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Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates

  • 22:00 - 8 February, 2016
Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates
Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates, Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

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  • Associate Architect, Structural & Mechanical Engineer

    China United Northwest Institute for Engineering Design & Research
  • Interior Design

    Hallucinate Design Office
  • Landscape Design

    Hyder ACLA Consulting (Shanghai) Limited
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Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

Text description provided by the architects. MCEC (Midwest Commodity Exchange Center) is a trade center for metal products located at a center of Xi’ an International Trade & Logistics Park. This region is positioned as one of regional headquarters of China’s New Silk Road, and a new urban development has recently started there. MCEC has a rich historical and cultural background of Silk Road, and the urban landscape as a landmark representing international trade with the new transportation infrastructure is expected for MCEC.

Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
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MCEC is composed of seven buildings which can be categorized as follows: “bridge” buildings representing connection between south-north and east-west transportations, namely Towers A, C, D, and E; “gold seal” buildings representing fair international trades, namely Tower B; and “gate” buildings, which are a pair of hexagonal columns representing the new urban development, namely Towers F and G. Generating complex silhouettes, these buildings express the dynamic sequence of urban landscape that changes constantly in all directions according to the shifting viewpoints in motion.

Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

MCEC consists of service facilities for the main functions including trade rooms and conference rooms. Towers A / B / C and Towers D / E are continuous building to be dynamically connected by semi-exterior entrance hall with each 5-story high open space and glass roof. Towers F / G are independent administrative buildings, and in both buildings it is directly accessible from the south and north entrances located in the impressive entrance hall with 2-story open space.

Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

Tower B, accommodating the operational headquarter of MCEC, is clad in three-dimensional façade expanding upwards with irregular patterns. Its curtain walls of the honeycomb design visualize the network patterns. The other six towers are clad in flat SSG curtain walls assembled in various angles, reflecting the honeycomb patterns. In addition, they interconnect the inside and the outside while activating the space for trade activities.

Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

We set special design codes for these buildings dealing in metal products; the curtain walls should be designed based on the metallic ratio. The golden ratio is applied to “golden seal” building (Tower B); the platinum ratio to the “bridge” buildings (Towers A, C, D, and E); and the bronze ratio to the “gate” buildings (Towers F and G). In addition, each façade is divided in different sizes according to the orientation. The “dot lines” on the façade are made of silk-printed glass with shading louvers equipped with internal LED lighting. At night, fragments of light stream along the façade according to the special lighting program move, and such transformation on the façades create a spectacular and active urban landscape. 

Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

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Cite: "Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates" 08 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/781635/mcec-midwest-commodity-exchange-center-interdesign-associates-plus-hugo-kohno-architect-associates/> ISSN 0719-8884
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

中西部商品交易中心 / 国际设计联盟+ Hugo Kohno建筑事务所

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