‘Calling of the Sea’, the proposal for the exhibition hall for Yantai Development Zone Blueprint by Origin Architect, will be not only a space to exhibit the blueprint of Yantai City, but also present an attitude itself and the possible future of the coastal city, as well as the visions experienced directly. The starting point for the entire design derives from cherishing and respect to unique land conditions. It makes an attempt for common development and symbiotic relationship of urban architectures and nature, protect and develop natural resources, and restore hangovers from the past. In the end, it can make the city’s single coastal environment thriving. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The project Exhibition Hall, situated in the mid of the ten-li beautiful Golden Beach in Yantai, is north to the Yellow Sea and back to windbreaks with advantageous outer resources. Originally, it was a waste land for an unfinished building project in unearthing and depredation, and taken back later by the Government for construction of the Exhibition Hall.
With restoration, trimming and transformation of the beach, the landscape architecture will neutralize the boundary of the building and nature, integrating artificial environment with nature. Buildings, ups and downs on the site, will create a continuous space from inside to outside, lead people to access in from seaside, highways, forests and trestles outlaws, crossing and visiting three functional areas: Model Display Area of Development Zone Blueprint, Display Area of Cultures and Office Area.
The shell, reflecting sunshine, air and seascapes, can make the Hall full of lights and shadows, and connecting between and sea and sky. The special shows and cultural release and communication space indoors extend to building outside, rooftop and beach, melted with exhibitions, leisure and fitness movement outdoors. The special blueprint show will not be stiff lecturing any more, but quietly infiltrated into the leisurely life, and becomes an important part of the urban life.
The hall will be constructed with both basic materials–local sand and shell left by people. Both are from the land and back to the land, so that the Hall can be blending in the physical environment, and becomes an extension of the local primitive Shell Knoll Civilization in the modern times.
Architects: Origin Architect
Location: Economic & Technological Development Area, Yantai, China
Design Director: Li Ji
Project Team: Zhang Hui, Ye Qiang, Huang Ji, Yang Liu, Wang Jing, Liu Hongyan, Lin Zhigang, Lian Hui
Site Area: 20, 000 sqm
Project Year: 2012