Architectural Design

 
 

Canton Tower (© Information Based Architecture)

The international competition asked for the design of the tower, a park at its base and the masterplan for the surrounding area. The design team at Information Based Architecture wanted to offer the city a new form that would challenge the way typical TV towers were built. By twisting the top from the bottom floorplate, the tower was given a curvilinear profile that looks different from every angle. The structural exoskeleton frees the core from the burden of lateral forces, allowing for a tower that incorporates a diversity of spaces and floor-plan sizes. The team won the competition and commission.

At completion in 2010, it was the world’s tallest TV tower at 2,000 feet. Today, it is widely considered an innovative structure, a symbol for Guangzhou, and appreciated throughout China. The tower was the venue of the 2010 Asian Games opening ceremony, has been the subject of the National Geographic’s series “Megastructures,” and is currently ranked by TripAdvisor as the number one landmark in Guangzhou, a “Must-do.”

Author: Information Based Architecture (Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit)
Architectural Designer: Stefan Al
Advisers: Arup (structure, installations, sustainability)
Guangzhou Design Institute (local architect)

 
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Art Square (with XML)

For the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, Stefan Al together with XML designed a new Arts Pavilion. By reimagining the classical Miesian pavilion typology of a glass box and roof, this proposal sets out to create a pavilion that offers two distinct types of exhibition spaces. Under a large canopy, a glass-enclosed box offers a 4.5meter high unobstructed space, that can be adapted to an infinite amount of layouts for the exhibition of painting, sculpture, video, photography and other media. The northeast corner of this glass façade can slide open, allowing the exhibition area to be extended outdoors towards the future M+ Museum. On the waterfront, the canopy slopes downward and becomes a public ‘art square’ as a second exhibition space. This square connects to the water as a welcome differentiation of the waterfront promenade. From here, the steps onto the roof create a small amphitheatre offering views to Central and Victoria Harbour, as well as an elevated platform for exhibiting outdoor art. In this way, the pavilion can accommodate art in all its disciplines: whereas the inside space lends itself primarily to the visual arts, the outside space can also be a platform for time- based arts such as performance, theatre, music and cinema. The potent yet simple shape together with the wide array of possible configurations for exhibiting art will give the pavilion prominence in the large new development of the WKCD. Here, the architecture of the pavilion serves art by adding public space to Hong Kong’s urban life and by bringing together different audiences. Hence, the pavilion – A2 – is not only a place for experiencing art, but also a place that offers a new perspective to


Authors: XML Architects and Stefan Al
Arup Hong Kong (structure, installations, sustainability)
Advisers: AGC Design Ltd (local architect)

 
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Canton Tower (Information Based Architecture)

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Urban Design

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Exhibitions

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