Changzhou Culture Plaza, China

The development comprises six identical, freestanding building modules angled towards each other and arranged in a 2 x 3 cluster. Each module is based on a footprint area of 70 x 70 meters and, as an autonomous unit with an individual entrance and lobby, accommodates one of the functions of the Culture Plaza, such as the art museum, library, hotel, and offices. Visually, the 50-meter-high buildings appear hollowed-out cubes on two sides. In this way, together they create a roofed-over public space that interlinks with the park, forming a spatially diverse city landscape.






The load-bearing structure consists of reinforced concrete cores and a steel construction that diagonally cantilevers by almost 40 meters on two sides of the core area. On the upper floors of the modules, there are large column-free exhibition spaces and Sky Gardens of almost 4,000 square meters. The facades have been designed according to the principle of unity with diversity. A natural stone facade dominates the orthogonal building envelope; the curved cut-out areas are given prominence by an elegant glazed facade, making the cut edges visible, and sculpturally emphasizing the abstract shape of the buildings.






During the day, the solid stone bands form a strong, rhythmical contrast to the dark-glazed areas. At night, when the buildings are internally illuminated, the arched glazed areas are invitingly lit and, beneath the almost 40-meter-high arches, create impressive interaction between the inside and outside with continually varying angles of view. At the same time, the horizontal natural stone or metal louvers serve as external solar screening that significantly increases the energy efficiency of the buildings.







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