China, Lianyungang 

Industrial Exhibition Center Lianyungang


Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Competition project leaders Patrick Pfleiderer, Christa Hillebrand
Competition design team Jan Peter Deml, Li Ling, Lu Yun, Wang Yan, Xie Fang, Zhao Jing, Thilo Zehme, Liu Mo
Project leaders, detailed design Christa Hillebrand, Wang Yan
Detailed design team Jan Peter Deml, Andreas Goetze, Guo Fuhui, Li Ling, Mulyanto, Matthias Wiegelmann, Zhao Jing, Liu Yuchen, Nian Tie, Shen Chen, Li Chen
Client Lianyungang Rui Hao Investment and Development Co., Ltd.
GFA 77,418 m² above ground,
11,179 m² below ground



Christian Gahl

On the outside, the exhibition building features a natural stone facade of light-colored granite with dynamically distributed vertical incisions structuring the large closed areas. They generate the image of a barcode, thus creating a symbolic reference to the function of the building as a place for trade and commerce.

Applying a clear functional principle on the inside, the four large exhibition halls define the total volume of the building on a footprint area of 200 × 320 meters. The two entrances to the trade exhibition building are recognizable by graded incisions in the building structure – a reference to the “Dougong” principle of traditional Chinese roof construction.

The conference center level above the entrance hall can be reached from both access points via wide staircases in the core of the building. Cascading water features between the staircases generate a special atmosphere as a focal point of the exhibition activity to mark a special place for social encounters. The four exhibition halls are based on a 9 ×12 meter grid. The halls benefit not only from natural lighting via skylights, but also from the fact that they are optimally suitable for a variety of functions, such as trade exhibitions, concerts, sports and festive events.