Zaha Hadid Architects designs the Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Center, the new pole of contemporary creativity in Zhuhai, China, one of the most modern regions in the world.
Designed as a hub of contemporary creativity within one of the world’s most dynamic regions, the Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Centre is located at the heart of Jinwan district’s Western Ecological New Town where the new Zhuhai Airport Intercity railway provides direct connections with Zhuhai’s city centre, its airport and Hengqin district, as well as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau and Hong Kong via interchanges.
Integrating four distinct cultural institutions for the city: a 1200-seat Grand Theatre; a 500-seat Multifunctional Hall, a ScienceCentre; and an Art Museum, each venue within the centre incorporates unique characteristics to create the most engaging visitor experiences, yet all are united by a coherent structure that spans 170 meters wide from east to west and 270 meters long from north to south.
Arranged symmetrically, the two larger and two smaller venues are connected by acentral plaza that serves as a shared external foyer to each of the four cultural institutions.Glazed walls facing this courtyard enable visitors to determine the individuality and character of each venue.
The Grand Theatreand Art Museum are very light in their materiality, while the Multifunctional Halland Science Center have a much darker palette of materials. Echoing the chevron patterns of migratory birds flying in formation over southern China, the latticed steel canopies over each venue are configured through repetition, symmetry and scale variation; resulting in a composition of related elements that respond to the different functional requirements of each building.
Optimized for thermal performance, thedouble-insulated glazing of the building’s envelope is protected by the latticed roof canopy which incorporates perforated aluminium panels to provide external solar shading. The perforations within the panels vary in size to allow differing degrees of sunlight within the centre’s interior spaces in accordance to their programming requirements, solar gain and orientation.Energy consumption and indoor air quality monitoring systems with intelligent control will automatically adjust the centre’s interior environments for optimal comfort and energy reduction. Waste heat recovery will be used to meet the centre’s hot water demand with water-saving appliances connected to the centre’s water recycling system. Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Cente is designed to achieve two stars within China’s Green Building Evaluation Standard.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Zhuhai , China
Year: under construction
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