OMA’s design for the international conference and exchange center (IFEC) in shenzhen, china has been chosen as the winner of a design competition. the project, led by OMA partner and leader of projects in asia, chris van dujin and project architect kellen huang, was chosen out of seven international architecture firms. the building comprises large scale conference facilities with a 400-room hotel and public program.




located at the waterfront of qianhai, the new district in the pearl river delta, the IFEC will become a beacon for the ships sailing along the maritime silk road. the complex will connect qianhai’s future main public transport hub to the waterfront park, linking the city’s various districts through a shared public and cultural program.




OMA’s design for the IFEC is composed of three distinct volumes. the conference center is shaped into stepped volumes with terraces facing the park. the hotel towers over the conference center, and is shaped as a 3-dimensional polyhedron. the third volume, containing hotel amenities and public program, is oriented towards the center of the business district.



at the heart of the complex is a large urban atrium with a foyer for both the conference center and the hotel. the atrium brings in the public domain and can be separately programmed for cultural events, strengthening the relation between the professional domain and public life in qianhai.



IFEC will be OMA’s fourth building being developed in shenzhen. the competition entry was a collaboration between OMA and CCDI. OMA’s design team is led by chris van duijn together with project architect kellen huang.



project info: 


project name: international conference and exchange center

location: qianhai, shenzhen, china

architecture firm: OMA

design team: chris van duijn and kellen huang