Light Cube (Multifunctional Public Serivce) by Nelson Tam
2018 - 2019, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
Inspiration
The building facade system is like the Chinese traditional craft ivory carvings, which fully shows the changes of illusory and reality and light and shadow. The glazed curtain walls with flowing shades and shadows have created natural inter connectivity between interior and exterior of the building through its facades, which deliver great modern and artistic sense of space The design has built relations between building and light by means of utilization, optimization and celebration of light.
Creativity
The light cube serves as an important public function and is responsible for holding the annual CIOE, an complement to the functions of the surrounding districts. It adopts the design of a unique geometric metal truss as the facade that can reduce 30% of the air conditioning energy consumption; a more than 250 meters reception hall integrated the public transport routes, also connected the 37 meters high three story Exhibition Center; the leading innovation in vertical transportation planning in China is here to ensure high efficiency in logistics loading/unloading in each layer.
Design Challenges
The client needs to design a high standard exhibition and conference center in the new Optics Valley Central City for annual CIOE to be held in Donghu New Technology Industrial Development Zone. With land occupation of only 5.4 hectare, a convention and exhibition center with floor area of around 70,000m2 as well as affiliated hotel with floor area of approximately 20,000 m2 need to be created. In addition, the convention and exhibition center needs to have net exhibition area of some 20,000 m2, and accommodate 1,200 standard stands.
Production Technology
The glazed curtain walls with flowing shades and shadows have created natural interconnectivity between interior and exterior of building through its facades, which deliver modern and artistic sense of space. Design intention of light cube is to give light form and integrate light and space. However, the intangible, colorless and formless light is just as ethereal as space; the design has built relations between building and light by means of utilization, optimization and celebration of light.
       
     
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