2011: Civic Cultural Exhibition + Activity Centre - Korla, Inner-Mongolia, China

An international design competition for a dedicated City Planning Exhibition Centre of 10 000 sq m, shortlisted to ZAI Pty Ltd and one other.

The planning principles take reference from the blossom of the pear tree, and it’s transgression over time from a soft, fragmented form to an element of strength and purity of form. The building is conceived as an opening flower in the greater context of a park.

The building has at its core a sunken exhibition court around which fragments of building mass are composed.

The buildings comprise a collection of exhibition spaces which are arranged and linked in a very specific manner to tell a story through time, while offering a versatility of space and lines of visual interaction.

At street level the buildings float in pools of liquid, acknowledging the regions oil wealth.

The Park environment comprises the building cluster and a formal garden along the river boundary and an undulating informal garden along the eastern edge. Landscape directional markers interact with adjacent buildings off site.

The design and its specification demonstrate a strong commitment to reduce the impact of the building on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency.

We congratulate inForm studio [USA] on winning the competition.

In association with Greatland – Guangzhou.