Text deion provided by the architects. Poly Future Metropolitan is ideally located in the core area of Future Science City, Changping District, Beijing. Changping Future Science City, being a new science city at the national level, bears the country’s expectations for technological innovation. To carry forward the overall theme and spirit of Future Metropolitan Project - future and technology, the Exhibition Center pursues a simple, pure and agile style. The design fully employs steel structure and glass curtain wall system with dynamic overhanging and a neat shape, both exerting its iconic exhibition function and demonstrating its spiritual connotation of an integration of art and technology.
The design sources its idea from a city parlor floating on the water. Its interior space is flowing and continuous in a sense of purity; people walk through steps to catch a sight of the extending city and nature. The exterior space is designed to be neat, transparent and light-weighted; people wander around here to be only impressed by a cluster of light shadow which represents a future lifestyle, leaving the building itself behind.
▲ 悬挑体量下的主入口_杨超英 摄影
Given that the main entrance of the Exhibition Center is close to urban roads, the design focuses on building a front court full of twists and turns for the main entrance, which, with desirable boulevard and waterscape, well attracts people into the Exhibition Center from hustle and bustle city life. The secondary entrance is located in the small landscape courtyard on the east side, which may also be used as a venue for temporary events. The courtyard with a sense of place is adjacent to the raised discussion area, thus mixing up space boundary between interior and exterior spaces. The logistics entrance is placed on the south side of the building and leads to an intimate bamboo trail, so that the staff will by no means interfere with customers.
▲ 东侧次入口与景观小院_杨超英 摄影
The exterior is shaped as a simple and pure all-glass cube, with the central part being hollowed out to create a water atrium. The space under the stepped book bar is overhung to ingeniously unveil an entrance full of dynamics. Waterscape is designed at the bottom of the building, the glass ceiling at the lower edge of glass curtain wall is separated from the water, together with the designed light strip, the whole building creates a sense of lightness, as if it is floating on the water.
The interior space serves the basic functions of display, contract signing and offices, in the meantime, it pursues a sense of mobility in the space. 1F and 2F are connected through the stepped book bar, and the two floors of the discussion area below the steps are raised to present a multi-purpose space as if in a theater.
▲ 建筑外观_杨超英 摄影
▲ 建筑漂浮于水面的轻盈感_杨超英 摄影
The interior streamline is circulating. Wandering around the central water atrium, one may ascend the book bar stairs, stop by the artwork, and read under the tree. People in the building are looking far into the distant scenery, whereas people outside the building are savoring the building amid the scenery.
The external enveloping structure is fully applied with a glass curtain wall system. First, super large and ultra-white glass is used to generate pure and transparent effect. Second, glass ceilings are innovatively provided in the joint between curtain wall and parapet, curtain wall and ground beam. Such joint detail design makes the curtain wall and water completely disengaged, building an agile and transparent city parlor floating on the water.
What is future? And what the future life would be? When you wander upwards along the steps, when you listen to the sound of running water, and when you view at the booming streetscape, the answer is blowing in the wind….