hans hollein: meixihu culture and arts center
hans hollein: meixihu culture and arts center hans hollein: meixihu culture and arts center
aug 11, 2012

hans hollein: meixihu culture and arts center

‘meixihu culture and arts center’ by hans hollein, changsha, china all images courtesy of hans hollein

austrian practice hans hollein has finished the design for the ‘meixihu lake international culture and arts center’ in changsha, china. the urban project layers an extensive and diverse program in what will become the world’s largest cultural center and landmark. among the many facets of the master plan, the main elements will consist of a mall, hotel, exhibition, apartment complex and theater packaged within individual buildings that architectonically support one another in a unique sculptural language. the commercial aspects of the compilation tie together the artistic and cultural functions, through reintegrated circulation. pedestrian paths bring people from public transport directly to the megaplex, while major peripheral roads communicate with new underground streets. the meixu lake sits adjacently to the site to provide a tranquil, natural backdrop.

local traditional materials are combined with contemporary technology and strategies to create a range of dynamic spaces, reflective surfaces, irregular massive spaces and new methods of communication make it amongst the largest in the world.

aerial view

view from meixi lake

approach from main street

main entrance for the shopping mall

view towards the main entrance

exterior form creates an artistic icon for the city

entrance of the shopping mall

museum interior

entrance hall


preview of the meixihu international culture and arts center

  • really embarassing

    al says:
  • Not sure about the mall,looks like crumpled paper,but the texture is interesting,over all the lines are very clean cut .Gives a nice view .

    TATTOO-LY says:
  • And this person is supposed to be a Pritzker Prize laureate?

    Dom says:
  • it’s funny!

    anywho says:
  • very chinese, the towers are fantastic, really something new.

    CEH12396 says:
  • nice way to tie together so many things. cant be easy with something of this size

    noddatruf says:
  • Oh please, I’m Chinese and I can assure you that this is not remotely Chinese in shape nor form.

    Dom says:
  • It’s ridiculous. Deconstructivism on acid. The waterfront view is like nothing I’ve seen before. I hope it will be built, just out of spite.

    H-J says:
  • The interior shots are very cool, I like how the structure weaves through the building

    baby says:
  • Not bad in the daring department for an 80 year old architect! Hopefully he pulls a Niemeyer and keeps kickin until he’s 104.

    Andrew M. says:

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