Chan Town Showroom

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Cultural
  • Company/Firm
    Gwp Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Guowei Zhang
  • Location

Chan Town Showroom is located within the Qianxin Scenic Area of Longnan County, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province. The site is currently being used as a temporary parking lot, a critical functional program for the entire Scenic Area. It is not feasible to excavate at a different spot in the forest for another parking lot. Therefore, how to insert the showroom on the site while preserving the current parking function becomes especially important.
The design concept of the GWP team is to let the showroom “float” above the parking area.
Meanwhile the incoming visitors from the east and west ends circulate towards each other at different heights until converging at the center of the site. The visitor traffic flow follows the terrain of the mountain like a symbol of Taiji and fully merges into the site, eliminating the visitors’ senses of height difference while they are wandering around the site with a natural transition in between the 8-meter drop. The floating showroom can also be vertically separated from the parking space so that both can exist in harmony with minimal mutual impact.
The project will be completed and put into use in the near future.

Guowei Zhang received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the UCLA and his master's degree from both Harvard and MIT. He once served as the Chairman of ChinaGSD of Harvard Student Union, and organized and led Harvard's China trip. He is currently the founder and principal architect of GWP Architects. He was elected as a director of Harvard University South China Alumni Association in 2017, and was elected as one of the top ten Chinese design elites in 2018. He later served as the DEC co-founder of the Huaying Association.He elected as Vice Chairman of Shenzhen Industry Alliance in 2021.

Other prizes
2021 Brisbane Design Awards Gold Winner 2021 Gold Nugget Awards - Award of Merit 2021 MUSE Design Award Platinum Winner 2020 REARD Global Design Award Gold Winner 2020 MUSE Design Award Platinum Winner 2020 ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture Winner 2020 Outstanding Property Award 2019-2020 Asia-Pacific Design Competition-Golden DiamondAward