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

steven holl: tianjin ecocity ecology and planning museums

‘tianjin ecocity ecology and planning museums’ by steven holl, tianjin, chinaimage © steven holl



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 beijingthat will be home to 350,000 inhabitants, the museum structures will be the first in the cultural district. together making a complete box, theplanning museum is the negative, or subtractive space to the ecology museum’s positive, or additive characteristic: the yin and yang. consistingof equal volumes of 20,000 square-feet each connected by a subterranean service tunnel of the same area, each construct offers varying experiencesbased on, as their names imply, ecology and urban planning.



one mass represents the negative space of the otherimage © steven holl



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 toplevel 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 appropriatelysituated 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.



image © steven holl



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-waydisplay is turned into an interactive relationship with the viewer. this is accompanied by a 3D cinema and a restaurant with views out towards thesea. on the top storey one can find the green architecture, landscape and water resources exhibits as well as access to the vegetative roof-scape offeringoffering unmatched views.



reflective pool in the plaza located over the ocean ecology exhibitimage © steven holl



interior lobbyimage © steven holl



open air terraces create dynamic spacesimage © steven holl



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inverse sectionsimage © steven holl



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  • Intriguing …..

    Robin says:
  • this guy never ceases to amaze me

    dbkii says:
  • when solid-printing takes over design…
    try this exercise: what if this project was done in the ’60s? how would you feel about it today?

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • very nice! like it a lot…..creative

    Double D says:
  • “strive to escape language time bondage, intuition is our muse”
    great project!

    Uli E says:
  • It is a gallery to exhibit a sculpture that is the gallery

    raymondo says:
  • superb!

    hoseun says:
  • the scale and logic of space truthfully explored from and for a human body. What it means to be physical ! Bravo !

    christina read says:
  • Who ate my cheese?
    No, honestly, I get it!
    But why do we do things just because we can?
    Restraint is at the foundation of lasting design.
    Even for wild form.

    Mike Jackson says:
  • This is deconstructionist to the point that it comes full circle to being organic. That said, just because it can be done doesn’t mean it should be.

    LincolnHo says:

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