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Tower of Time / BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS

Tower of Time / BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS

view detail. Image © Zhepeng Zhang view detail. Image © Zhepeng Zhang Performance. Image © Simon Zhao view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang + 20

Nanjing, China
  • Architects: BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  470.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Photographs Photographs:  Zhepeng Zhang, Simon Zhao
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Jiangsu Kecai Media Advertising Decoration, LONGT Lighting Group, Nanjing Ningsheng Steel Structure Engineering
  • Lead Architects: Xiaodi Zhu
  • Design Team: Simon Zhao, Yuedong Ma, Tao Zhang
  • Cooperated Artist: Bingyi
  • Steel Structure Consultant: BIAD - 4A7
  • Steel Structure Construction: Nanjing Ningsheng Steel Structure Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Architectural Lighting Design: Puri Lighting Design
  • Lighting Engineering: Longteng Lighting Group
  • Site Technical Director: Yanbing Zheng
  • General Planner: Xiaolan Wang
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view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang

Text description provided by the architects. Tower of Time, the large-scale installation designed by the architect Zhu Xiaodi is the entity part of the artist Bingyi’s cross-media project in the 2020 Nanjing Youth Olympic Light and Art Festival. It appeared on the Nanjing Youth Olympic Cultural Axis on December 27, 2019 and became the symbol of the light festival.

view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang

Chinese people's understanding of time was not as simple as the Christian era. Through observing and comprehending the alternation of day and night, the cycle of four seasons, the ancient Chinese people established a time-space conception, paid more attention to the impact of environmental changes on human, initiated the inquiry of the meaning and value of life, and created plenty of poems that express the feelings of time, which have been handed down to the present and formed the cultural attribute and spiritual world of Chinese people.

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To focus such a far-reaching and broad theme of time on an installation, the Tower of Time is formed by a spatial structure connected by several layers of constantly changing disks and the surrounding rising screens to present a three-dimensional, mutual concealing spatial relationship, and transform the concrete entity existence into an abstract expression of space. Under the sunshine in the day and the light at night, it produces rich light and shadow changes and dreamlike effects that provide the viewers a coherent viewing experience while moving and complete the translation from space to time. The Tower guides the viewers to look upward into the infinite sky to feel the existence and power of time and space.

bird eye view with lighting effect. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
bird eye view with lighting effect. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
bird eye view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
bird eye view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang

Five sets of projectors of the most advanced projection technology are used around the Tower of Time to accurately project the display content on the screens in different sizes and orientations, which perfectly present the cross-media works created by artist Bingyi. At the same time, the lighting inside the Tower of Time is controlled simultaneously with the external performance, producing a fantastic artistic effect of the Time Tower.

view detail. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view detail. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view detail. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
view detail. Image © Zhepeng Zhang

The Tower of Time is a "light building" with light and information flow as the carrier. With the pure light language as the creative idea, it aims to make the architecture become the life body of light, and translate time and light that are poetic, philosophical and difficult to be materialized into a visible and perceptible new life experience. The Tower of Time is a multi-media building that embodies the spatial images of various traditional building types, such as pavilion, terrace, tower, open hall, etc. It is also a comprehensive stage that integrates various cultural functions, such as tour, performance, broadcast, exhibition, etc.

Performance. Image © Simon Zhao
Performance. Image © Simon Zhao

Each of the viewers standing far or near the Tower of Time will have different feelings and new understanding of time and life.

bird eye view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang
bird eye view. Image © Zhepeng Zhang

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Address: Nanjing Youth Olympic park, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

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Cite: "Tower of Time / BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS" 22 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/932307/tower-of-time-biad-zxd-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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