the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Exhibition Center
  4. China
  5. HHD_FUN
  6. 2014
  7. Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN

Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN

  • 23:00 - 29 March, 2015
Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN
© DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

© Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang + 14

  • Landscape Designer

    HHD_FUN
  • LDI

    BDG Qingdao beiyang architectural design co., LTD
  • Site Area

    23000 m2
© Zhenfei Wang
© Zhenfei Wang

Text description provided by the architects. The International Horticultural Exposition 2014 opened in Qingdao on April 25th; the two service centers, “Heavenly Water (Tianshui)” and “Earthy Pond (Dichi)”, are named after the two extant lakes on Baiguo Mountain where the buildings are respectively located. As the primary architecture of the Expo area, the buildings undertook multiple functions including circulation hub, activity center, restaurant, recreational landscape, cultural communication, exhibition, etc. Considering the distinctive nature of the architecture and its geographical location, the following unique relationships require particular design treatments:

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

1. Architecture vs. Architecture   - The service centers sit on the same central axial as the Expo Theme Pavilion, the building placement at such a significant location will require design treatment of the relationship between the “invisible” and the “visible”; i.e. the accentuation of the Theme Pavilion from afar, and yet have its own draw in proximity.

© Zhenfei Wang
© Zhenfei Wang

2. Architecture vs. Environment – The Baiguo Mountain and the Heavenly Water and Earthy Pond lakes where the named project is located have outstanding natural landscape. Given the prominent location of the buildings by the lakes, the design treatment of the relationship between architecture and nature is vital to the deliverance of their organic integration.

© DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

3. Architecture vs. Human – Due to the unique nature of the service centers, which have to handle large circulation flow, the design has to ensure visitors from all directions can reach the service center area swiftly; and at the same time, it has to provide for visitors who can’t gain access into the service centers momentarily as a venue for viewing and resting.

In response to these issues, the designers proposed “landform architecture” as a design solution:

Through the reasonable use of the differences in natural gradients, the architecture and its setting are engaged as an integrated design, where the functions are placed and classed following the different grade levels, minimizing the architecture volume while maintaining the best possible view orientation. The architecture is split into two levels conferring to the natural landform: the second floor roof is flush with the street level, lessening the presence of the building volume as much as possible such that it does not press upon the Theme Pavilion on the north side, and providing visitor access to the rooftop platform for viewing of the natural landscape. The main restaurants of the first and second floors are facing the lakes, such that the visitors can have the best possible viewing experience; auxiliary functions such as supermarket and service stations are located under the rooftop platform for ease of access.

© Zhenfei Wang
© Zhenfei Wang

Preservation of the extant landform, landscape and vegetation to the greatest extent. For instance, the small island east of the Heavenly Water Service Center has preserved its original landscape with addition of new elements such as the poplar tree forest.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

A multi-trail system has being employed in order to provide maximum visitor experience and accessibility. The multi-trail system is the provision of more than one visiting routes while ensuring maximum accessibility and conveniences, such that the visitors can take different routes back and forth, enjoying the various function and landscapes along the way.

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN" 29 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/613765/heavenly-water-service-center-of-international-horticultural-exposition-2014-hhd_fun/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments
© DuoCai Photograph

2014青岛世界园艺博览会天水综合服务中心 / HHD_FUN