china optics valley convention and exhibition center designed by WSP architects is situated in central area of optics valley new city, wuhan, hubei province. the building resembles a traditional chinese statuette carved from ivory. 

facade night view



WSP designed a three-story building, where first and second floors are used for exhibitions, while the third floor is used for conferences. the exhibition part is divided into six big halls which can be used as one whole space.

bird’s eye view – night view



the unique ivory-like façade is also functional — with the geometric metal truss adopted to the facade, 30% of the air conditioning energy consumption was reduced. the glazed curtain walls with flowing shades and shadows have created natural interconnectivity between interior and exterior of the building through its façades, which deliver great modern and artistic sense of space.

the building resembles an ivory carved statuette



during the day, the whole interior is lit up by natural light from outside, which — apart from the economical energy consumption — adds more breeziness to the space. meanwhile, when it’s dark outside, the shining cube highlights the china’s landmark optics valley. 

close up of the facade



the design reflects the sense of both technology and modernity of the current era. the application of energy-saving green designs and technologies makes it a dominant public building in the entire optics valley central city. 

night view

steel structure



exhibition space



project info:


design team: wsp architects

design/completion: 2013/2017.06

location: wuhan, china

site area: 54,361.93㎡

floor area: 96,513.08㎡

floor area ratio: 1.78 


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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