the nanjing international youth culture centre is a zaha hadid-designed complex nearing completion in china’s eastern jiangsu province. boasting two large skyscrapers, the architecture is intended to serve as a transition from the verticality of the city’s central business district to the horizontal topography of the adjacent river. set to complete later in 2016, the flagship scheme includes a hotel, a conference center, office and administrative areas, and basement parking.

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the zaha hadid-designed complex is nearing completion in china’s eastern jiangsu province
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut (also main image)

 

 

with on-site construction work wrapping up, photographer khoo guo jie visited the site to document the project. the new images illustrate the scale of zaha hadid’s design, which occupies an area of 5.2 hectares. containing a five-star hotel and various offices, the taller of the two towers is 314 meters tall (1,030 feet), while the shorter high-rise, housing a hotel for the conference center on the plaza, climbs to a height of 255 meters (837 feet).

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the design boasts two large skyscrapers
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

 

 

below, the two towers share a five-storey mixed-use podium. ‘at the interface between tower and podium, the glass facade gradually transforms into a grid of rhomboid fibre-concrete panels, giving the large surfaces of podium and conference center a solid and sculptural appearance; underlining the dynamic character of the form and providing daylight to the building’s interior,’ explain the architects.

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the flagship scheme includes a five-star hotel and a conference center
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

 

 

internally, the 2,100-seat conference hall is equipped with a multi-purpose proscenium stage for cultural and theatrical events, while a 500-seat concert venue is optimized for acoustic orchestral performances. earlier in 2016, designboom featured the project’s interiors, which were developed in collaboration with GD-lighting design.

zaha hadid nanjing international youth culture centre china designboom
the complex occupies an area of 5.2 hectares
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

zaha hadid nanjing international youth culture centre china designboom
the glass façade gradually transforms into a grid of rhomboid fiber-concrete panels
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

zaha hadid nanjing international youth culture centre china designboom
the two towers share a five-storey mixed-use podium
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

zaha hadid nanjing international youth culture centre china designboom
the taller of the two towers climbs to a height of 314 meters
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

zaha hadid nanjing international youth culture centre china designboom
the project is scheduled to complete later in 2016
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

zaha hadid nanjing international youth culture centre china designboom
see photography from inside the building here
image by khoo guo jie / béton brut

 

 

project info:

 

location: nanjing, china
project dates: 2011 – 2016
client: hexi new planning bureau
status: under construction
size: 465,000 sqm (hotel 136,000 sqm, conference centre 106,500 sqm, office etc 122,500 sqm, basement parking 100,000 sqm)

 

architect: zaha hadid architects
design: zaha hadid wlocation: nanjing, china
project dates: 2011 – 2016
client: hexi new planning bureau
status: under construction
size: 465,000 sqm (hotel 136,000 sqm, conference centre 106,500 sqm, office etc 122,500 sqm, basement parking 100,000 sqm)

 

architect: zaha hadid architects
design: zaha hadid with patrik schumacher
project director: nils-peter fischer
project architect: vincent nowak, shao-wei huang
consulting associate: cristiano ceccato
lead facades and envelope: shao-wei huang, lydia kim
lead conference centre: melike altinisik
lead towers and podium: garin o’aivazian
lead interiors: may-jinqui qin
lead landscape & urbanism: carolina lopez-blanco

 

competition team: garin o’aivazian, jalal el-ali, kyla farrell, maria tsironi, matthew richardson, melike altinisik, meng chan tang, mirco becker, mostafa el sayed, paolo gamba, saman saffarian, shajay bhooshan, shao-wei huang, shyamala duraisingam, spyridon kaprinis, suryansh chandra, yevgeniya pozigun

 

project team: alexandros kallegias, ashwin shah, carlos piles puig, chao wei, charbel chagoury, david doody, duarte reino, ed gaskin, emma chen, ermis chalvatzis, eugene leung, frenji koshy, george frenji, ho-ping hsia, hongdi li, igor pantic, jamie mann, john randle, juan liu, julia mcleod, katharina hieger, konstantinos mouratidis, leonid krykhtin, mattia gambardella, michael grau, michael sims, mostafa el sayed, nassim eshaghi, natassa lianou, niqui berkowski, patryk ruszkowski, sebastian andia, shajay bhooshan, soomeen hahm, spyridon kaprinis, yuchen zhang, yue shi, yun zhangSave

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  • This is amazing.

  • I do not fine the design pleasing in any way. The word that comes to mind is ugly and disjointed; like 2 different designs stuck together.

    D.Theodore Munda says:
  • Certainly two of the most elegant towers seen in a very long time. That kind of grace could is a lesson for many designers. The base is far too challenging as delivered, though.

    Andi W says:

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