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Bio-Lake Reception Center / Zephyr Architects

  • 01:00 - 16 May, 2012
Bio-Lake Reception Center / Zephyr Architects
Bio-Lake Reception Center / Zephyr Architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect

    Zephyr Architects
  • Design Team

    Fu Dong, Zhao Zhonggui, Yang Ching-Chi, Ding Junmei, Yu Tong
  • Associate Architect

    Wuhan Oule
  • Client

    Bio-Lake Commission
  • Area

    3540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. As the central piece of architecture for the Guanggu Bio-lake campus, this reception center houses exhibition space, conference rooms and administration offices. The building sits between a main plaza and central lake. In a comparatively small piece of land, the architecture seeks to have a strong symbolic character. In order to increase the overall impact of the architecture, the mass is treated as a sculpture in shape and texture.

© Yao Li
© Yao Li

This site is surrounded by buildings with varying viewpoints of the main project. The multi-faceted box produces a façade of ever-changing viewpoints. The overall form and proportions of the building correspond to the program arrangement which includes a central atrium, models and media exhibition room, and ramps and stairs connecting different floors. The basic 6-sided volume is created from the merging and extruding of one small and one large square.

© Yao Li
© Yao Li

The small square extends the height of the ground floor, emphasizing an upward verticality and allowing the volume to float. In addition to the six main faces, creation of the volume also produces a series of angled faces, located on the roof and cantilevered space. The window openings break up the solid shell and connects interior and exterior space.

© Yao Li
© Yao Li

Textured beige stone is hung at 16° to follow the façade geometry, continuing the divisions and enveloping the entire volume, making the building more compact and strong. The architectural volume is like a powerful floating multi-faceted box, adapting to the surrounding while creating a dialogue with the water.

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15 Comments

JK · July 05, 2012

China really does steal everyone's architecture!

kevin · February 19, 2015 03:05 PM

JK,
what do you mean by "stealing"?! We are living in an info ago without precedent, all ideas and innovation are shared without conventional border lines dividing countries. There is no such a thing as certain spatial form belonging to certain architect. If this is the only comment you can make, then I suggest you do more thinking and study on the nature of our era and how architecture creating has been influenced. If "being shallow" is your nature, then I suggest you to make this kind of comments somewhere else, because this is a forum of architecture design.

El Chaure · May 19, 2012

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alex · May 17, 2012

It's OMA calling, they want their project back.

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