The London observe defeated an undisclosed shortlist within the two-stage contest to win the fee for the Jinghe New Metropolis Tradition & Artwork Centre.
Its constructing will function a multimedia library, performing arts theatre, multifunctional halls, studios, exhibition areas and outside courtyards and gardens.
The challenge will remodel a web site near the Jinghe River north of the area’s capital Xi’an – the historic start line for the Silk Street – and is a part of a wider masterplan for a brand new science and expertise district Jinghe New Metropolis.
The appointment comes a 12 months after a Grimshaw-led consortium defeated ZHA and others within the contest for a brand new built-in transport hub at Shenzhen Airport in China.
Final September, ZHA gained a contest to redevelop Vilnius railway station and its precincts in Lithuania.
The centre’s design intertwines with the town’s present city masterplan to attach the brand new multimedia library to the north of Jinghe Avenue with the brand new performing arts theatre, multifunction halls, studios and exhibition galleries to the south by way of elevated courtyards, gardens and paths that span the avenue’s eight lanes of visitors beneath.
With gently sloping ramps offering a gateway to the district’s community of elevated public walkways, the centre weaves via the town to hyperlink its business and residential districts with the parks and river to the south, whereas additionally bringing the town’s residents into the center of the constructing and offering direct entry to the deliberate metro station.
Organised as a collection of flowing volumes, layers and surfaces interconnecting with courtyards and landscapes, the design defines a sequence of inside and exterior cultural and leisure areas for its group.
The multimedia library’s terraces overlook its full-height atrium with diffusing skylights to offer quite a lot of public studying zones for particular person and collective analysis. The library will combine print publications along with immersive digital actuality applied sciences that broaden the boundaries of studying and enrich the change of data.
The performing arts theatre is situated on the southern aspect of the avenue, accommodates 450 individuals and might be tailored for a lot of kinds of occasions. The multifunction corridor, studios and galleries are stacked and organized across the theatre to share public areas designed to boost accessibility and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Photo voltaic irradiation evaluation and responsive web site planning optimise the centre’s use of pure air flow and daylight within the gentle temperate local weather of Jinghe New Metropolis.
The centre incorporates photovoltaic panels for on-site energy technology along with rainwater assortment. Its building will prioritise regionally produced supplies with a excessive recycled content material to attain a 3-star certification in China’s Inexperienced Constructing programme.