theeAe architects has shared its proposal for the design of the new public cultural and art centre in shenzhen, china. the studio imagines a structure that combines three separate volumes, shaped into a single undulating tower inspired by traditional chinese pottery. the curved, undulating building is proposed in sit in the bao’an district of the city, its organic façade giving the impression of having been shaped by human hands.

 

 

 

 

located in the heart of shenzhen’s cultural district, theeAe’s proposal aims to marry modern architecture with traditional cultural craft. the design consists of six separate programs: roof garden, art gallery, museum, viewing gallery, an open public space and underground parking. the curved body of the building allows for multiple routes of circulation. visitors can explore the different spaces via a series of ramps that intersect and connect the volumes, or vertically through use of a central stairway and elevators. ‘chinese pottery has a long history and has been world’s leading for long [sic]’ say the studio of the inspiration behind the design. ‘this will be a suitable theme for the concept of the new public culture and art center. the process of pottery shaping is a metaphor for mixing the three different cultures together.’

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen tower inspired by traditional chinese pottery

 

 

the bottom of the building is raised from the ground and supported by three interior columns. this opens the building up from a ground floor perspective, and minimizes impact on the surrounding cityscape. in addition to a museum and art gallery, the centre will feature a three storey viewing gallery space — interconnected with the central opening of the building — that the studio hopes will become a major new point of interest for the area.

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen the bottom of the building is raised from the ground and supported by three interior columns

 

 

theeAe’s proposal also suggests a heightened level of interaction between the cultural centre and its neighbours, and includes semi-private access to the sport field located to the centre’s rear. by making access to the museum as convenient as possible, and by surrounding the build with worthwhile peripheral attractions, the design aims to actively engage the shenzhen public with the activities of the cultural centre.

 

‘in order to match the dynamic shape of the building, landscape will go with a vivid streamline design and bring vitality to the space. rich spatial quality, dynamic design and a variety of exhibitions are believed to become popular among the youth. this will be a good chance to increase their interest in culture and enhance their knowledge in relative fields, therefore facilitates cultural inheritance.’


theeAe’s proposal suggests a heightened level of interaction between the centre and its neighbours

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen
connection is available to the underground train system via the basement level


the centre will feature a three storey viewing gallery space interconnected with the central opening of the building

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen
the undulating building is proposed in sit in the bao’an district of the city

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen
visitors can explore the different spaces via a series of ramps that intersect and connect the volumes


that the studio hopes its proposal will become a major new point of interest for the area

the inspiration for the design is outlines in a series of pictograms

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen
sectional drawing

theeAe cultural centre shenzhen bird’s eye view of the district

 

 

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edited by: peter corboy | designboom

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