Competition 2006 – 1st Prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project leader Patrick Pfleiderer
Design team Ralf Sieber, Xu Ji, Li Ling, Johannes Erdmann, Christian Dorndorf, Kathi Mutschlechner, Kuno von Häfen, Alexander Niederhaus
Project team Christa Hillebrand, Xia Lin, Anna Bulanda, Peng Xiao, Johannes Erdmann, Jochen Sültrup, Sören Gruenert, Cao Ping, Tang Lu, Zhang Xi, Sebastian Pole, Gao Hua
Client Huai’an City Gardening Bureau
Construction period 2007–2010
Gross floor area 61,000 m²
It is the major architectural goal was to design the center as a unique landmark. Therefore any analogy to existing trade fair halls or convention centers in other cities or countries had to be clearly avoided.
The expressive shape of the buildings is produced by folded surfaces which continue the grid of the plaza and develop a sculptural idea of architecture. Clad surfaces alter with glass areas so that a clear rhythm is produced which provide structure to the comparatively big building.
At the same time the building is energy saving by highly insulated cladding structures as well as double skin glass structures.