Architectural Design & Research Institute Of ZheJiang University

Yiwu Cultural Square

Architectural Design & Research Institute Of ZheJiang UniversityYiwu City, China - 2015
27. June 2018
Photo: Zhao Qiang
Yiwu Cultural Square is located on the bank of Yiwu River in Yiwu Economic and Technological Development Zone. With five floors above the ground and three floors underground, it is a large-scale cultural complex combining various functions of culture and entertainment, education and training, sports and fitness.
Project: Yiwu Cultural Square, 2015
Location: Economic and Technological Development Zone, Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, China
Design Company: Architectural Design & Research Institute Of ZheJiang University
Principle Designer: Danshen Dong
Design Team: Chen Yu, Qiu Wenxiao, Zheng Mao’en, Zhang Jiachen
Contractor: Zhejiang  Xiao Jiutian Construction Engineering Company
Structural Engineers: Shen Jin, Ding Lei, Bao Kanyuan, Ni Wenhao, Cheng Ke, Li Shaohua, Chen Gang, and Jin Zhenfen
MEP Consultants: Yang Yi, Chen Ji, Zheng Guoxing, Ren Xiaodong, Yang Wenzheng, Sun Dengfeng, Fang Huoming, Chen Zhoujie, Shao Chunting, Yang Guozhong, Lin Hua, and Li Xiangqun
Lighting Consultant: Cui Zichuang
Quantity Surveyor: Sun Wentong and Zhou Yongjie
Site Area: 29,362 m2
Gross Floor Area: 82,360 m2
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Yiwu is famous for small commodities. Small and medium-sized enterprises are densely concentrated in this place where the private economy is highly developed. In terms of urban construction, this means that the city is filled with a large number of homogenized and small-scale buildings featuring high density. Local citizens have a desire for iconic city architecture and open places for public activities.
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After being included in the central city planning of Zhejiang province, Yiwu has begun to take firm steps toward becoming an international metropolis and hoped to take constructing Yiwu Cultural Center as an opportunity to declare to the public its cultural confidence featuring openness to the international society and the future.
Photo: Zhao Qiang
Yiwu Cultural Square is a large-scale cultural complex combining various functions of culture and entertainment, education and training, sports and fitness, etc. Its design, which is minimalist with huge building volume, differs from that of ordinary buildings in the city. Its center is not a grand indoor hall, but a three-dimensional courtyard where a sunken square is linked with a roof garden through ramps and big steps. The space is organized with circulation and transforms step by step, and the landscape presented to people can be different as they walk around this place. Such a design technique learns from the space organization of traditional Chinese garden and builds on it.
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At the main entrance, the huge roof is like the clouds in the sky, and the huge gray space under the entrance is derived from the traditional public space model from Jiangnan regions, such as stage, ancestral hall, etc. This meets the needs of public cultural activities of Jiangnan regions. The design of combining the sunken square and the audience area is suitable for organizing public cultural activities with Chinese characteristics.
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When people walk across the long and big steps and reach the roof top which is open and wide, they are able to see the beautiful views from the distance: Yiwu River, Diaoyu Rock, and Lion Mountain. The minimalist facade along the river can change into a huge screen after nightfall, and this changing screen can be even more glamorous with the gleaming reflection of Yiwu River, becoming stunning scenery of the city.
Photo: Zhao Qiang
Photo: Zhao Qiang
Photo: Zhao Qiang
Photo: Zhao Qiang
Photo: Zhao Qiang
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