The Arcade Hangzhou conference center, China convention venue design, modern Chinese overlay architecture photos
August 19, 2022
The game room
Design: Superimpose Architecture, Netherlands / China
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, East China
Pictures of Wu Qingshan
The Arcade Hangzhou, China – Conference Center
How do you transform a dark basement of a mixed-use shopping complex into a warm and pleasant conference center that appeals to a young and avant-garde clientele? Creating this interior design project “The Arcade” in Hangzhou presented Superimpose Architecture with this as its main design challenge.
To solve the impending daylight problem of the conference center, Superimpose Architecture incorporated key features of a traditional shopping arcade; a once successful architectural typology of retail and public spaces that flourished in Europe from the 18th to the 20th century. These arcades consist of a series of arches supported by a colonnade with retail storefronts on both sides. Natural daylight streams in through the glass skylights, creating a pleasant and protected indoor retail environment and social gathering space.
In the conference center, two long linear acrylic ceiling boxes “floating” with artificial light resemble the canopies of the shopping mall and mimic the color and intensity of natural light along the two main circulation axes. The light boxes also have an immediate visual impact in the basement and serve as a clear traffic indicator. Both axes can also be used as exhibition space.
The concrete columns in the basement are deliberately exposed, revealing the initial inspiration for the selection of the archway as a design concept. Façade-like white modules are inserted between structural columns and along two main axes to create entrance portals to functions such as meeting rooms and auditoriums. Each modular gate comes with its own respective functionality. The auditorium portal can be fully opened, allowing the auditorium to expand and become part of the entrance area for events.
Each conference room has a distinct spatial concept and character, which is achieved through color selection, fixtures or materialization. Seating in the large auditorium is arranged in a semi-circle that runs the length of the space to create a forum-like setting. Linear light boxes follow the layout of the seats and give character to the space. Wooden louvers and red carpeting help improve the acoustics and create a warm atmosphere in the auditorium.
Upon entering the conference center, visitors will instantly notice another element designed as a practical solution to the dark feature of the basement. A large, oval-shaped floating frame with different types of light built in helps make the transition from outdoors to indoors more pleasing to the eye. Keeping the ceiling open and exposed allows daylight to enter the basement from the adjacent courtyard below. The entrance area and the “living room” with a café and a lounge area are designed to be pleasant and green. They are places where visitors can stay for a long period of time to relax between activities or work.
With the design of the conference center, Superimpose Architecture achieved its goal of using the inconvenience of the basement as inspiration, resulting in the transformation of a dark and unpleasant space into a working environment and a social place. welcoming.
The Arcade Hangzhou Conference Center, China – Building Information
Project name: The Arcade
Client: Hangzhou Haiyue Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Location: Hangzhou, China
Function: Conference Center
Scope: Interior design
Design Company: Layering Architecture
Directors: Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt
Design team: Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt, Ana Raluca Timisescu, Yunqiao Du, Junwei Loh, Valeryia Mazurkevich, Shuyang Li, Michal Marcinkowski, Rafaela Agapito, Jay Peng Shijie, Xiaoyu Xu
Size: Phase 1 – 2,600 m²
Completion of design: 2021.01 – 2022.06
Photography: Wu Qingshan
Overlay Architecture, China
Superimpose Architecture is an award-winning Chinese-Dutch design firm based in Beijing, Rotterdam and Hong Kong, founded by three accomplished partners Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange and Ruben Bergambagt. Since 2015, Superimpose has worked on a wide range of project typologies and scales in Europe and Asia. With their international team of innovative designers, they create meaningful and sustainable spaces through architecture, master planning, interior and exhibition design.
Superimpose employs a bold and creative Dutch design approach, hand in hand with a tactile and sensible Asian design philosophy. Superimpose Architecture does not advocate any particular design style, but rather focuses on applying problem-solving strategies to find design solutions that are functional, durable, innovative, clean, balanced, well-detailed and striking. Superimpose Architecture is proud to reflect with its clients to improve or redefine the specifications. Over the years, Superimpose Architecture has built a strong portfolio of projects, which together establish a proven track record in strategy-based design.
The name “Superimpose” reflects their design methodology and office mentality. These architects design with contextual awareness and carefully layer contextual components into their designs with the responsibility to enhance, protect, recycle, revitalize and sustain their natural and built environments. They design with future generations in mind and their design is about people in terms of scale and usability.
Superimpose has completed several high caliber projects such as TOD Vanke Sky City Project in Hangzhou, ‘Micr-O’ Rural Education Center, ‘the Re-Veil’ Factory Transformation, ‘Y-Loft’ Residential Development City’ and the Well Living Lab, among many others. The partners share their experience on around thirty built projects. Prior to founding Superimpose in 2016, the partners worked at leading international firms such as Foster + Partners, Benoy, Spark Architects, Richard Stirk + Harbour, waa, Urbanus and Mei Architects and worked on the award-winning Bloomberg headquarters from the Sterling price, and on Amazon. Headquarters in London and Museum of Contemporary Art in Yinchuan.
In addition to receiving several project design awards, such as the “Iconic Awards”, the “American Architecture Prize” and the DFA in Hong Kong, Superimpose has received international recognition by being shortlisted as Dezeen Emerging Architect of the year 2018 and by AD100 YOUNG as in the top 100 young architecture firms in China in 2020.
The Superimpose Architecture team is selected based on diversity rather than similarity so that different perspectives and cultures can inspire us. Architects believe that design should not be the creation of a single individual. Overlay architectural design by listening to each other and organize “idea farms” to stimulate knowledge exchange between their international practices.
Superimpose Architecture values all forms of collaboration to make their designs more accomplished. Besides their successful collaborations with many local design practices and architecture-related disciplines, they collaborate with sustainability experts, cultural experts, filmmakers, projection artists, light artists, wood craftsmen , furniture manufacturers and many more. Superimpose Architecture supports sustainable initiatives that create a better, livable community for their future generation.
Superimpose also continuously contributes to academic and public design education. Superimpose Architecture has participated in various conferences, lectures and design reviews at AA Visiting School, Tsinghua University, Oxfords Brookes University, Netherlands Embassy, Beijing Design Week, at Hong Kong Green Architecture Association, Hong Kong Chinese University, etc.
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