Tianjin International Exhibition Center

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Tianjin International Exhibition Center
The Bin Hai International Exposition Center in Tianjin, China, was designed as a world class, technologically advanced conference and exposition center serving the general public as well as trade shows, political conventions and other significant gatherings. The center is a focal point of TEDA (Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area), a new satellite city, created as a center for high tech and other new industries outside of China’s third largest city. Lee Harris Pomeroy (LHPA) was selected to create a complex that would accommodate major international trade conferences and symbolize the new energy and diversity of this modern industrial area. LHPA’s design was inspired by a traditional Chinese fan in its structure and form. To that end, the 1.2 million SF center is a three-level curved building with a saw-tooth stainless steel roof. The curving façade is both symbolic and functional, creating an interior “boulevard` with glass walls, skylights and several entrances allowing the center to accommodate simultaneous conferences, each with its own focus and identity. A high speed monorail connects directly from the center to downtown Tian Jin and Beijing, two hours north. Exhibit spaces for large functions are divisible for smaller functions. Exhibit spaces for smaller functions, ballrooms with their accompanying break-out areas, meeting rooms, conference spaces, restaurants and bar areas; business and support spaces are organized in a cohesive and logical form. The concept also supports and embraces the commercial, recreational, and tourist functions that TEDA has planned for this part of its new city two hours southeast of Beijing. An internal circulation spine with multiple entry points allows for the ability to provide separate events and trade shows with their own identity and functions. If desired, each show can have its own entry and segregated registration. The circulation spine also permits conventioneers and tourists to stroll down the “boulevard` and review what’s happening. Extensive use of glazing along the perimeter of the exhibition spaces permits good visibility from outside the Center, allowing visitors to sense the activity within. Constructed in two phases, the center was completed in time to host the recent, World Economic (Davos) Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions Conference in September, 2008. LHPA has also completed design for a planned 56-story luxury hotel and condominium tower situated in the center of a lake, adjacent to the convention center. The hotel project’s unique vision consists of three intertwined cylindrical components clad in green glass overlaid with a diagrid structure of stainless steel. The three cylinders – small, medium and large – were inspired by the twisting forms of ancient cypress trees. The tri-part structural form rotates two degrees per floor, a subtle torquing that presents a dramatic silhouette that looks different from every angle and variation of light. The design will give residents and guests panoramic views of the surrounding area – which includes a soccer stadium, a Paramount entertainment park and the new convention center – as well as views of Bin Hai Bay. Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects collaborated on these projects with Tianjin Architects & Consulting Engineers (TACE) and Weidlinger Associates, Inc., structural engineers. The Bin Hai Convention Center was built by the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA). The developer for the Hotel is Genercon (Tianjin) Co, LTD.


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