HHD_FUN connects qingdao's expo site with heavenly water service center HHD_FUN connects qingdao's expo site with heavenly water service center
mar 24, 2015

HHD_FUN connects qingdao's expo site with heavenly water service center

HHD_FUN connects qingdao’s expo site with heavenly water service center
image © duocai photograph

 

 

 

completed by beijing-based studio HHD_FUN, the ‘heavenly water service center’ forms one of two large complexes designed for the 2014 international horticultural exposition in qingdao. as the primary architecture of the expo area, the buildings contain multiple functions including various activity centers, restaurants, exhibition spaces and recreational landscaping. both schemes are positioned on the same central axis as the site’s expo theme pavilion – a building designed by dutch firm UNStudio.

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the service center is positioned on the same central axis as the site’s expo theme pavilion
image © zhenfei wang

 

 

 

as the project is located in an area of significant natural beauty, the design team sought to ensure that the building remained integrated with the region’s existing terrain. in order to deal with the large quantities of people visiting the site each day the design allows visitors approaching from all directions to reach the service center area as quickly and as easily as possible.

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buildings contain functions including restaurants, exhibition space and recreational landscaping
image © zhenfei wang

 

 

 

each structure is split between two storeys, with accessible roof terraces aligned with the adjacent street level. the main restaurants on the first and second floors are oriented towards the lakes, while auxiliary functions are situated under the rooftop platform for ease of access.

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accessible roof terraces are aligned with the adjacent street level
image © duocai photograph

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
an aerial view of the rooftop landscaping
image © duocai photograph

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
image © zhenfei wang

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
floor-to-ceiling glazing flood interior volumes with natural light
image © zhenfei wang

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
the design allows visitors from all directions to quickly reach the service center area
image © zhenfei wang

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
riverfront landscaping
image © zhenfei wang

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
image © zhenfei wang

HHD_FUN heavenly water service center qingdao china designboom
the service center illuminated at dusk
image © zhenfei wang

 

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project info:

 

project name: heavenly water service center of international horticultural exposition 2014
location: qingdao, china
project dates: 2011-2014
architecture: HHD_FUN
landscape designer: HHD_FUN
LDI: BDG qingdao beiyang architectural design co., ltd
site area: 23,000 sqm
floor area: 6,539 sqm
photography: zhenfei wang, duocai photograph (aerial views)

  • It deeply concerns me as a U.S. citizen that these kinds of beautiful sites never seem to be in the Unites States.

    DonGateley says:
  • At first glance this seems incredibly bombastic and over the top. Surrounding a lake with a built environment? Were is this, on Mars?

    Mort d'Urban says:

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