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BDP polishes off Chinese exhibition hall

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BDP has completed this new exhibition centre in China housing a 1,000m² model of Suzhou District

According to the AJ100 practice, the building on on the edge of a new central parkland area ‘showcases past, present and future developments’ in the district.

The centrepiece city model sits in a ‘cylindrical glazed environment’ inside the hall which has accessible green roofs allowing visitors ‘expansive views of the adjacent new district and mountains beyond.’


Architect’s view

‘The design is deeply rooted and integrated into its setting, taking a whole new approach to the design of this building typology by placing the centrepiece city model in a cylindrical glazed environment and promoted visitor flow not only within the building but externally across the green roof areas to utilise the expansive views of the adjacent new district and mountains beyond.

‘The solar shading needed to temper the environment was a BDP bespoke design. We developed through detail design to on site mock ups to achieve the desired effects of water ripples reflected in sunlight. The building fully integrates into the surrounding parkland which curves upwards in a spiral movement around the central glazed drum. It terminates in a roof top garden overlooking the lake, with the new district in the foreground and the mountains beyond. The landscape and special lighting completes and fully integrates into this dramatic and Iconic building design.’

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