The Nanjing Hexi District recently selected tvsdesign for the south expansion of the Nanjing International Expo Center (NIEC). The goal of this mission was to promote cooperation and exchange between the two cities, and re-emphasize the importance of friendly business relations between China and the United States. Their design will compliment the original master plan and design while embracing the cultural history and beauty of Nanjing, calling upon its dramatic landscape of iconic mountains and scenic waterfronts to enhance architectural roof forms and shape towers that emphasize the importance of the Olympic Axis to the Hexi District. More images and architects’ description after the break.
This project award comes after tvsdesign’s Senior Vice President of Practice, Becky Ward, and Principal Helen Hatch were selected as Economic Development leaders to accompany Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed on a trade mission to China.The winning design for the NIEC South expansion combines two key aspirations for the city of Nanjing: increase the exhibition space offered by tvsdesign’s original NIEC campus design while serving as an important retail, entertainment and office complement of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the new Youth Olympic Center, located adjacent to the expansion site.
Situated at the heart of the dynamic HEXI district of Nanjing City and the Olympic Axis leading from the HEXI Financial District to the Yangtze River, the south expansion to the Nanjing International Expo Center will add a combined 300,000 SM of office, retail and exhibition space. The current complex, spanning more than 50 acres, is the largest conference and exhibition centre in China’s Jiangsu Province and was designed around the “Crouching Tiger, Curling Dragon” lore of this historic capitol of China.
The NIEC South expansion will also create a series of pedestrian laneways allowing residents and visitors to the area the opportunity to experience a dynamic urban environment in support of the aspirations of the Youth Olympic Games and the lifestyle vision of the Hexi District.
Architects: tvsdesign Location: Nanjing, China Client: Nanjing Hexi New District Expansion Project Area: 80,000 sm exhibit; 120,000 sm office; 20,000 sm retail Current Project Area: 120,000 sm multi-hall exposition center, 30,000 sm free standing conference center, 27 meeting rooms, Junior ballroom, Grand ballroom, 30,000 sm, outdoor exhibition space, Two hotels, Office Space, Retail Estimated Cost: $350 million