Serie Architects has been awarded first prize by the competition Technical Committee for the Wuxi Xishan Civic Centre in China. Serie saw off strong competition from a high-powered international shortlist which included NihonSekkei, GMP Architekten, AS Architecture-Studio, and Arte Charpentier. The scheme is oriented around a large public plaza which is intended to form the centre of public life and expression within the Civic Centre. This unadorned open space hosts public gatherings and events, government displays and temporary exhibitions. The importance of symmetry within the composition of the plan is expressed in the strong axial relationship to the main entrance. More images and architects’ description after the break. Wuxi, with a rapidly growing population of six million, lies approximately 100 miles to the west of Shanghai. The Civic Centre is situated on a 27 hectare site and comprises two towers of 80,000sqm which house all the regional governmental functions, a cultural centre of 30,000sqm, 25,000sqm of auxiliary buildings and an office district of 58,000sqm.
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