Congress Center

Hangzhou, China

Façade planning Congress Centre City of Hangzhou, China

Completion: 2010
SizeGFA: 20.000 sqm
Client: Administration Department City of Hangzhou
Architect: Pysall Ruge Architekten
Project partner: DBH Stadtplanungs GmbH, Hangzhou
General Planning Civic Center: TJADRI (Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University (Group) Co. Ltd.)
Photos: Jan Siefke

As the new central form of the main administration building of the City of Hangzhou, capital of Zheijing Province, the Congress Centre resembles a large precious stone.

The Zheijang Province is known for its tea producing region. To express the building’s regional characteristics, design of the façade is based on the superimposed configurations of the tea cultivation pathways and the planting nets. As a result, the building is enveloped by a multi-layered fabric, giving it a true architectural plasticity. Seen from a distance, the façade appears like a rigid volume, but dissolves into a network of structures and levels on approach.