Zhongxian underwater exhibition hall
crossboundaries architects together with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design is proposing a new urban planning for the central area of the city of Zhongxian.
Recently there were changes in the urban policy of Zhongxian, main reasons for those changes were:
1. the building of the Three Gorges Dam, which caused the rise of the river water level: part of the city along the riverside had to be removed.
2. the conversion that many Chinese provinces are undertaking by shifting from an agricultural/industrial based economy to one related to tertiary activities, in this case tourism. The plan for Zhongxian is to turn it into a touristic attraction/zone.
Within this urban planning crossboundaries architects was in charge of submitting two proposals: one for a museum dedicated to the local poet Bai Juyi 白居易, the other one for an underwater museum that could also host city meetings.
The Underwater Hall is a mixed -used floating platform. The local government wish is to combine region and city exhibition, conference and also representing function in one space.
The interesting location on the river gives lot of opportunities for the landscape quality view. The building is situated at the end of the axis, which begins with head office of the local government and then goes down the hill towards the water. There are three connections between the building and the riverbank, the main one is forming the extension of the axis, the other two ones are slightly angled footbridges to the coast.
crossboundaries architects 和北京市建筑设计研究院正在进行位于忠县市中心的一项城市规划项目。
在这个城市规划项目中，crossboundaries architects 负责两个建筑方案的设计：白居易纪念博物馆和城市水下展览馆。