The Greenland Group has commissioned Sutherland Hussey Architects to design a 20,000m² exhibition centre in Jingdezhen, central China
Sutherland Hussey Architects, in collaboration with PanSolution International, has been commissioned by Chinese state-owned property developer the Greenland Group to design 60,000m² of studios, retail and residential accomodation alongside a multi-use exhibition centre.
The ‘Pottery Village’, which will become the central focus of a city under construction to the south west of Jingdezhen, is designed to combine the ‘production and retail of finished pottery’ and create a ‘contemporary environment that enhances the interface between tourism and manufacturing’.
The building is scheduled for completion in 2015
‘Sutherland Hussey’s proposals include a richly layered multi-use urban block where production happens in large workshops at lower levels, above which, small courtyards are surrounded by studios and shops with residential units above.
‘A central spine of open public courtyards weaves it’s way through the development where pottery can be purchased. This spine also connects together several public exhibition buildings used for promotion.
‘The public, at times, will be able to enter the smaller semi-private courtyards where pottery will be on display as it is being made. These smaller spaces will also be used as amenity spaces for those living in the homes above.
‘The spine leading, from the primary artery that links to the old town, has a starting elevation of +25m and drops rapidly to the lower flood plain where the exhibition centre will sit to the west of a new lake and park. The 20,000m²; building consists of 6 large halls, 2 gallery spaces, an education centre for children and cafes and restaurants. The skin of the building will be clad using local ceramic tiles and is expected to be completed later in 2015.’