BIAD_UFo: phoenix international media center
BIAD_UFo: phoenix international media center BIAD_UFo: phoenix international media center
aug 16, 2011
BIAD_UFo: phoenix international media center


aerial view of the ‘phoenix international media center’ by shao weiping of BIAD_UFo under construction
image courtesy of BIAD_UFo

designboom has just visited the construction site of the ‘phoenix international media center’ located in beijing, china.
designed by chinese based shao weiping + BIAD_UFo, the multipurpose program will contain facilities for
television programming, offices and various businesses. the curvaceous shell is conceptually derived from the mobius,
a continuous strip with no beginning or end. an expansive glass facade wraps around the monumental atrium reaching
a grand thirty meters in height creating a chimney effect to ventilating the spaces. separate sheltered rooms containing
programmatic spaces protect individuals from direct
sunlight.

a 55 meter high structural diagrid supports the expansive glass curtain wall
bringing ambient light into the sweeping
interior as well as maintaining a visual connection with the adjacent
chaoyang park from the various levels of suspended
promenades and
streets. the steel ribs will channel water into a collection tank which will then be filtered and distributed into
the surrounding water features and landscape. the double skin facade will reduce energy consumption and maintain comfortable
temperatures within the building in winter and summer.


construction
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construction
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construction
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construction
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construction
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construction
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construction
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construction
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temporary supports are added to the structure to strengthen connections during construction
image courtesy of BIAD_UFo


atrium under construction
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interior promenade
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arch structure for roof
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structural steel wrapping the building
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rendering of
interior atrium

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rendering entrance facade
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street facade
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floor plan / level 0
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floor plan / level 1
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section

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(left) corridor
(right) atrium space

images courtesy of BIAD_UFo


(left) interior ‘street’
(right) upper level ‘street’ overlooking lower levels

images courtesy of BIAD_UFo

this project is currently being exhibited as part of the ‘verso est’ – chinese architectural landscape at the MAXXI in rome, italy.
curated by fang zhenning, the international exhibit for chinese art and architecture will continue though october 23, 2011.

project info:

project name: phoenix international media center
location: beijing, china
architectual firm (studio): shao weiping(executive chief architect of biad, director of biad ufo (un-forbidden office)
design period: 2007-2009
construction period: 2009-2012
site area: 18821.83 m2
floor area: 64973 m2
above ground: 35000 m2
underground: 29973 m2
client: phoenix satellite television(east) beijing
usage: media office, broadcasting studio, restaurants, parking garage, utilities and supporting facilities

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