gmp, Changzhou Culture Center, China

Arata Isozaki,


Libraries, Sport & Wellness, Pavilions, Museums,

The project by the architecture firm, von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) won the international competition for the Changzhou Culture Center.

gmp, Changzhou Culture Center, China

The Changzhou Culture Center will cover an area of 365,000 square metres, making it six times bigger than the Louvre in Paris. It will include an art museum, a science museum and a technology museum as well as a library and other support facilities. The centre is intended to become the main hub for the cultural initiatives of Changzhou, a city of three million inhabitants. An international competition for the design of the cultural centre attracted leading world architecture firms, including: KSP – Jürgen Engel Architects, Arata Isozaki and gmp.

The architecture firm gmp, von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, won first prize with a structure that reflects some of the architectural elements of southern China. The structure is comprised of six, 45-metre high modular pavilions that give the whole complex a unified appearance from the outside but inside, it’s a completely different story, with each module different in height and distinguished to cater to the different architectural functions.

The outside green area is formed of generous landscapes with plays of water and a canal that cuts right across it all, in general a welcoming place that will become a meeting point for the city .

(Agnese Bifulco)

Project: gmp Architekten
Location: Changzhou, China
Photos: courtesy of gmp © Crystal Digital Technology



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