2024 | Professional

NY Architectural Design Awards Silver Winner Winner

Time River

Entrant Company

HZS Design Holding Company Limited

Category

Cultural Architecture - Cultural Centers and Community Halls

Client's Name

Beiing Zhongkai Yingtai Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

Country / Region

China

Time River Experience Center is located in the Jinzhan section of Chaoyang District, Beijing, adjacent to the sub-center of the city in the east, CBD and Wangjing in the west, the National Cultural and Creative Experimental Zone in the south, and Beijing Capital International Airport in the north. On the east side of the site is the junction of the new channel of the Wenyu River and the old bend, and these two channels with different curvatures form a paradise.



The design of the exhibition area is based on the theme of "Superposition Record of Time, Philosophical Exploration of Light and Shadow". In the proposal, architects tried to combine local culture and historical heritage to express our unique understanding and cognition of nature and culture. In terms of overall planning, the design intended to interpret the general understanding of time in the language of architecture, and endow the building with the task of carrying space. In this way, time is transformed into a perceivable entity, encouraging people to pursue their own ideal life.



Water and soil are two important elements of the local culture of this project, which have evolved into architectural clay bricks and high-transparency glass respectively, and together constitute the light and shadow expression of local culture in architecture. The dry-hanging terracotta bricks suspended on the outside of the glass curtain wall cast different shadows with the changes of light brought by the sunrise and sunset and the alternation of seasons, just like the sparkling water on the surface of a river bend, flowing endlessly. The glass curtain wall is arranged in an array. When a little light slowly emits through the holes, it will arouse people's curiosity and desire to explore.



Space folding is an important design technique of the project, and architects use it at the two entrances to strengthen the layering of the space. The overhanging building corners and the retracting and outward-facing walls form a multi-level three-dimensional space, highlighting the drama and conflict of the building, and time is recorded in such a blend of physical expression and space.

Credits

Lead Architect
Guanhua Cai 蔡冠华
Lead Architect
Wei Han 韩伟
Lead Architect
Peng Yao 姚鹏
Architect
Kai Zheng 郑凯
Architect
Dexiang Jiang 江德祥
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