CHANGZHOU – Hamburg-based architectural firm GMP (von Gerkan, Marg und Partner) have won first prize in a competition to build a new Culture Centre in Changzhou, China.
The structure will be divided into six modules that will join together with cantilevered bridge-like arches. Each module will rise 45m high, and while their interior functions will vary they will all look uniform and connected from the exterior.
Set to include a library, art museum (on the eastern side) and science and technology museum (on the western side), the centre will span 365,000-sq-m. Inspired by Chinese culture and the element of water, the architects opted to cover the façade with staggered slate grey panels and reflective glass.
Below the building, in a 256,000-sq-m basement, will be a car park and retail spaces. On the roof, spread over the six pavilions, will be a cultural space for people to congregate.
Other competitors in the design race included KSP – Jürgen Engel Architects and Arata Isozaki & Associates.
Renderings courtesy of Crystal Digital Technology