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Steven Holl scoops Chinese arts centre job

New York-based Steven Holl Architects has beaten Zaha Hadid and OMA in a contest to design a new art centre in China

The studio, which also has offices in Beijing and San Francisco, will design the 180,000m2 Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City.

The scheme will be at the heart of a planned extension of the city on China’s east coast which is expected to house 700,000 people.

The Culture and Art Center will include four museums, sculptured gardens, terraced pools and a central square.

Steven Holl Architects said the linear form of the world’s longest bridge over water, the nearby Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, would be reflected in a ‘light loop’ through the site.

The raised loop structure will contain the museum’s galleries and also connect the scheme’s landscape and public spaces.

The design also features a series of three cube-shaped ‘art islands’ which will be joined by five terraced reflecting pools.

The Modern Art Museum will occupy the central square and a Public Arts Museum will dominate the site’s southern entrance.

The project’s northern most ‘art island’ will contain the Classic Art Museum and a hotel on its top levels. The south ‘art island’ will meanwhile house the centre’s Performing Arts Program.

Photovoltaic cells will provide 80 per cent of the museum’s electricity. The reflecting ponds will use recycled water and 480 geothermal wells will be built toheat and cool the development.

Zaha Hadid's shortlisted design for the Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City

Zaha Hadid’s shortlisted design for the Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City









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