This hilly site at the riverside, which consists of 12.4 SqKm, is located in the outskirts of Chong Qing, near Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, in Sichuan Province.
The program is huge: 8 to 10 large exhibition halls, hotels and a convention center. In this Eco/Topo conscious design, natural slopes nest the massing and allow flying/cantilever connecting STREET to be unobstructed with the great views of the Horizon and magnificent sunset on one side.
This STREET with translucent and undulating 3D high tech membranes is supported by naturally clustered columns, with angles wherever structurally required. This recalls local cantilevered river front vernacular architecture. STREET will be open all seasons, while exhibitions, partially or entirely closed. This creates an un-programmed EVENT SPACE. The Jialing Riverfront will introduce wetlands and landscape aerations to help in cleaning the river and natural environment.
It is required to pay special attention to local landscape features, while maintaining a contemporary character of a large scale public buildings, and create a Regional Landmark.
Respecting Local Ecosystem (River, Hills, Watersheds)
River Regeneration Strategies and Waste Water Management
Integrated Pedestrian/ Transit System
Emphasize on In-Between Spaces ( Positive Spaces )
Efficient adjustment of large programmatic elements and integrating with Existing Topography
Borrowing from Traditional Architecture Heritage
Strategies for Livable Phased Developments
Maximizing Use of Renewable and Free Natural Resources
Minimizing Ecological Footprint
Frank Sabouri with BMP Shanghai.