Excerpt: The architectural project Chongwen Langyue Exhibition Centre was designed by aoe Architects with the aim of creating a vibrant urban public space that stands out from standard office buildings. Based on the site conditions, the design takes a novel approach with overlapping building elements. It not only meets the functional requirements but also offers a visually appealing form by rearranging the different functions and intertwining numerous blocks.
[Text as submitted by architect] aoe presents its work on the Chongwen Langyue exhibition center in Jingyang County, situated in the central part of China’s Shaanxi Province, to the north of the Jing River. Known as the heartland of the “800-mile Shaanxi” region, the area holds historical significance as the birthplace of the People’s Republic of China. The project is strategically positioned on the eastern side of Zhengyang Avenue, at a prominent intersection.
aoe approached the project with the goal of creating a dynamic urban public space that stands out from traditional office buildings and serves as a symbol of Jingyang’s future development, promoting a new way of life.
Based on the site conditions, the design adopts an innovative approach with intersecting building blocks. By rearranging the different functions and intermingling various blocks, it not only meets the functional requirements but also creates a visually captivating form. The main entrance is designed in the shape of a sail, representing smooth sailing, thus establishing itself as a new landmark in the area.
The outdoor landscape seamlessly integrates the building into its surroundings by employing a consistent linear design language, and by blending landscape structures with geometric forms. Through the strategic use of different geometric shapes, the team delineates the landscape, creating well-defined pathways and enhancing the overall user experience. Water features and landscape structures are incorporated to harmonize the building with nature, instilling a sense of tranquility in users.
The lighting design employs an abundance of colored lighting elements, leveraging the building’s unique characteristics. By cleverly manipulating the reflections of light on metal surfaces, an enchanting ambiance was created, evoking a dreamlike atmosphere.
The interior design embraces a holistic approach, merging architecture and interior seamlessly. The various geometric forms within the building become an integral part of the exterior façade, showcased through glass curtain walls. This dynamic display of different materials and colors adds visual interest.
Metallic textures, such as aluminum panels and mirror-finished stainless steel, are extensively used throughout the interior to create a fashion-forward and futuristic atmosphere. The interplay of large geometric forms injects a sculptural quality and a sense of playfulness into the space, stimulating curiosity and a desire for exploration among visitors.