Xiamen Conference Centre
While with Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning
Role: Associate-concept team lead-Vancouver Office
Located in the southeast district of Siming in Xiamen City, China, the site is situated in the tourism centre north of Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre. The District is an expanding centre for tourism, recreation, commercial and residential buildings. This area will become a modern ecological coastal landscape region containing very important landmark building clusters of the future Xiamen Bay City.
The concept for the design is inspired by celebrating the beauty of Xiamen’s lush coastline. A lotus blossom form evokes the natural and expressive beauty inherent in the Chinese opera theatre forming the focal point of the interior courtyard of the site. The public courtyard is sheltered by a sweeping five-story podium building uniting two dynamic towers dancing in rejoice of the flower.
The courtyard provides an urban plaza for both local residents and visitors to enjoy. Also serving as a natural evacuation space for the Opera Theatre, the central courtyard represents the main open stage to the site predominantly occupied by pedestrians. The main entries into the site is situated along the central east and west sides of the site. A central landscape paved plaza from the east-side approach leads pedestrians into the site along the courtyard side of the podium.
As part of the developer driven competition process, one concept team from each Canadian office was engaged with the final concept being a synthesis of two schemes.