China   |  2021

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Strait Culture and Art Center

Entrant Company

CHINA CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING DESIGN GROUP CO.,LTD.& PES-Architects Ltd.

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

FUZHOU NEW AREA DEVELOPMENT&INVESTMENT GROUP CO.,LTD.

Sub-Category

Sustainable Living / Green

The Straits Cultural Arts Center located in the south bank of the Min River in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China.It's a cultural complex consists of a multi-functional theater, opera house, concert hall, art museum, film center and central culture hall, occupying approximately 153,000 square meters of total floor space. The design chose the idea inspired by the city's flower, the jasmine as its design concept. Jasmine is a world-famous symbol of Chinese culture and the city flower of Fuzhou. This fully reflects the unity of regional and global culture. The five main buildings form five white jasmine petals, the Liang Cuo River is like a flower stalk passing through the middle of the petals, and several small petals form a water-friendly platform deep into the Min river, which together form a magnificent Chinese picture of "water, moon and sky with jasmine flowers". The core materials the building used are ceramics and bamboo, which are indigenous to Chinese culture. Furthermore, both of them are the original materials of Fujian that saves a lot of money in the production and transportation. More than 40,000 ceramic sticks and louvers are used on the elevation, with a unique standard size of 1760mm; 36,000 ceramic panels are used on the back elevation, derived from a unique standard block of 400mmx800mm. The project is therefore the largest ceramic curtain wall building in the world. The interior design uses heavy bamboo and art ceramics with patterns derived from Chinese Yuan Dynasty porcelain jasmine and peony twigs, respectively. More than 1.5 million "peony twigs" bloom on the walls of the opera house. The concert hall is made up of 25,000 pieces of white art ceramics. The zirconium oxide sound-deadening microporous art deco ceramics developed specifically for this project to fill a gap in the Chinese market. The Straits Cultural Arts Center is not only the largest cultural arts center in Fujian, it has become an international platform for local art exchange, a core place for cultural life and a window for cultural export to China, besides a new cultural landmark in the southeast coast.

Credits

Chief designer/CCDG
Zong Wu Xu
Chief designer/PES
Pekka Salminen
Main designer/CCDG
Yu Hui Song
Main designer/CCDG
Yue Xing Tang
Main designer/PES
Martin Lukasczyk
Main designer/CCDG
Wei Xing Dong
Main designer/CCDG
Zong Rui Chen
Project manager/PES
Lin Li Lai
General design consultant/PES
Samuel Hsuan-yu Shih
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