The Shijiazhuang Exhibition and Convention Centre is a landmark project that establishes the core of the new city. It comprises 120,000m2 of exhibition space, a public concourse and a plenary, banquet and multi-purpose hall for flexible community activities. Stage two of the project will see an associated mixed use 300m2 tower linked directly into the facility via footbridges.
The inspiration for this project comes from the idea of textile weaving and how it is structured, in particular, how the threads interlock to create a binding fabric. This concept is intrinsically linked to Shijiazhuang's own history with its significant textile heritage that has brought substantial economic prosperity to the city.
The adopted design language patterning works on all levels of the scheme from macro master plan down to the micro level of forms, facades and landscape design. This combines into a harmonious cohesive whole, forming the centre piece for the new city.
"The project represents an important urban renewal of a high profile site within Shijiazhuang that will work to stimulate and revitalise an under-developed part of the city,” says design leader Nik Karalis. “Woods Bagot's vision is to create an active precinct combined with first class international civic architecture that will engage with the community and the surrounding environment.”
Four Woods Bagot studios collaborated to create the vision: Sydney, Beijing, London and New York; a truly Global Studio project.
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Design LeadersMichael Kim, Will Hosikian, Nik Karalis, Domenic Alvaro, Erik Haight
About ShijiazhuangShijiazhuang is the capital of Hebei province in North China.