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steven holl: tianjin ecocity ecology and planning museums
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jan 16, 2013
steven holl: tianjin ecocity ecology and planning museums


‘tianjin ecocity ecology and planning museums’ by steven holl, tianjin, china
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new york and beijing-based practice steven holl architects has just shared with us images of their recently won competition to design the new
‘tianjin ecocity ecology and planning museums.’ located in a new eco-city being built on the polluted tide flats of bohai bay just south of beijing
that will be home to 350,000 inhabitants, the museum structures will be the first in the cultural district. together making a complete box, the
planning museum is the negative, or subtractive space to the ecology museum’s positive, or additive characteristic: the yin and yang. consisting
of equal volumes of 20,000 square-feet each connected by a subterranean service tunnel of the same area, each construct offers varying experiences
based on, as their names imply, ecology and urban planning.

 

 


one mass represents the negative space of the other
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entering on the ground level to the ecology museum reveals a projection next to the restaurant and retail areas. an elevator takes guests to the top
level where their descent through the three ecologies – earth to cosmos, earth to man, earth to earth – begins, connected through a series of ramps.
the earth to earth exhibit on the bottom floor features a plane that turns clockwise, moving slowly down towards the ocean ecology space appropriately
situated under the reflecting pond of the exterior plaza. the earth to earth section contains four outdoor green terraces as temporary exhibit spaces
that change with the seasons.

 

 


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the shared public square also marks the entrance to the planning museum where visitors are greeted by a large model of the eco-city and another
temporary display area. a multimedia system makes the next sequence of program, the theory and practice zones, come to life with dynamic
informative videos, images, and sounds, all located on the second level. mechanical escalators transport guests to the third floor where one-way
display is turned into an interactive relationship with the viewer. this is accompanied by a 3D cinema and a restaurant with views out towards the
sea. on the top storey one can find the green architecture, landscape and water resources exhibits as well as access to the vegetative roof-scape offering
offering unmatched views.

 

 


reflective pool in the plaza located over the ocean ecology exhibit
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interior lobby
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open air terraces create dynamic spaces
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model
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separated by a large public square
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section
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section models
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inverse sections
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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elevation
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watercolor concept
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