In a fast-growing seaport city south of Beijing, LHPA’s fan-shaped convention center provides state of the art exhibit and conference facilities for a new economic zone. The center’s curving shape is graceful as well as functional: a gently rounded spine, with glass walls and skylights, organizes the space and also acts as a boulevard where visitors can stroll and intermingle.
A unique steel saw tooth roof design, also inspired by the Chinese fan, distinguishes the building. Steel trusses suspended by cables attached to masts rising nearly 115 feet support it. Under its dynamic form, this roof structure allows clear spans to provide flexible exhibition space. The center’s 600,000 square foot Phase I was completed in 2004; Phase II, newly completed, expands the center to almost 1,000,000 square feet, equivalent to eight football fields. It was the setting for the World Economic (Davos) Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions Conference in September 2008.
The center anchors a larger development that includes a luxury hotel, also designed by LHPA, with upscale restaurants, shops and a spa, among other facilities.
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