2DEFINE Architecture, with local partner Dalian Urban Planning & Design Institute, was selected to direct the design of the Yingkou Convention and Exposition Center, a four-story, 750,000 square foot facility in Yingkou, China.
The $68-million center will be a sea urchin-shaped building that will be the centerpiece of a new harbor created off of a satellite central business district in the port city. The oblong building, which will have no front or back, will face in all directions to allow 360-degree views. The convention center will be situated on a 14,000,000 square-foot man-made island, which will serve as a business destination. It will also feature outdoor promenades and gardens, a half-acre roof-top terrace overlooking the Bohai Sea, and outdoor space adjacent to the ballroom. An elevated four-lane road with pedestrian walkway will connect the island with the mainland.
The 150-foot-high center will boast a 270,000 square-foot contiguous exhibition hall, 55,000 square-feet of meeting rooms, a 200-seat fixed-seat auditorium, a 900-seat banquet hall, and a large glass atrium, two restaurants with harbor views, outside terraces, a 12,916 square-foot waterfront promenade and parking for 350 cars are also planned.
Construction of the island will begin this 2012 and the building is to be completed in 2014.
2DEFINE will work on the project with the Dalian Urban Planning and Design Institute which will serve as national partner and be the architect of record. 2DEFINE is the first architecture firm in China registered under a dual Chinese-foreigner national partnership.