Germany-based GMP Architekten has won an international competition to design a 1.2 million m² exhibition centre in China for Tianjin Planning Bureau.
GMP Architekten beat off competition from FUKSAS, HHP, NBBJ/BIAD and several other architects to secure the contract.
The National Convention and Exhibition Centre will have 400,000m² of exhibition floor space on one level and will be one of the world’s largest exhibition centres on completion.
The centre will be built on the site located at Tianjin Avenue, the main traffic artery that connects Tianjin’s historic centre with the Binhai Development Area at the coast of the Yellow Sea.
The north side of the site boarders the river Haihe and GMP said that the exhibition ground’s central access avenue runs between these two poles ‘to create a spatial connection between the traffic artery and the waterway’.
The architectural firm’s design proposes two identical construction phases featuring a central entrance hall roofed over by filigree canopies, eight exhibition halls on both sides and a main central thoroughfare to link the entrance halls with the exhibition halls.
Plans also include the addition of hotel accommodation, a congress centre, offices and administration facilities.
GMP said that the central access avenue will be elevated 9m above the exhibition and road level, providing access to the exhibition halls and the congress centre.
The exhibition halls will be arranged in a linear layout with a floor space of 12,500m² each and will be used separately or combined with an adjoining hall to provide a total of 25,000m² of space.
Other buildings currently planned for Tianjin include a pair of museums by Steven Holl and an Olympic-themed museum.
Image: Upon completion, the Tianjin exhibition centre will be one of the largest exhibition centres in the world. Photo: GMP Architekten.