Chapman Taylor wins design competition for new Exhibition Centre at Chongqing Liangjiang Innovation Zone

Chapman Taylor has won a design competition for a 3,000m2 exhibition centre within our 680-hectare Liangjiang Innovation Zone masterplan project in the Chinese city of Chongqing.

The new centre’s design concept draws inspiration from the key masterplan themes – “beautiful mountain and clear water”, “green and intelligent”, “connected, open and sharing” and “vibrant and diverse”.

The four-level building sits next to a walking route near the top of a mountain, from where extraordinary views over the whole innovation zone, the central lake and the surrounding mountain landscape can be enjoyed. A pedestrian trail will wind its way gently up the hillside towards the building, which will also be served by a lift with panoramic views, creating an immersive sightseeing experience for visitors.

State-of-the-art facilities and event spaces will allow for interactive digital experiences. The building contains an exhibition hall, a family workshop, office space, a reading/study/social area, a digital media space, a meeting room and a flexible space for temporary exhibitions, as well as viewing platforms and a spacious café deck.

The design seamlessly integrates interior and exterior spaces, with a stepped spine route through the building acting as a visual focal point which represents the mountainous nature of the region. The concept is based on a contemporary interpretation of a traditional local village in terms of both its spatial organisation and its materials.

The landscaping will also relate to the context, making use of plants appropriate for the mountainous wetland environment.

Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio created the winning design for this exciting new exhibition space in Chongqing.

Johnny Jiang (MArch MDA (Master of Design Arts))

Director, Shanghai and Beijing

Johnny has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led many important, large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

He plays a leading role in some of the Shanghai studio’s most significant urban design projects, and is skilled at combining innovative concepts with the requirements of China's market and the local context. Johnny’s leadership during the construction process, and his strict control of project quality, have been widely praised by clients and partners.

Johnny joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018.

Areas of expertise:

Architecture / Interior Design / Urban Design / Masterplanning / Mixed-use

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