open urban garden, offering a place where people can meet within nature in the middle of the city.
The two multi-story Armani apartments to the southwest continue this concept of open air living with their staggered balconies, offering each residential unit more opportunities to be exposed to natural sunlight, and ultimately feel a particular closeness to nature.
The overall environment is shaped by smooth, curved surfaces of black and white, creating a quiet and mysterious atmosphere. It is one that evokes the emotion and aesthetic resonance of a traditional Chinese ink painting, creating a tranquil escape from the surrounding, bustling urban environment. The landscape that weaves itself in between the buildings incorporates pine trees, bamboo, rocks and ponds – all traditional eastern landscape elements that imply a deeper connection between the architecture and classical space.