City Crown——The Dragon Lake Public Art Center

  • Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Architectural Design - Cultural
  • Company/Firm
    Studio A+
  • Lead Designer
    Min Wang
  • Design Team
    Mei Ding, Hui Li, Yuliang Wang, Ye Miao, Shizhuang Zhu, Dahua Liu, Chongshuo Wang, Kefeng Liu, etc
  • Architect
    Studio A+
  • Interior Designer
    Ge Zhang, Wuting Li, Hongyu Wang
  • Const. Company
    The Second Construction Limited Company of China Construction Eighth Engineering Division
  • Photo Credit
    Su Chen, Chun Fang,Zhendong Jiang, Arch-exist photography
  • Location
    Zhengzhou, Henan Province, P.R.China
  • Project Date
    September 2020

Located in the waterfront public park along the lake shore, the Center requires two major art exhibition spaces. One is with minimum daylighting for multimedia display; another with the possibility of sight-seeing. In order to limit its impact on the surroundings, we positioned the former on the ground floor and buried into a green mound. The major volume visible from city is the latter, in a form of a big ‘ring’, hovering above the land. The floating ‘ring’ expresses its truss work, celebrating the city’s achievement.

The ‘ring’ with a diameter of 51.2 m is supported by only 3 columns, with big spans in between to allow unobstructed views underneath.

All the columns at the perimeter of the ‘ring’ are eliminated by a cantilevered structure to ensure a panoramic view out from inside the ‘ring’.

By burying and lifting the major volumes, we give the outdoor space back to the city, and create platforms at multiple levels to accommodate different public activities. The building becomes an open architecture where people can promenade.

The lighting system inside the ‘ring’ can be connected with the region’s big data and output artistic expressions accordingly.