Located adjacent to the historic Baotai bridge and Emporer’s canal, the museum will anchor a new landscape park that will provide pedestrian access along the river. Our design sought to integrate the park into the building by extending the landscape and opening up the ground floor lobby with continuous glass connection to the park. On the upper levels the Exhbition Galleries were removed and formed into linear elements that allow for flexible exhibition as well as take advantage of the views of the Bridge and sourrounding landscape. The project seeks to change the way the collection is experience by tieing it to the history of the place rather than limited to the gallery walls. The project is integrated closely to the site by extending a green roof down to the park, this also acts to reduced the visual scale and highight the exhbition spaces. Project in collaboration with Link Arc
Changsha International Exhibition Center Competition, Changsha China
The Changsha Exhibition Center is planned to be the main commercial development within a new business district adjacent to a new High Speed rail line. The new exposition center was designed to create a powerful new Changsha landmark that engages the Liuyang river and welcomes both visitors and residents to its open and shaded plazas. The expo seeks to be more than a commercial center, it’s ambition is to also be a new center for the community and a destination point, while also being responsible to its environment and welcoming to it neighbors. The main feature of the project is a large floating roof canopy which creates a unifying visual horizon line along the river, while creating a cooler microclimate around the building which will make the plazas more comfortable for year around for exhibitions and fairs. A series of Pods support the roof canopy and contain the conference center as well as 1000 seat auditorium and outdoor amphitheater.
Downtown Jebel Ali Hotel, Dubai
The program is for a business hotel to be located in a more pedestrian oriented development near a light rail stop in Downtown Jebel Ali, Dubai. Our design approach was to focus the energy in the interaction of the building with the public space, to create a accessible a visible destination for the city. To maximize activity on the ground floor, the building was closely integrated into its site and opened up to connect all the public spaces including retail, restaurant, cafe and meeting spaces with direct links to the adjacent pedestrian medina streets. The facade of the project is composed of a double skin which functions to solar shade and cool the building as well as creating a distinct visual impact. The skin is formed out of a stretched woven wire mesh LED fabric that can project still and video imagery increasing visiblity from the adjacent highway and commuter rail system. The hotel is designed to be destination that will attract the discerning business travelers as well vistitors from the neighborhood.