US-based architecture firm tvsdesign has been selected by the Nanjing Hexi District in China to expand the southern side of Nanjing International Expo Center (NIEC).
The southern expansion will increase the exhibition space of NIEC campus originally designed by tvsdesign.
The southern expansion will have retail, entertainment and officeready for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and to complement the new Youth Olympic Center, situated near the site.
tvsdesign principal Kevin Gordon said, "Our understanding and work history in Nanjing allowed us to custom tailor the competition entry as a clear complement to our original design."
The expansion will add a combined 300,000m² of office, retail and exhibition space, and create a series of pedestrian laneways.
Pedestrian pathways will allow residents and visitors to the area to experience the urban environment and the lifestyle vision of the Hexi District.
tvsdesign said the design has been influenced by the surrounding mountains and waterfronts to improve architectural roof forms and shape towers that emphasise the importance of the Olympic Axis to the Hexi District.
Nanjing International Expo Center was opened in 2008 with eight exhibition halls spanning across 30,000m² area.
In 2006, tvsdesign, formerly known as TVS, secured the contract to design Nanjing International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been dubbed ‘Curling Dragon, Crouching Tiger’.
The centre features a conference centre and dozens of meeting rooms, an outdoor exhibition space, a junior ballroom and a grand ballroom, which offers views of the city.
Image: The expansion will add a combined 300,000m² of office, retail and exhibition space. Photo: PRNewsFoto/tvsdesign.